Leading athletes from around the world will use the Eden Court Theatre complex as their base for the World Orienteering Championships when they take place in the Highlands and Moray later this year.

Agreement has also been reached to create a campsite at Bught Park for the use of orienteers attending the Scottish6Days event that will run alongside WOC2015 in August.

As well as providing a safe and secure site for Scottish6Days competitors the facilities of the nearby Inverness Leisure Centre will also be made available, while the campsite is close to Eden Court where the WOC2015 Event Centre is to be located.

The campsite will also have its own facilities in place including a marquee with a licensed bar, catering facilities and a full social programme.

WOC2015 will be based in Inverness and will run in parallel with the Scottish6Days event, already widely recognised as one of the world's top multiday competitions.

Well over 5000 spectators and participants are expected at what will be a festival of world orienteering, drawing participants and visitors from around 50 nations.

Held for one week from August 1, championship events will be held throughout the Highlands with long, middle and relay races being held at Darnaway and Glen Affric while Forres and Nairn is the venue for sprint events.
The Scottish6Days events will be held in Keppernach, Darnaway and Glen Strathfarrar, with the final day staged at Glen Affric.

Scottish6Days spokesman Colin Matheson said: "The campsite will be established on a pleasant, flat and well drained site. 

"Parking will be adjacent to the main camping areas which will include mixed, family, quiet and youth areas.  Buses will run from the campsite to events every day from Saturday, August 1 through to Saturday, August 8." 

Campsite bookings through the Scottish6Days entries system will be available very shortly.

Registration for the Scottish6Days as well as the WOC office will be established at Eden Court while that venue and adjacent facilities will be available for Team Officials’ Meetings and the International Orienteering Federation conference.  

The arrangements represent a change in the original planning for the event, with Colin Matheson saying: "We apologise to anyone who has been inconvenienced by the change of venue.  The campsite is on an attractive riverside location and within easy walking distance of Inverness city centre."

WOC2015 Director Paul McGreal said: "Inverness is a thriving city with many visitor attractions, places to eat and drink and a good range of shops all in a small and compact area.
"We are particularly delighted to be able to site our Event Centre at Eden Court which is also close to the city centre and provides us with world-class facilities for a world-class event."

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