Volunteer Briefings

We will be adding information here to prepare you for your role at the Highland 2015 World Orienteering Championships - please check back regularly: An Invitation; Important Information; Last minute opportunties; Training videos; Essential Information for Sprint Marshals; Uniform and Accreditation collection; 6-day start information; Camping and other Accommodation; Meals; Transport, Car Parking and Travel Directions NEW; Social Programme; Social Media Guidelines

Last edited: 19th Jul

An Invitation!

Come and join in the Highland O Fest, an array of family-friendly outdoor activities including mountain-biking, running, maze, climbing, at Darnaway on Tuesday 4th August - all welcome.

Important Information

Volunteer Agreement 

Safety Information 

Last Minute Opportunties

It's not too late to get involved in a home World Championships, have a look at this page for one-day jobs. Please talk to anyone in the Volunteer Management Team for more information. 

Training Videos

What does a World Orienteering Championships look like? Induction Video No 1 for all volunteers: Introduction to a World Championships 

 

What will I do as a marshal? Induction Video No 2 for all marshals and any volunteers that are interested to watch: Being a marshal 

 

What is involved in a World Championships Arena? Induction Video No 3 for all Arena teams and any volunteers that are interested to watch: Helping in an Arena 

 

Information on the race formats and how WOC is different from other orienteering events. This Induction Video No 4 is for all volunteers: Overview of WOC2015

If you are interested to find out more, here are videos from last year's World Champs in Italy: Sprint Relay Race; Sprint Race; Middle Distance Race; Relay Race; and Long Distance Race 

Essential Information for Sprint Marshals

Marshal Information - please download our Marshal FAQ (Version 2). We will provide you with a printed final copy when you collect your uniform and accreditation. 

Marshal Induction and Uniform and Accreditation evening for LOCAL volunteers - please click here to tell us if you are coming at 18.00, 19.30 or not coming

Local Marshals invitation to Highland O-Fest on Tuesday 4th August in Darnaway - please click here to book your trail run and/or MTB map 

Uniform and Accreditation Collection

Event team uniforms and accreditations can be collected from the Event Centre at Eden Court close to Inverness city centre, (Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA). We will be providing a Volunteer Check-in service covering:

  • Uniform issue
  • Accreditation photo pass issue
  • Check of mobile and emergency contact information
  • Provision of Parking Pass for certain days (if not entered in the 6-days)
  • Provision of Day Information Sheets for each day you are volunteering
  • Provision of Marshal FAQ sheets for Forres and Nairn Marshals
  • Provision of a sample bottle of Bug Soother Insect Repellent for forest days volunteers

Any volunteer can collect their WOC uniform and Photo Accreditation Pass from the Event Centre, Eden Court, at these times:

  • Thursday 30th 10.00 to 21.00 WOC Volunteer uniform and accreditation collection (please note Scottish 6 Days Registration will not be open)
  • Friday 31st 10.00 to 13.00 WOC Volunteer uniform and accreditation collection (please note Scottish 6 Days Registration will not be open)
  • Saturday 1st 10.00 to 20.00 WOC Volunteer uniform and accreditation collection (please note Scottish 6 Days Registration opens at 12.00)
  • Sunday 08.30 to 12.30 and 18.30 to 20.00
  • Monday 16.00 to 20.00 (closed during Sprint Medal Ceremony at 18.00)

If you wish to check in and collect your Uniform and Accreditation from Forres or Nairn Arenas:

We will be providing a Volunteer Check-in service and can have your personal Photo Accreditation Pass available at the Arena Information Desk, by prior arrangement, at the following times: 

  • Friday 31st, Forres, 12.00 to 14.00
  • Saturday 1st, Nairn, 12.00 to 14.00
  • Sunday 2nd, Forres, 12.00 to 16.00

Please click here to request that your pass is taken to the sprint arena of your choice. Please note that we are unable to make up photo accreditation passes at Event Arenas, if you have not submitted a suitable photo, you will need to present yourself at the Event Centre at Eden Court to have your photo taken and pass printed.  

If you are attending the Marshal Training evening in Forres on Tuesday 28th July:

You will be able to collect your Uniform and Photo accreditation pass there. 

If you are taking part in the Scottish 6 Days and wish to collect your WOC Volunteer and 6-Day Registration Packs at the same time, the 6-Day Event Centre will be open in Eden Court, as follows:

  • Saturday 1 August: 12:00 to 20:00 - Information, help, bibs, tickets, merchandise (including pre-ordered), training maps (including pre-ordered) and WOC Volunteer uniform and accreditation collection
  • Sunday 2 August: 18:30 to 20:00 - Information, help, bibs, merchandise, training maps and WOC Volunteer uniform and accreditation collection

6-day Start information for WOC Volunteers

Volunteers that have told us that they are entered for the 6-days on a day that they have a volunteering role in WOC will be given a start time in the first start slot. If you are helping first shift and running later we can organise a punching start for you. We are asking all volunteers to be patient at the starts. It is a record entry year and there will be 6-day and WOC helpers, and IOF officials all needing early starts. 

