In the past, parents such as me have relied on word-of-mouth and printed newsletters to know what's going-on in the fencing world at Eltham College. This has meant lots of duplicated effort for Tim (saying the same message over and again to separate parents), and lots of newsletters that sunk to the bottom of smelly fencing bags and never saw the light of day again.
This site will offer the latest information on upcoming competitions, club coaching activities (including courses in the holidays), club events (such as charity fencathons) and other fencing activities and events that are of interest to the boys.
This site can also become a repository for:
- Hints & tips for beginners (fencers and parents alike!) with features on buying kit and entering your first competition
- Fact sheets on technique, warm-ups, diet, etc.
- Competition results
- Popular photos
In fact, I could go on-and-on about what this site could contain, but the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. The two key parts of that pudding eating will be a) putting information onto the web site in a timely fashion, and b) a groundswell of fencers and parents regularly accessing the information here (and finding it useful).
To help with the latter, I have provided a range of different methods of getting informed of changes to the web site, so there's no excuse for not using at least one of these methods!
I'm keen to gather feedback on the accessibility of the web site and on its value. If you have any thoughts, please let me know.
-Andy Ratcliffe (Rabbit's Dad)