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Generic information about Deeside

Location

The Deeside training camp is based at the Templar’s Park Scout Camp, Maryculter (http://www.templarspark.org.uk/ ). The site is only 8 miles from Aberdeen and is easily accessible from the A93.
The Deeside valley is rich in excellent orienteering areas such as Glen Feardar, Cambus O’May, Inchmarnoch, Creag Choinnich etc.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in two buildings, the George Smith centre and the White House. Both have a number of dormitories of various sizes and their own showers and toilets.
The tour chef prepares all the meals on site and specific dietary needs are catered for. Athletes will be expected to assist with minor chores during the camp.
The site is 45 acres in size so there is plenty of room for outdoor games.

Background

2013 was the first year that this site has been used for an extended tour, previously having been used by ScotJOS (The Scottish Junior Squad) for weekend trainings.
Although this is the first time that this location has been used for this tour similar tours have taken place since the late 1990’s based at Glenmore Lodge, Badaguish and Lagganlia.
The move to Maryculter has been largely prompted by restricted land access caused by the presence of capercaillie and WOC 2015 in the Spey valley.

Terrain

As indicated above there are many top class orienteering areas along the A93 from Braemar in the east to Aberdeen in the west. In addition to those mentioned above there are the areas of Bogendreip, Glen Dye, Scolty and Allt Cailleach all within easy reach of the centre.
These areas present different orienteering tests to the terrain in the Spey Valley and are seen as a suitable progression for the juniors.

Attendees

The camp is aimed at M/W15’s who have achieved the required standard in the nominated selection races (See Deeside Selection criteria). It is expected that up to 16 M/W15’s will attend
In support of the camp there is a Tour Manager (TM) who has responsibility for such things as travel, accommodation, food etc.
The TM is supported by a chef and a Lead Coach. The Lead Coach has a team of up to 8 coaches, providing an ample coach: athlete ratio.

Team Manager's Report

Staff

Iain Embrey Tour Manager (Nominated Safeguarding Officer)
Matthew Vokes Lead Coach
Maureen Brown Coach (Assistant Safeguarding Officer)
Ben Winsor Coach
Fiona Petersen Coach
Philip Vokes Coach
Rona Lindsay Coach
John Ockenden Coach
Tamsin Moran Coach
Jakob & Irene Petersen Chef

Athletes

Rebecca Aspin
Catherine Bloom
Eilidh Campbell
Sarah Duckworth
Niamh Hunter
Anika Schwarze
Sarah Pedley

David Bunn
Alistair Chapman
Angus Harrington
Stanley Heap
Thomas Howell
Daniel Spencer
Alastair Thomas
William Thomas
Tom Wood

Two of the athletes were on last year’s Deeside tour – this did not seem to be a problem (note all exercises were planned new). The TM and LC believe that we would have been fine with 20 athletes at the current staffing levels, particularly since the showering and clothes washing facilities were much improved.

The majority of the tour was injury free, although there was some minor ankle damage by Stan and Anika – the former being much improved by the end of the week and the latter sitting out the final day.

The coaching team were relatively inexperienced, but their youthful joyfulness lead to a most enjoyable tour for the athletes. We used a coaching group structure with pairs of coaches taking primary responsibility for 4 athletes between them. The coaching groups were designed specifically to mix genders and regions, and with a mind to avoiding athletes having the same primary coach as during a previous tour. The coaches in charge of each team were also primarily responsible for compiling their athletes’ tour reports. These groups were also then used as the basis for duty teams for the week. The duties generally worked very well, although periodic cleaning of the showers and dining area would have been useful.

It was difficult to orchestrate sufficient cleaning of the busses, buildings, etc with a 09:52 train for the athletes – consequently 4 of us spent a few extra hours doing this.

Duty Groups

Group No./ Names 1 2 3 4
  Rebecca Catherine David Sarah D
  Eilidh Sarah P Anika Tom H
  Alastair T Tom W Stanley Alistair C
  William Angus Daniel Niamh
Coaches: Ben Iain Maureen Phil
  Fiona Tamsin John Rona

Duties

A: Set up breakfast the evening before (9.30pm)

B: Clear tables and wash up breakfast and set up dinner (8.30am)

C: Clear tables and wash up dinner (after dinner)

D: Help cooks to make food - chopping vegetables etc (when requested)

Rotas

GroupNo./ Day 1 2 3 4
Mon A B C D
Tues B C D A
Wed C D A B
Thurs D A B C
Fri A B C D
Sat B C D A
Sun C D A B
Mon All clear up All clear up All clear up All clear up

Day Timings

8-8:30 Breakfast including making lunch
9:00 Briefing in dining room (These 1hr later on Thursday, Friday & Saturday)

10:00 in bed
10:30 quiet lights out

Evening sessions generally took place a few hours after dinner – on the two evenings with night training they ran concatenously into these which worked well. These generally included 10-15 minutes of coaching groups debriefing on the day… possibly could have been better structured as individuals reflect then discuss with a coach…

Towards the end of the week the athletes reflected and then filled in a coaching comments sheet (see last page) for themselves – this was very effective but would have been more so if they had done so more independently before discussing with a coach. It would have been good for each athlete to leave with a sketch training plan for a typical week in the autumn, and some notes on how to adapt this through the year.

A short reflective debrief at the end of the week allowed the athletes to decide upon (and share with us) particular points to take away and work on, future goals, and some feedback on the week. These were then recorded on postcards which Matthew will send out in December and incorporated into tour reports.

We arrived on Monday 1st and departed Monday 8th.

