Dates: 7 – 11 July 2014
Location: Mount Merrion Community Centre, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin
Age: Boys and Girls ages 9 – 13 years (Intermediate and Advanced)
Booking a place: Places are limited. Please complete the attached registration form and return it as soon as possible to be sure of a place.
Following the success of last summers training camp, Pembroke Fencing Club will be once again holding its annual training camp from 7th – 11th July 2014.
This years camp will focus on building basic skills in all aspects of fencing:
• Correct footwork: fencers will integrate the proper fencing stance and learn how to move on the strip – becoming fluent in changing directions and tempos. We will pay a lot of attention to rhythm, since this is a major aspect of fencing.
• Distance control: Your child will develop the ability to gauge the optimum distance for specific actions such as defence or attacks, as well as recognize the precise timing of when to strike.
• Blade work: We will use specific exercises and drills to help campers develop a natural way of handling the weapon. Campers will learn the correct technique of making a touch or hit in order to score.
• Etiquette: Learning the rules, manners, and sportsmanship of the game is an important part of fencing and we will make sure to educate your child on these matters.
• Bouting: Campers will experience the thrill of using the electrical equipment (just like the equipment used in a fencing tournament) in bouting sessions between fellow campers.
• Drill work: To strengthen the muscles used in fencing and develop skills, we will use specific drill work, such as attacks on the opponent’s right side only or left-side defensive moves.
We understand that training sessions need to be fun and engaging for children and many of the exercises often combine the elements of games and activities that work on a specific set of muscles or necessary skill. For example, sometimes our warm up exercises will include a game of handball or dodge ball, which builds endurance, hones spatial relation capabilities, encourages team spirit, enhances hand-eye coordination, develops defensive strategies, and gets the camper used to assessing a situation quickly and then reacting just as fast. Other times, coaches will create a competitive game between fencers to practice their footwork – it can be physically challenging but the fencers don’t notice because they are so distracted by the fun of the game!
To make sure the children are comfortable with the exercises and drills we do, we will continually assess each child during the camp to see what he/she can accomplish. We want to give all young participants enough of a challenge that pushes them to work towards a new level, but not so hard that they become discouraged. Neither do we want to exhaust young participants to the point that they do not have the energy to continue the next day. Our coaches will maintain the delicate balance that gives children just the right amount of training to stimulate and challenge – yet still have the desire to learn more the next day. We will do a few things out of the ordinary as well:
For a change of scenery, we will occasionally perform some of the training and exercises outside the sport hall. This will allow the coaches to diversify the training and lets the kids get some fresh air.
At the end of the camp, there will be a friendly fencing competition among fellow campers. This is not a formal competition, it will be held in the spirit of fun and learning.
Most intermediate fencers will have their own equipment. However, if not jackets, steam and electric foils will be provided. Electric scoring equipment will be an integral part of the training camp.
Lunch / Breaks:
Participants must bring lunch and a big bottle of water with them each day to the camp
Please complete and return the attached form as soon as possible to confirm your childs place.