The Kings Leadership Academy in Warrington, where fencing is taught to all children as part of the PE Curriculum has just been awarded the Government's National Character Award 2015 as a school which is doing outstanding work in developing character and leadership in its students. The fencing programme in the school is led by one of our Fencing Masters, Prof. Isobel Bruce Combes and all children go through a rigorous programme of fencing training in their first and second years leading to them attaining the BAF Bronze and Silver Awards in Foil. In future years, the fencing will be incorporated into the GCSE and A level courses and coach education will be offered in the sixth form. The Academy congratulates Kings on this achievement and wishes them every success in the continued development of fencing in the school.
We have just received the sad news that long-time member Derek Sweeney passed away this week. His health had been declining for some time.
He was given the BAF Award of Merit in 2007.
This from the Wimbledon Fencing Club website -
"Mon 05 Jan 2015 - Derek Sweeney passes away at 85 It is with great sadness that we announce that Derek Sweeney, Life President of Wimbledon Fencing Club, died Monday 5th January 2015 in St Helier Hospital. He was 85 years old. Derek joined Wimbledon Fencing Club soon after its formation in 1951 and was its mainstay and principal coach for much of the time until he retired from coaching about eight years ago. He remained a great friend to many of us."
He also did great work coaching paraplegic fencers, among whom Caz Bryant (now Walton) gained medals in several Paralympics.
More information can be obtained from Joe Shackell email@example.com
Details of the latest applications for membership of the BAF can be found here
Tonbridge School Fencing Club is seeking a three weapon coach. More information here
The aim of the course is to revise basic fencing techniques which will be needed during the course. The course will focus on the skills needed at level 1,2,& 3 to deliver a good demonstration and to improve the fencers technique. The course will be led by Provost Dave Jerry and will cost £25 if booked in advance and £35 if you pay on the day. Full details here.
It is with great sadness that the Academy has received the news of the passing of Geoff Griffin. Geoff Griffin founded Crawley Sword Club 60 years ago. He passed on his passion for fencing to many and has inspired generations of fencers within the Sussex county. He was a driving force behind fencing at Crawley for generations, placing emphasis on etiquette, discipline and ultimately fun for all. He will be greatly missed by everyone at Crawley Sword Club and the Academy extends its sympathies to his family at this sad time.