Thursday, 22 April 2010

Officiating courses at Eltham College

After a visit to the club last Sunday by Jack Boteler, the BFA Young Official Development Officer, we are to hold our own officiating courses at the School. He enjoyed his visit to us, and especially liked the Q&A’s part when he was asked “do you like bagels”.

Unfortunately there are various age restrictions for the awards, but fencers can pass the exams early and the awards become “official” at the required ages. BUT all fencers that pass will get a certificate.

When dates for the courses become available they will be advertised here, and places will be offered first to Eltham College Club members, then to others outside the club.

Peter Huggins, chair of the Guild of Armourers will be instructing our fencers in the four modules needed to pass the Journeyman Armourer Award. The modules are:
1. Weapon control
2. Floor design, layout and piste laying including apparatus assembly
3. Fault Finding – personal equipment and apparatus
4. Equipment repairs
The full details of the modules are in a file “Journeyman armourer examination procedure” in the Files section of our member’s area.

David Baker and Nick Payne, both FIE referee’s, will be teaching and examining the grade 3 and 4 referees award.
Full details of the refereeing awards are at:

Piste Assistants Course
This course covers scoring & timekeeping for a referee, general introduction to officiating at fencing events.
We will be running these courses ourselves as and when required.
The course lasts 2 hours and you don’t have to be a fencer to attend.
The session includes a presentation and practical exam and candidates are provided with a resource booklet.

Competition Administrator
This is a one day course and includes training to run software used for international fencing events.
Applicant must have basic IT skills and must bring a laptop to the course.
No prior knowledge of fencing essential.
This course will run once we have enough candidates.

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