The Scottish Orienteering Association has been successful in winning a grant through Cairngorm LEADER to fund a new development project in upper Deeside and Donside.
During the next two years Upper Deeside will host two major orienteering events; the “Scottish 6 Days – Royal Deeside 2017” and the 2018 British Orienteering Championships.
Both are expected to attract several thousand competitors with many overseas visitors competing in the 6-day event.
In the lead up to these events, the “Community Orienteering and Protection of the Environment” project will provide an exciting opportunity for the local community to get involved.
Project manager and Mar Orienteering Club coach, Sarah Dunn, will work with schools in Braemar, Crathie, Ballater and Strathdon as well as youth groups at the heart of the community to stage activities and also to help train leaders to sustain activities into the future.
Orienteering is a sport that can be enjoyed at every level from a recreational adventure through the woods to a high intensity physically and mentally challenging race.
At every level the sport has environmental appreciation at its heart and one of the big attractions is an opportunity to explore hidden and wild places, with different routes set at every event.
There are some fantastic locations in Deeside where orienteering can take place and it is hoped that the introductory sessions will encourage more of the local community to take up the opportunity to participate in the events.
For further information about the project, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or for more info on the 6-day event go to www.scottish6days.com/2017.