The Deeside training camp is based at Templars’ Park, Maryculter on the banks of the River Dee near Aberdeen. The camp is for around 18 athletes, the final number being determined by the Selectors and the Team Manager.
The camp is planned to run from Saturday 24th July – Saturday 31st July 2021
Congratulations to the following athletes selected for Deeside 2021.
Generic information about Deeside
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 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.
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.
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.
The camp is aimed at M/W16’s who have achieved the required standard in the nominated selection races (See Deeside Selection criteria). It is expected that up to 16 M/W16’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.
Please note that due to Covid considerations it is not clear at this stage what format the camp will take.
Adam Barrie Maroc
Laura Brown LOC
Catriona Chapman Maroc
Emma Crawford WCOC
Ben Gostick HH
Tommy Heap SO
Isobel Howard MOR
Alice Kemsley BASOC
Faith Kenyon MOR
William Lake SBOC
Jamie Lightfoot SYO
Iris McMillian ECKO
Daisy McNamara Ayroc
Adam Methven BKO
Jonas Newey Maroc
Imogen Pieters SYO
Isabel Sunley WCOC
Will Thomas Devon
We ask for nominations of athletes from Regions by 31st May 2021 on the form provided. This form to be submitted by the Regional Coordinator to the JROS Secretary (see below)
The selectors will at their discretion consider;
a) previous performances in major races in 2020 and major races in 2021 (up to 6th June 2021).
b) intention to compete in major races during the summer.
The selectors further request that Squad Coordinators, if they have more than one athlete being nominated from their Region, list their nominations in order.
If a further update to the policy is required, then this will be communicated as soon as feasible, in order to give athletes the best chance to plan and prepare.
Please note that no nominations received after 31st May 2021 will be considered.
Nominations should be sent to;
Secretary to JROS; Steve Kimberley ()
Any modifications to the order should be sent to the Chair of Selectors no later than 7th June.
The camp is for M/W16’s born in 2005.
The camp will be for around 18 athletes, the final number being determined by the Selectors and the Team Manager.
The tour selectors
The tour athletes will be selected by Susan Marsden (Chair), Pauline Olivant and Sue Roome.