Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Fencing parent needs your support

Cathy Ratcliffe is to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats over a 10-day period in June 2010, to raise funds for Demelza House.

This is a huge task to accomplish and has required months of training to prepare for the challenge.

Cathy is the mum of Jordan Ratcliffe, the ECfencing Team Manager, who has given up a lot of his spare time over the past 4 years helping our team succeed.

Andy Ratcliffe, Jordan’s dad, has produced and maintains this web site (well, blog actually) and I know this has taken a huge amount of his time also.

Please support this worthwhile cause by donating to Cathy’s chosen charity.

Click here for Cathy's justgiving website.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Chris Galesloot joins ECfencing coaching staff

We are delighted to announce that Chris will be joining our coaching staff from next week.
He had high praise for our fencers after meeting and fencing us on Sunday, and we felt his motivation and pro-active approach will complement and enhance our fencer’s development.
Chris is still competing in ‘A’ grades, European and World Cup events but wants to wind down his competitive schedule to concentrate on coaching.
He will be running the team’s footwork routines each week, mentoring our elite foilists and assisting to prepare all our fencers for competition.
Having Chris on board means our foilists can develop in line with the epeeists without feeling that changing to epee is a ‘promotion’!

Invicta U11 Competition 23rd May 2010

Fergus James won Gold at the Invicta U11 foil event on Sunday, giving him 2 gold medals in 2 weeks. His dad reported on the competition: “There were about 20 children in the U11 Foil. Fergus won every match he played. The final was very exciting, with Fergus trailing 6-8 at one point. He kept coming back until the score was 8-9 and then came through to win 10-9. “

Premier Foil Series at Bristol 22nd May 2010

Michal Burda travelled to Bristol and reached the last 8 in the U9 event on Saturday.
Michal had previously come 5th and 6th in the series giving him an overall ranking of 4th. We have to wait till the results are updated to see his new placing in the series.

Refeering course passed

Congratulations to fencers Ells Grover, Jordan Ratcliffe, Adam Whitelaw, Thomas Hood, and Andrew Hughes and coaches Katie Dolan, Jon Rhodes and Tim O’Conor who all passed the theory test of the Grade 3/4 refeering exam. We all have to do a practical exam at a competition to become qualified referees. Keith Smith, BFA President, who ran the course commented “Many congratulations to all the participants. I was very impressed with the knowledge, enthusiasm and determination to do well”. If any other fencers would like to take the one day course then contact Tim.

ECfencing sponsorship

We are keen to get our team kit soon, so this is the last chance for any parents to offer their companies to sponsor our team. Contact Tim for details of how your company can benefit from sponsoring us!

Sunday Training

Training will continue till the end of the term in the main sports hall. There is no fencing on Sunday 13th June (London Youth Games) or Sunday 20th June (England Youth Championships).

Friday, 21 May 2010

Foil international fencer to visit EC

Chris Galesloot will be visiting us this Sunday (23rd May) to talk about his career and to demonstrate his skills by fencing our team. Chris is currently ranked 163 in men’s foil in the world but has now slowed his career to concentrate on coaching. All fencers should try and attend on Sunday.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Referees course on Saturday 22nd May

Keith Smith, BFA President, will be running our refereeing course on Saturday starting at 9.30am in the Junior School hall. Should be fun!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

ECfencers dominate the Kent Championships

As coaches, we have high expectations of our fencers, and our fencers have set high goals for themselves and train hard to achieve their targets

Eltham College fencers have been very successful in the Kent Championships for the past three years and last weekend we won 8 medals which is testament that our fencers are the best in the county.

We are especially proud of our Under 10 fencers who won all the available medals in their age group. This proves we have a great potential and can produce future champions.

It is difficult to pick out who were the best fencers as we were so very successful, but as usual Adam Aspden produced a mature performance to win silver in the Under 14 event.

The Wells brothers, Luke and Ethan, won silver in their age groups by keeping their cool and maintained focus.

The Tucks, Owen and Lewis, had a great days fencing and both won bronze in their age groups.

Performance of the day goes to Fergus who stormed to victory to win gold in the U10 age group. Fergus was consistently calm under pressure and out fenced all his opponents.

Good sportsmanship is always high on our agenda at competitions, we want our fencers to have fun and help others. To this end our fencers helped set up and clear away the event, and refereed during the day.

