Monday, 18 April 2011

How Can We make The Web Site Better?

We recently celebrated the web site's first birthday. With nearly 6,000 visitors over that year, it's clear that the web site is providing a service. However, we'd like to know which bits of the service you like, which you don't like, and what would you add. So, we've created a survey.

The survey has only got 8 questions. Please give us 5 minutes of your time and complete the survey. All respondents are welcome, whether you be fencer, parent, or coach, related to Eltham College or not; if you use the web site, or the automatic email updates, please complete the survey.

Click here to take the survey

The survey will be open until midday Saturday 7th May; but don't delay, respond today!

The results will be published on the web site soon after the closing date. The conclusions and outcomes will follow in due course.

Easter Training

There will be training for ECfencers on Easter Sunday, 24th April, but NO training the following week, 1st May as we will be at the British Youth Championships in Sheffield.

The Members Lounge - Are You "In"?

It's been there since the beginning, but it's much under-used: the Members Lounge. The Members Lounge is a private discussion area where you can ask questions and engage in discussions. One of the active topics right now is the offer of a lift to the Warwick LPJS Epee on May 7th. The Members Lounge is a great forum for offering or requesting lifts.

The Members Lounge, as its name suggests, is open to members only. That means you need to login. Before you can login for the first time, you need to request access. Access will be granted (by me/Time) to those with an association with ECfencing, e.g. fencers, parents and coaches. If you have an association with ECfencing you should apply for membership!

Membership is easy. Just visit the front door of the Members Lounge (by clicking the Members links from the ECfencing web site and then clicing the "forum" link, or by going directly to If you have a Google Account (because you're a Gmail user for example) just click the "Sign in and apply for membership" link.

If you don't have a Google Account, fear not, you don't face a huge hurdle. Creating a Google Account is not a big deal and doesn't come with a heap of baggage. I wrote about this in a previous article but, simply put, you just need to click the "Sign in and apply for membership" link and then click the Create an Account button over the right-side. By creating a Google Account, you don't have to use a Gmail account and you won't (in my experience) get any spam, etc.

Once you've got a Google Account and you've applied for membership of the club's discussion group, you'll quickly be granted membership (if Tim/I recognise you as a fencer, parent or coach) and you'll be able to access the Members' Lounge. Once in, I recommend you click the Edit My Membership link on the right-side of the page and select the most appropriate "How do you want to read this group?" option for you. In essence, you can choose to be emailed whenever there's a new addition to a discussion, or just once a day (with a digest of new posts), or never (meaning you need to visit the Members' Area to see the latest contributions to discussions). I recommend the "once a day" option.

I'm keen to see the Members Lounge become a popular place for discussion. Join now, don't miss-out!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Kent U10/12/14 Foil Championships - Sunday 15 May 2011

Following the successful organisation of the Kent U16/18 Championships earlier this year Eltham College is organising and hosting the U10/12/14 Championships.

This is how it affects YOU:

EC fencers under 14 years as of 1st Jan 11 - entry forms will be available soon; please enter, compete, have fun and stay till the end to support others and act as hosts.

Non EC fencers under 14 as of 1st Jan 11 - if you qualify for this competition (belong to a Kent club or are an individual member of the KCAFU) please look out for the entry forms at

EC parents - please volunteer to help set up the night before or help run the food stall or marshalling during the event or stay till the end to help clear away.

EC fencers too old to compete - please volunteer to referee the event.

EC coaches (present, past and occasional) - please volunteer to referee the event.

The very brilliant Katie and Manola - please please run the check in desk again. Who needs a computer when we have you!

More details and forms will be available early next week.