Club update October 2023

by Jen Leonard — 28th October 2023.

The victorious FVO team The victorious FVO team

Hello everyone


We are currently having some technical issues with our club communications system (called FVOmail), so are working to transfer our communications for club members onto another system. We will be using emails registered by members with British/Scottish Orienteering, so please make sure that your email address is up to date in their databases - depending on which membership you have (British or Scottish), then log onto British Orienteering or Scottish Orienteering Membership to check this now.

This message is going out to both FVOmail and also membership email addresses - apologies if you get it twice. We will also post club updates on the club Facebook and website until the transition to the new system is complete. If you are a club member and notice that find that you are not receiving club emails with this information anymore, then please contact Neil Polwart our membership secretary for help.

Club Development Officer

Our current club development officer, Dan Graves, has been focusing on newcomer families, with a successful series of come and try it events at Beecraigs at the end of the school holidays. He has also been working on a fun incentive pack for families to get started in orienteering and a revamp of the new members pack, both of which we plan to launch in 2024. Dan has now returned to his 4th year studies at Glasgow University and we thank him for all his work over the summer/autumn which has been much appreciated.

We are therefore now recruiting for a new Club Development Officer. The job description is now on the FVO website with a deadline of 1st December - please pass on to any friends across the orienteering community who might be interested.

Coming up in November

After a mega-October in FVO-land with an incredible Euromeeting weekend and our juniors winning the Scottish Inter-Area competition, we are looking forward to an exciting November.

Our Night series is about to get underway on 8th November, with a host of super events to get you out in those crisp winter evenings - a big thanks to Lewis Taylor for coordinating this excellent series and thanks to all the planners/organisers as well. This year, we are again laying on novice courses which are suitable for adults and juniors. One of our great club coaches, Jason Inman will be helping pair up novice adults with shadowers, so please contact him if you are interested in having a go. Similarly, he will help find shadowers for U16s who must be accompanied by an adult at least initially. Entries are now open.

Our club team will be travelling down to the Forest of Dean for the CompassSport Cup final (UK inter-club competition) and a chance to reclaim the Cup after our very narrow defeat last year. Thanks to Jon Cross and Dawn Goddard for coordinating the team and logistics.

Next up is our club champs in Hermitage Woods above Stirling University (entries now open) on Saturday 18th November, thanks to Gary Longhurst for planning/organising.

This is closely followed the same evening by our ever-popular club Awards Dinner - a great evening of home-made food and ceilidh dancing at the Victoria Halls in Dunblane, with thanks to Caroline Clarke for organising. Come and see your clubmates without their muddy gear and decked out in their finest kilts and dresses! Sign up now for both events, which are the traditional highlight of the club year.

Club training weekend, Speyside

Always a great opportunity to get to know your clubmates, get some high quality training on some gorgeous Speyside areas from our coaches and practise your new skills at the score event at Loch Vaa. There are still a few spaces left in the Kincraig centre (a bargain at £60 per adult for the whole weekend including accommodation, food and training), so sign up soon before it is full.

See you there! Jen

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