This story is also covered on the school’s website here
More pictures from the event are here

Kent Foil Championships results of all ECfencers:

Under 14
Adam Aspden 2nd

Under 12
Adam Whitelaw 1st
Luke Wells 2nd
Owen Tuck 3rd
Oakley Hill-Smith (last 8)
Tim Pearson (last 8)
Elliott Wedge (last 8)
Ben Dines (last 16)
Ben Ellis (last 16)

Under 10
Fergus James 1st
Ethan Wells 2nd
Lewis Tuck =3rd
George Garton =3rd
Harrison Hazeldine (last 8)
Christian Mitchell (last 8)
Michal Burda (last 8)
Charlie Cooper (last 8)
Demitri Webb (last 16)

Referees training day

There are still places on the Refeering course on Saturday 22nd May.
The morning session is theory with an exam in the afternoon.
I'm told that passing the exam will qualify for Grade 4 and taking a practical exam at a competition (such as the EYC) can qualify for Grade 3. Contact Tim to enrol.

England Youth Championships

ALL fencers over 10 years old should be entering the England Youth Championships at Hatfield on 19th and 20th June. The closing date for entries is Monday 7th June BUT the entries are limited so please enter TODAY. Follow the link here for more details and an application form (you can also apply online).

Junior School Team Photo

All Junior School fencing team need to bring breeches and long socks for the Team photo on Thursday this week.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Kent Championships – 16 May 2010

We have 20 ECfencers signed up for the Kent U10,12,14 Championships next Sunday; the highest number of entrants from our school ever. All coaches will be attending also to support and referee.
Fencers must bring all kit including 2 foils (Size 0 for U10, size 3 for U12 and U14) and 2 bodywires.
The entry fee is £10 (not £14 as the application form says), please pay Eltham College by cheque.

London Youth Games – 13 June 2010

This year we are supplying the whole Junior Squad for the LYG representing the London Borough Of Bromley. Adam Aspden, Adam Whitelaw, Jordan Ratcliffe, Oliver Noone and Harry Calder will be the Bromley Junior Team, alongside the Senior Team from Bishop Challoner School. Other fencers are welcome to attend as piste assistants and supporters. Click here for the LYG homepage for more info.

Tomorrow Achiever Training – 12 June 2010

Adam Aspden, Adam Whitelaw and Andrew Hughes have been accepted in the TA training programme – well done.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

News for ECfencers

Training Venue
All Sunday training for the rest of this term will be in the Sports Centre hall.
10am till 1pm (Elite fencers till 2pm).
There will be no Sunday training on 16th May, 13th June or 20th June due to competitions.

Kent Championships (16th May)
Last chance TODAY to sign up (email Tim),

Armouring and refereeing courses (15th May and 22nd May)
Last chance TODAY to sign up (email Tim), after today the BFA will be offering the remaining places to others.

Olympic News - unders 18's may now be able to volunteer after all
It looks like the organisers have seen sense and are reconsidering the rule that under 18's are not allowed to be volunteers at the games in 2012. Follow this link for more details.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

ECfencing News - 4 May 2010 - IMPORTANT INFO

IMPORTANT - Kent Foil Championships - Sunday 16th May 2010
We need to enter this competiton as a school, not individual entries.
ECfencers must email me by this Friday, 7th May or you wont be able to enter.
ALL fencers U14, including epeeists, should be entering this competition

RESULTS - British Youth Championships 2010
We won 2 medals in Sheffield last weekend, Andrew Hughes and Adam Whitelaw both made the last 8 in the Epee U12 event on Saturday. This is a great result and both fencers automatically qualify for next years event. Andrew made the last 16 in U12 foil on Monday. Pic is Andrew on the left, more photos from the event are here.

COURSE - Armoury Course - 15 May 2010
At the end of this week we will be offering places to non-ECfencers.
If you don't sign up without good reason, please don't expect those that do to repair your swords at competitions!

COURSE - Epee Refereeing course - 22 May 2010
All epeeists should sign up now for a one day refereeing course, leading to the Grade 4 refereeing award (foilists should be at the Premier Foil Series on 22 May so a later course will be arranged). Email me by the end of this week if you wish to attend.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Kit Xchange - First item on offer

We have our first item on offer in the Kit Xchange. Lemming has a brand new pistol grip on offer. See the Kit Xchange for details.