  Tuesday 2nd Wednesday 3rd Thursday 4th Friday 5th Saturday 6th Sunday 7th
        Easy Day   Tour Champs
Day Area Sluie Coull Balmedie Tyrebagger Scolty Glen Dye
Night Area   Templars' Park Newmillhill      
Overarching Theme Plan Picture Direction Race Prep / Speed The Whole Thing Together Tour Champs
  Working out where you want to go and how you’ll get there Knowing what to expect when you get there and how you’ll know you are there Now in what direction is that, and how to make sure you’re going in that direction Starting to speed up / race techniques Putting the whole thing together Tour Champs (am) + fun relays (pm)
Day Planner Fiona Rona Tamsin Phil Iain / Zoe Ben (AM) / Matthew (PM)
Planned Activities AM Attack Points, Long & Short Legs, Leg Splitting, Map Memory Contour Only A-D, Control Circle A-E Blanked Out, Corridor, Compass Simplification, Control Flow, Trains Downhill Control Pick, Traffic Lighting, Pairs Learning Tour Champs
Planned Activities PM Norwegian Course Draw Your Own Map 1 & 2 Clock Relay, Long Legs 1 & 2 N/A First Legs, Czech Relay Mixed Sprint Relay
Evening Planner Iain John / Fiona Maureen / Ben Iain Rona Matthew
Evening Activity Contours (including outdoor sandpit exercise) Training, S&C / Circuits taster Motivation Technical / Tactical / Physical / Psycological JWOC Experiences Reflections & postcards Party :-)
Night Planner   Matthew Phil      
Night Activity   Odds & Evens Relay “KnightO” courses      

The Venue is extremely cost effective and quite fun – showers had been improved to a good standard. Rooms were used as follows:

7 girls in the George Smith Centre (sleeps 8 room)

2 chefs in the room opposite the kitchen in the George Smith Centre

Female coaches x 4 in the George Smith Centre (sleeps 6 room)

9 boys in the White House sleeps 8 room

Male coaches x 4 in the white house sleeps 6 room

Iain in the White House (sleeps 2 room).

Leaving a spare 4 bed room in the GSC

Tour tops: “contrast tech tee” were sourced from  frontrunner.org.uk. Service was generally excellent and speedy. Quite wearable customised named tops came to about £9, and I also purchased a number of rather nice medals with GBR coloured lanyards and the engraving “JROS tour champion” for 85p each. Both were well received by athletes.

The areas used were mixed: Glen Dye was fabulous except for the orange areas which had impassibly heavy bracken – perhaps there are two good days of training here (bilberrys also excellent). Scotly was excellent in all areas used by the exercises. Balmedie was excellent and a good source of variety. Coull was pretty decent around the top of the hill and apparently in the northern section too, however Sluie was mediocre, Newmillhill was pretty poor and Tyrebagger is a place to avoid in future years.

SI equipment was borrowed from WCOC as were stakes and kites; GRAMP and MAROC were most kind in arranging OCAD files and access for us with a small charge. My training kites were supplemented by a set of CUOC reflectors which were used at night. Having my printer available during the tour was extremely useful, Matthew also brought a printer with a scanner. 4 more JROS radios were purchased – 8 was a good number since most forest coaches had one. All 8 were The tlkr T80 extreme model which continued to perform very well.

Tour accounts are below. The same system as last year was used to minimise athlete expense - £230 initial cost plus top up if needed. This year due to having 4 fewer athletes and greater travel expenses (not a S6D year) a top up of £18 per person was needed. Feedback from the parents on this method was positive.

BML printers were duly credited on our tour tops for their continued excellent and valued support, and Turner hiredrive once again supplied vehicles in a cost effective manner.

Notes were made throughout the week by coaches using this A5 pro-forma, as per previous years.

Selections

Rebecca Aspin - CLOK
Catherine Bloom - LOC
Eilidh Campbell - MAROC
Sarah Duckworth - DVO
Niamh Hunter - WCOC
Bethany Kippin - TVOC
Sarah Pedley - EPOC
Anika Schwarze EBOR

David Bunn - TVOC
Alistair Chapman - MAROC
Angus Harrington - HH
Stanley Heap - SO
Thomas Howell - SN
Harry Scott - LOC
Daniel Spencer - WCOC
Alastair Thomas - WCOC
William Thomas - MWOC
Tom Wood - ERYRI

Selection Policy

Date

The camp will run from Monday 1st August – Monday 8th August 2016.

Eligibility

The camp is for M/W16’s born in 2000 and M/W15’s born in 2001

Numbers

The camp will be for no more than 20 athletes, the final number being determined by the Selectors and the Team Manager.

Criteria

Athletes wishing to be selected will have achieved the standards set out below in the following races;

  • Midland Championships, 2016 (28th February)
  • Northern Championships, 2016 (17th April)
  • JK Day 2, 2016 (26th March)
  • JK Day 3, 2016 (27th March)
  • British Long Distance Champs, 2016 (30th April)                

Standard for selection

Athletes will be selected in increasing percentage of time behind the winner in each of the above races as averaged over their best three results in the above races.

The selectors may choose not to fill all available places.

The tour selectors

The tour athletes will be selected by Susan Marsden (Chair), Pauline Olivant and Sue Roome.

Illness or injury

All cases of illness or injury which may affect an athlete’s ability to compete in one of the above selection races should be notified in writing to the athletes Regional Squad coordinator prior to the running of that race, clearly explaining the reasons for their failure to compete. The Regional Squad Coordinator will make the Selectors aware of such notifications.