Camping and other Accommodation for Volunteers

Volunteers who have booked the Event Campsite can check in from 15.00 on Thursday 30th. Please note this is a privilege for volunteers who have arrived early to set up. Participant camping opens on Friday 31st. 

Volunteers who have made other arrangements for hostel, homestay accommodation, etc will have beeen sent your personal instructions by Sarah, our Volunteer Accommodation Coordinator. Please make sure you have these with you and contact Sarah before Monday 27th July with any questions. 

Meals for volunteers

Thanks to generous support from Sainsbury's we will be able to provide ALL volunteers with a packed meal on Friday 31st, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd. For the rest of the week we ask all orienteering people to provide their own food. As a small gesture of gratitude to the Event Team members who are nothing to do with the sport of orienteering, and who have stepped forward to help us deliver our World Championships, we will be providing "Out of Sport" volunteers with packed lunches on other days. Please can we ask all volunteers to bring adequate water to drink as it's not easy providing drinking water in remote and temporary locations. Food and drink will be available to buy from Catering Outlets at all arenas. 

Transport

We will be providing very limited, pre-booked transport, mainly for oversees volunteers. To help you get to your locations, and to maximise parking efficiency, we will be supporting informal lift shares. If you can offer a lift, or need a lift, please visit the Information Tent and leave your details. Please also speak to your fellow team members and offer and ask for lift shares. Be aware that the 6-days operates a pre-booked bus service to take participants to and from 6-day race locations and these are not always the same places or times as WOC races. 

Car Parking

For Saturday 1st there is specific car parking for volunteers in Nairn: At Sainsbury's, Balmakeith Retail Park Nairn, IV12 5QW (on the grass) open 08.00-22.00.

For all other days, the parking for volunteers is at the main event parking. If you are entered into the Scottish 6-days, you can use your Parking Permit. If you are NOT entered into the Scottish 6-days please collect a Parking Permit when you collect your uniform and accreditation. 

Travel Directions to Arenas 

Sprint Qualification Forres: Volunteer parking in Grant Park, Victoria Road, Forres, IV36 1DF. Walk to Pilmuir Primary School, IV36 1HD, 10-15 minutes away, map provided at parking. 

Sprint Relay Nairn: Volunteer parking on grass next to Sainsbury's just off A96, IV12 5QR, then 15-20 minute walk to The Links (for Arena Team and Arena Stewards) or to Nairn Community Centre, King Street IV12 4BQ (for Course Marshals)

Sprint Final Forres: Volunteer parking in Grant Park, Victoria Road, Forres, IV36 1DF. 

Middle Distance Darnaway: Follow A96 east from Inverness, through Nairn towards Forres. Beyond the village of Brodie, turn right, signposted Whitemire and Conicavel. After 1km turn left. After 400m turn right through golden gates at East Lodge. Follow estate roads and WOC signage to parking area. Parking postcode IV36 2SW.

Relay Darnaway: Follow A96 east from Inverness, through Nairn towards Forres. Beyond the village of Brodie, turn right, signposted Whitemire and Conicavel. After 1km turn left. After 400m turn right through golden gates at East Lodge. Follow estate roads and WOC signage to parking area. Parking postcode IV36 2SW.

Long Distance Glen Affric: From Inverness follow A82 for 14 miles alongside Loch Ness to Drumnadrochit. Turn right on A831 for 12 miles to Cannich. Follow minor roads and tracks (route will be signposted) 5 miles to Tomich and Wester Knockfin. Please note last arrive by 12.00; no exit before 12.30. 

Social Programme

Event Team members are welcome at the Scottish 6-day Social events - please see timetable and booking information.

If you are not busy helping, we would be pleased to welcome you to the Opening Ceremony in Nairn on Saturday 1st; the Sprint Medal Ceremony in Inverness on Monday 3rd; the Relay and Middle Medal Ceremonies in Inverness on Thursday 6th; and Long Race Medal Ceremony and Closing Ceremony in Inverness on Friday Full and latest Programme here

Social Media Guidelines

A home World Championships is a major event for us all. We want to share our excitement via Social Media but we have to take care not to compromise the fairness of competition. In orienteering, all course information is closely guarded from the athletes. Please do not share any information about your role or location until after the athletes are in Pre-race Quarantine. These times will be on your day information sheets.

You can follow the World Championships on Twitter @WOC2015 #WOC2015, and on facebook.com/WOC2015. 

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