COACHING WEEKEND NEW FOREST 28TH TO 30TH MARCH 2003
Are you a beginner puzzled by all this jargon about attack points and bearings?
Do you have a vision of speeding smoothly around a course with the controls springing into view just where you expect but only seem to muddle along in practice?
Did you enjoy the last coaching weekend and are eager for more?
Do you want to polish your orienteering technique before the JK?
Or just fancy a sociable weekend in beautiful scenery?
Then SLOWs next coaching weekend could be for you!
The coaching exercises on Saturday will be on Hampton Ridge North (subject to land permission) an area used for a previous November Classic. The area provides good opportunities for sharpening up your contour appreciation. All standards including juniors welcome.
Accommodation is at Foxlease near Lyndhurst. This is a Girl Guide Association National Training and Activity Centre also open to other organised groups. We will be staying in Beaverbrook Lodge with bunk beds for 26 people (a large dormitory for 20, a room for 4 and a room for 2). Priority for the smaller rooms will go to juniors or maybe snorers! There is also an option of camping at Foxlease but please let me know if you would prefer this option as it will need to be arranged in advance. Beaverbrook Lodge has showers, kitchen, common room, a drying room and boot store and there is a tuck shop on site! Cost for Beaverbrook Lodge £4.65 per night, camping probably £2.35 per night. It is provisionally booked for the Friday and Saturday night.
On Sunday there is the Dorset Delight, an age-class competition event on Bisterne Close near Burley (also in the New Forest). A chance to try out your new skills and pitch yourselves against your club rivals. I would like to encourage people to run the same courses as each other to encourage learning by comparing and discussing routes and to see whether youth will triumph over experience. Which combination of courses this would be would depend a bit on the spectrum of people taking part but I would hope we could group ourselves over just 3 or 4 different courses (long, medium, short plus easier for juniors?). Cost for the event is £7.50 for pre-entry by 17th March 2003. Limited entry on the day is possible for £1 extra. Details of the event on www.cix.co.uk/~wsx/wsx.htm
And finally, I know a good tea-shop in Lyndhurst ..
Please let me know if you are interested by 27th February 2003 (to allow time to cancel accommodation if no interest and to nominate some courses to enter for the badge event, replies after this also possible but earlier reply preferable)
Accommodation required in Beaverbrook Lodge Yes/No
For Fri and/or Sat night?
Would prefer to camp?
Staying elsewhere? .
Approx. distance and technical difficulty preferred for the Dorset Delight event? (Do your own pre-entry by 17th March after an e-mail exchange has determined nominated courses) ..
Help! Ive no idea how to pre-enter an orienteering event. Tick here .
Any preferences for skills to practice in the coaching exercises? ..
Any volunteers for:
Putting out and collecting controls?
Planning a training exercise? (In co-ordination with Chris Fry)
Shadowing less experienced orienteers?
Finding a good place to eat on Sat night (or volunteering to cook!)?
Buying communal food for breakfast/lunch?
Co-ordinating transport down there?
Anything else you can offer?
Please return to Heather Walton via