Kids find their way at club orienteering event

Right Direction: Coach and organiser Judith Holt teaches  how to read a map and look for clues at the Matlock Orienteering Club taster session at Arc Leisure Matlock.
Right Direction: Coach and organiser Judith Holt teaches how to read a map and look for clues at the Matlock Orienteering Club taster session at Arc Leisure Matlock.

KIDS put their best foot forward earlier this week when they took part in an Indoor Introduction to Orienteering session, held at Arc Leisure Matlock on Tuesday.

The session was organised by Matlock Orienteering Club and overseen by club member – and Derbyshire Sport Award category winner – Judith Holt, to give local youngsters a half-term taste of orienteering and perhaps encourage them to come along to the club.

Matlock Orienteering Club was set up last year as an offshoot of the already well-established Derwent Valley Orienteers, to stimulate interest in orienteering in the town and surrounding villages.

A series of taster sessions since then, often held in Hall Leys Park, have attracted people from far and wide to have a go at something a little different.

Building on Tuesday’s session, Derwent Valley Orienteers and Matlock Orienteering Club, with the support of Derbyshire Dales District Council, are now organising an event in Hall Leys Park to take place on Saturday, February 18, at which you can try your hand at orienteering.

This involves using a map of the park to navigate your way round to find controls.

You can walk or run, it suits all ages and abilities and it’s fun.

There will be three courses – easy, medium and hard.

The event will run from 10.30am to 12noon.

The cost is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.

For more details, please contact Judith Holt on 01629 582325 or you can email matlocko@btinternet.com.