Club plan heading in right direction

On The Map: Dale Hill, ten, and William Carter, ten, prepare to navigate their way around Hall Leys Park and Pic Tor as part of the Derwent Valley Orienteers open event in Matlock.
On The Map: Dale Hill, ten, and William Carter, ten, prepare to navigate their way around Hall Leys Park and Pic Tor as part of the Derwent Valley Orienteers open event in Matlock.

AN event in Matlock’s Hall Leys Park aimed at getting people to join a new orienteering club in the town has been hailed as a success by organisers.

Derbyshire Dales District Council and Matlock Town Council are working in partnership with British Orienteering and Derwent Valley Orienteers to develop a new club night in Matlock.

To help promote the club, and give people a chance to learn more about the sport, the Try Orienteering event was held.

A specially designed course was set up, providing a safe environment for everyone to take part. For the older and more adventurous, there were courses out to Pic Tor.

Now, it is hoped people come along to the first of the weekly Matlock Orienteering Club nights, to be held on Wednesdays starting from May 11 at Matlock Town FC between 6.30pm and 8pm.

Viv McDonald from Derwent Valley Orienteers explained: “It was a successful event on Saturday and we had around 50 people attend, many of whom had never tried orienteering before and quite a few in the 4-12 age range.

“We are hoping many of them will come along to the new club nights, as well as those who couldn’t make it on Saturday. The club nights will offer a mix of fitness work and orienteering skills to learn.”

She continued: “There was some funding available through Sport England for orienteering. So as a group, we decided to start clubs at Derby, Chesterfield and Buxton. We had some success there and also saw there was a gap in this area so we are trying to fill it.”

She added: “We are delighted to be linking up with Matlock Town FC, who are providing a base for the new club.”

Entry to the club nights is £2 for adults and 50p for children.

For more information, call Viv McDonald on 01629 734307.

or you can log on to www.dvo.

There will be another opportunity to take part in a Try Orienteering event at Hall Leys Park on Wednesday, June from 4pm – 7.30pm in Hall Leys Park.