31/05/2012- Latest News

The British Fencing National Academy is now into its second full year, nearly 400 fencers have benefitted from the expertise of a wide variety of coaches. Nearly 40 fencing coaches and 35 others sports experts have been involved over the past few years. The common aim is to prepare British fencers for future international success.

Latest information can always be found at http://www.britishfencing.com/academy/

Recent Developments

International Training

British Fencing has set up an informal cooperation group with the German & French federations, this has given us invitations to send our cadet team to an epee training camp in Germany, a foil training camp in France and to host these national teams at the National Academy training in Nottingham.

Six epee fencers are travelling to Tauberbischofsheim with World Championships & National Academy coach, Jamie Miller. Congratulations to these fencers & their coaches for this selection. The fencers are: Eleanor Cormack, Aml Sinclair, Lydia Stanier, Oliver Steed, Francesca Summers, Georgina Summers

The French national teams at men’s & women’s sabre will be taking part in the National Academy Summer pre-season at Nottingham Trent University.

British Fencing and the National Academy will send 8 fencers and a coach to a foil training camp in Lille towards the end of August.


Regional Training Days

We’re delighted to be able to announce that we now have 6 regional centres delivering the National Academy programme. These are in Birmingham, Bristol, Brunel, Northern Ireland, Scotland and SUNEE (Sports Universities North East England). Thank you for all the hard work the coaches have put into these to make them a success. The person to contact for each region is as follows:-

Birmingham               Lynne Melia

Bristol                       Tristan Parris

Brunel                       Jes Smith

Northern Ireland         Mike Westgate

Scotland                    Don McKenzie

SUNEE                       Beth Davidson

Reminder to all fencers that regional applications & forms now need to be sent to the regional lead contact or [email protected]


Future Activities

Summer Residential Training

There are a limited number of spaces still available for fencers to attend the National Academy Summer pre-season at Nottingham Trent University. Details and applications are on the British Fencing web site at http://www.britishfencing.com/academy/academy-talent-development/

We are pleased to be able to announce the coaching team for the National Academy Summer residential courses this year.

Epee: Sue Benney, Jamie Miller, Pavel Rynes

Foil: Glen Golding, Steven Davey, Paul Sibert, Sam Stockley

Sabre: Rob Partridge, Dan Redshaw, Phil Shepherd-Foster, Ian Williams

AASE – Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence

Applications are now invited from fencers who want to take advantage of this opportunity.

Details from the expression of interest form on the British Fencing web site at http://www.britishfencing.com/academy/aaseprogramme/

AASE is a Level 3 qualification based around an NVQ in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance; designed for fencers who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level. Delivered through the National Academy the programme will cover all areas of your fencing. This innovative and exciting sporting excellence programme will help you to develop as an athlete and fencer as well as gain a nationally recognised qualification.

AASE is notionally a 2 year programme for fencers aged16-18 on the 1st September 2012. They can be studying other academic qualifications at a school or college of further education. Fencers must have completed their GSCE level qualifications and cannot combine AASE with University education or other Level 4 qualification. So fencers will normally start AASE at the beginning of year 12.

There is also a full-time AASE fencing course available at South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (formerly Filton College) in Bristol. Details on the expression of interest form.


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