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MAROC Newsletter 13th October 2020
The DNC is back, starting in 2 weeks time at Balmeadie.
Thanks to all our volunteers over the past 2 weeks:  Glen O Dee training: Katja Neumann; Cambus O May training: Roger Coombs, 
Maroc Calendar  

-Sun 8th November: Creag Choinnich, Braemar, Local Event 
-Sun 6th Dec: Dinnet, Local Event

Deeside Night Cup

-Wed 28th Oct: Balmeadie
-Wed 4th Nov: Haughton & Murray Parks, Alford
-Wed 11th Nov: Crathes
-Wed 18th Nov: Dess
- Wed 25th Nov: Dunnottar

For more full calendar and more details check the DNC blog here and also check the Maroc and Gramp  websites for final updates.

Please see SOA Events Page for full calendar of O fixtures.
President's Piece

Our four Wednesday training events have been a great success with many members returning to the forest. I’d like to particularly acknowledge coaches Sarah, Sue, Katja and Roger for putting the series together so effectively. It’s also a great tribute to our volunteers that planner/organisers for the forthcoming Deeside Night Cup (DNC) series were ‘sold out’ in less than 24 hours! 

There have also been two very successful Local Sunday events on Deeside recently; our event at Cambus O’May and Gramp’s at Glen Dye. Much has been learned about how to run Covid-safe events as efficiently as possible and we are currently working with Gramp to streamline the upcoming DNC events. These start at Balmedie on 28th October and Maroc’s first event is at Murray and Haughton Park in Alford the following Wednesday. Give Night ‘O’ a try if you have not done so before, it’s a rewarding challenge. 

This streamlining will also carry through into two Sunday Local events we are holding at Creag Choinnich by Braemar (8th November) and Muir of Dinnet (6th December). These are important to keep us going through the autumn and winter and compliment the night orienteering. They will be low key events, much closer in style to what we have been used to pre-lockdown although Covid safety will, of course, be paramount. 

We are still looking for organisers for both events and a planner at Muir of Dinnet so if you were unsuccessful getting a DNC event here is another chance. All the computing and Covid requirements are covered by the established teams. 

The events schedule is filling up and we have come a long way since April. We are in continuous contact with SOA and SportScotland to keep up to date with all the latest Covid guidance to keep everyone safe at our events. 

Take care, stay safe. 

Nick Hale

ScotJOS 2020/2021
Congratulations to Maroc's newest members of the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad; Ruth Gooch, Yann Newey and Ranolph Whitehead.
They join current members from Maroc Adam Barrie, Ewan Musgrave, Catriona Chapman, Joel Gooch, Jonas Newey and Amber Graham.

Good luck to all these juniors in the coming year!
Upcoming SOA Online Courses and Training

Nov 4th 7:30-9pm (and subsequent 3 weeks) Coaching Foundation - 4 x 1.5h online sessions with a practical club supported element. This is the first step towards a full coaching qualification. More info here

Nov 25th 7-9pm Event Safety Workshop - Mandatory workshop for anyone who wishes to help plan or organise an orienteering event. More info here

Volunteers Still Needed
The next two events being run by Maroc still need volunteers:

Creag Choinnich - 8th November - organiser
Muir of Dinner - 6th December - planner & organiser

if you can take on any of these roles please contact Denise Wright
Don't forget to read the latest issue of SCORE, SOA's quarterly magazine.

Paper copies can be requested via the SOA office (details in every issue).

As always, contributions from all readers are welcome.  If you'd like to discuss, email
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