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Deeside Orienteering Club Information

Deeside Orienteering Club (DEE) was founded in 1969 and is an affiliated club of British Orienteering. Geographically, DEE organises orienteering and draws its membership from the area of Cheshire west of the M6 and south of Manchester going as far south as Crewe; the Wirral, the Sefton coast (Birkdale, Ainsdale, Formby, Altcar and Hightown), Liverpool and St Helens. We also organise some events around Wrexham and Mold in north east Wales. Our neighbouring clubs are detailed on our Links Page.

The Club's Constitution was last updated at the Annual General Meeting on 20 November 2016.

Organisation

Orienteering is co-ordinated in the UK by British Orienteering, which employs a small professional staff for its administration. British Orienteering is run by its Board which includes amongst members some orienteers. Clubs are grouped into geographic regions and DEE is the southernmost member of the North West Orienteering Association (NWOA), which extends over England west of the Pennines from Cumbria in the north to Cheshire in the south. Communication within British Orienteering nearly always runs from Club to Region to British Orienteering and vice-versa; British Orienteering committees are drawn from members across the country. All of the British Orienteering Clubs have a standard, up to six-letter, abbreviation of their name for convenience; Deeside Orienteering Club's is DEE.

Membership

DEE is open for and welcomes new members of any age or status. If you want to learn more about membership then the Membership Page may assist you with details,types of membership and membership rates. Alternatively you may prefer to contact the Membership Secretary () .

The Club Membership List is published to all DEE members every Spring; it provides the contact details of all members so that Club Members can keep in touch and Club Officials can put together teams for relays and other events like the Compass Sport Cup and can establish event teams for the numerous Club events and activities.

Club Kit

Orienteering tops in the DEE colours (red, white and black) can be ordered from the club. Please see more details, photos and sizes on the DEE Orienteering Kit page.

Newsletters, Magazines and Social Media

As well as looking at this website, you can learn about the Club and orienteering in general via:

  • "Deeside News", the Club's Newsletter, which is published every two months and sent to club members.
  • The Club's Facebook page facebook
  • The Club's Twitter feed @dee_oclub Twitter.
  • Other materials and newsletters sent direct from British Orienteering to full British Orienteering members.

Events

DEE stages events throughout the year including:

  • Summer Evening Events from April to July.
    These incorporate a Summer League held in association with one of our neighbouring clubs MDOC. Both clubs have found these events to be:
    - Ideal introductions to orienteering
    - Good training opportunities for all members
    - A great way to introduce members in how to plan, set-up and run an orienteering event
    - And most importantly, plain old good fun!
  • The Winter Saturday Series, which incorporates the Cheshire and Merseyside Schools League. These events, held on Saturday mornings, are open to all who want to take part, whether schools or individuals, juniors or adults, experienced or beginners.
  • A Night Street League in the winter.
  • Major events that attract orienteers from clubs all over the UK.

Award Schemes

All events organised by DEE and other clubs are a part of at least one of the Award Schemes, namely:

  • The Deeside Colour Coded Scheme
  • The North West Orienteering Association Colour Coded Scheme
  • The British Orienteering (BOF) Colour Coded Scheme
  • The British Orienteering National Badge Scheme

You can read about these schemes here.

Coaching and Training

The club runs coaching sessions for juniors (often after Saturday morning events where there is a cafe for parents) and for adults, beginners and experienced orienteers. In addition our level 2 coaches can work with individuals to develop tailored physical and technical training plans.

Contact our coaches here () .

Permanent Courses

Within the DEE area there are several Permanent Orienteering Courses that are available for use by anyone at any time once the requisite map has been acquired. The courses are in the following areas: Chester, Runcorn, Warrington, Northwich, Frodsham, Widnes, and the Wirral. More details about these courses and how to obtain their maps is available on our Permanent Orienteering Courses page.

Social Events

All of our club social events are advertised in the "Deeside News" newsletter, Twitter and Facebook.

In addition to the regular socialising that goes on in the car park and around the assembly area at our events, our programme consists of:

  • The annual Club Championships held in October/November
  • The annual Club Social held shortly after the Club Championships
  • The Turkey Trot (a post Christmas fun event and social)
  • The Winter Weekend, held usually in February
  • And there is always the Club Tent to be found at many of the larger events the Club attends (the current tent is a red tunnel tent)

Contacting the Club

To contact us:

 
 

DEE Committee and Officers

  • Chairman:Pete Owens ()
  • Secretary:Barry Barnes ()
  • Treasurer:Duncan Harris ()
  • Fixtures:Jean Payne ()
  • Deeside News Editor:Clare Crocker ()
  • Membership:Barbara Majumdar ()
  • Welfare Officer:Paul Jones () Tel. 01244 660819
  • Web:Bob Elmes ()
  • Committee members:
    John Embrey ()
    Edward Jones ()
    John Padget
    Jane Mockford ()
  • General Enquiries:General Enquiries ()
Dee Juniors coming home to win the Evette Baker Trophy 2006