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Dear Fencer/Coach/Parent/Volunteer

If you are interested in coaching fencing, you are cordially invited to take part in the 3rd Level 1 Fencing Coach (all weapons) course developed by Irish Fencing, together with Coaching Ireland, which will run over three weekends in September/October 2013.

This course is intended for anyone who is already coaching beginner fencers in their club and wishes to add to their skills, and anyone who wishes to start coaching fencing. Although experience as a fencer is useful it is not a prerequisite for attendance or qualification.

Progression to Level 2 or further within the Irish Fencing Coach Development Programme is dependent on first having achieved Level 1. Further information about the course can be found at www.irishfencing.net

It is hoped that this course, and the development of the Irish Fencing Coaching Development Programme, will provide the basis for more fencing coaches qualified under the Coaching Ireland umbrella, and thence more fencers and better fencers within Ireland. It is intended to publish a list of Irish Fencing registered coaches on our website. Presentation of certificates to coaches who completed course in September 2010 will be made at Irish National Championships in April 2011.

If you would like to receive more information or have any questions at all about the course, please contact me (secretary @irishfencing.net).

Places will be limited. We should, therefore, appreciate receiving expressions of interest by Wednesday of next week, 2nd September 2013.

Yours sincerely

NUALA McGARRITY

Hon Sec, IFF

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A promising, exciting development for Irish Fencing – the IFF hope the Irish Fencing League achieves the success all the work of its founders, Stephen Concannon and Aidan Clarke, deserves. This year the league will be running in sabre only.

For more information see the Irish Fencing League’s website or find them on Facebook.

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The new season will open with the South of Ireland Open at UCC, on 24th & 25th August.

From the coming 2013/14 season, the Irish Rankings will culminate with the Irish National Championships in March. This will begin immediately with forthcoming South of Ireland Open (24/25 August) being the first ranking event of the new season.

This will allow for an increased importance and focus on both our national championships and the rankings as well as the official recognition of the season’s top ranked fencers at the IFF AGM each year.

The rankings for the 2012/13 season will officially end on Friday 23 August 2013.

IFF licences will continue to run from 1 September until 31 August each year.