Outreach Programme Noted in OFSTED School Report

Sheffield Hallam Fencing Club’s GO/Fence outreach programme to Hallam Primary School is mentioned in the schools recent OFSTED report.

It is recorded that fencing has contributed to ‘a significant impact on pupils’ well-being, their enjoyment of school and their capacity to learn new skills’ and that this is particularly evident for ‘less confident pupils’.  Further evidence that taking up fencing develops more than just the ability to wield a sword.

The club has had extensive opportunities to engage with the school’s pupils over the last few years.  The children have shown great enthusiasm for the sport and the academic staff have been most helpful in facilitating this programme.  Since the report the senior members of the outreach club have started mentoring the new intake for 2013-14 as part of their fencing development… ‘To teach is to learn’, the new members have additional help learning new techniques and the mentors consolidate the understanding of the moves and how to employ them tactically.  Truly a win, win, win  situation!

A New Start For SHFC at CDYST

After a short trial period the clubs Thursday session has changed venue and day.  Our new venue is Crosspool and District Youth Sport Trust’s gym on Coldwell Lane, Crosspool, Sheffield, S10 5TL.

This is an excellent venue set in four acres of grounds and having just been completely refurbished.  Visit their web site for a location map and photographs of the facilities.

The sessions at CDYST are held on Wednesday evenings between 7:00 and 8:30 PM but we are looking to extend this as numbers pick up.  It is hoped that the venue will be further developed in the near future to facilitate it’s use as a fencing venue.  Further news in due course.

Crosspool & District Youth Sport Trust Venue

This session replaces the Thursday sessions held at  High Storrs School.  Please note that Monday sessions continue at High Storrs.

Young Investgators

The club had a mystery shopper visit last week from Sheffield City Council’s Young Investigators, these are a group of young people drawn from across the city who give their views about sports they’ve done. They took part in a normal beginners class along with some other children at the club as part of their secret review of the club and it’s coaching.  Out of the blue we received feedback today from the children via Max Bellwood a Children’s Involvement Officer at Sheffield City Council’s Children’s Involvement Team Sheffield. The text of the email feedback is reproduced below:

‘I’m just popping you a YI (Young Investigators) report about Fencing at Silverdale in the post for you. It was fantastic and the kids loved it, 5/5 session – I also just wanted to pass on how great the guy was who delivered it.’

We are flattered by the comments and are very proud of the rating. We hope this should encourage any prospective fencers, of all ages, to come along and have a go at this great sport.  If this does inspire you please drop me an email to get the ball rolling, my up to date details are on the Contact page of this web site.

GO/FENCE Training Course Update

Just received feedback from the GO/FENCE instruction course I ran at Boston Spa a few weeks ago.

The school has run it’s first GO/FENCE holiday sessions in the half term.  After 2 days the 48 places for primary school children had all been taken!  They doubled the places to 96 by adding and extra day and these gone in 1 day!!  They now have a waiting list for the next event.  Their feedback from both children and parents has been very positive and they’ve been asked to run a community club on the back of this success.

Fantastic effort and well done to the 9 volunteers from the course who had the opportunity to take part.  All the best with your future GO/FENCE ventures.

The Fencing Shop – Kit Sale

I’ve just found out that The Fencing Shop is having a sale because they are changing suppliers and have put their remaining stock on sale.

The prices were good in the first place so these reduced price items are real bargains.  I particularly like the Enlighten jackets and breeches but the sale extends to fencing shoes, gloves and Foil lames.

There are a limited range of sizes for both adults and juniors so if you’re interested make haste the follow the link to The Fencing Shop before everything goes.

If you are in the market for fencing gear other than the sale items you might like to check out their other stock. You might be surprised at how reasonable the prices are.