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    Introducing the Chester Academy

    Chester Academy is a new sports and leisure club that has been developed to provide new opportunities for people who live in Chester and the surrounding area. The fencing club is coached by David Gregory and managed by the Chester Academy CEO Claire Wilson.

    Based at Chester racecourse, the fencing club has a full time salle, the latest equipment and offers perfect opportunities to participate at all levels.

    The potential for all ages and abilities to take part is tremendous, with activities targeting:

    • Someone who is new to exercise
    • People who would like to return to sport
    • Seasoned athletes
    • Potential Olympians
    • Inclusive sports and activities
    • Health and Well-being

    Fencing Sessions

    Chester Academy’s Modern Pentathlon Sports Club is launching its fencing sessions at Chester Racecourse in February 2012. Adult and junior sessions available (minimum age 10). Equipment will be provided, just wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

    For further details contact: Claire Wilson on cwilson@chester-races.com or call 01244 304602
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    Chester Academy to launches Fencing Academy

    The Chester Academy, which is supported by Chester Racecourse and public sector agencies, has been set up to inspire sport among people from all walks of life in and around the city. The academy is a not for profit Community Interest Company aimed at promoting widespread sporting interests across Chester and the surrounding area.

    Based at the racecourse and with a UK wide network, Chester Academy will identify young talented athletes and provide specialist coaching aimed at bringing the best out of them. The academy also provides health and fitness incentives and facilities for the wider public.

    The Chester Academy has officially launched its fencing academy this week and announced that GB International Epeeist David Gregory has joined them as Head Coach of the Fencing Academy. The academy also incorporates the North West Fencing Academy and it will be working with a number of local fencing clubs in the North West region to promote the sport and develop fencers.

    The venue at the Racecourse has an 8 piste capacity and will be using the very latest in fencing equipment.

    The 2012 Olympic Games in London and The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 are incentives for young athletes to concentrate their fitness levels and the academy is set up to harness enthusiasm for athletic events

    Chief Executive Claire explained: “Chester has got a real role to play in helping the Olympic games to become everyone’s games.”

    If you want to get fit and healthy or want to aspire to be the next world champion then the Chester Academy is waiting for you

    Visit the website www.chesteracademy.co.uk for further information
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    The Chester Academy Fencing Club has been developed to provide new opportunities for people who live in Chester and the surrounding area. The fencing club is coached by David Gregory and managed by the Chester Academy CEO Claire Wilson.

    Based at Chester racecourse offers perfect opportunities to participate at all levels.

    Fencing Sessions

    Adult and junior sessions available (minimum age 10). Equipment will be provided, just wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The Club is open to all fencers who wish to either take up the sport or who want further training in addition to any training they may get from fencing at another club.

    Weekly Fencing Sessions:

    Tuesday
    6.00pm – 6.45pm Beginners upto age 13 years old
    6.45pm – 7.30pm Junior Intermediate (Foil)
    7.30pm – 8.15pm Adult Beginners

    Wednesday
    7.00pm – 9.00pm Intermediate & Advanced Fencers

    Friday
    7.00pm – 9.00pm Intermediate & Advanced Fencers

    For private 1 to 1 lessons, give us a call for prices and availability.

    For further information about the academy contact Claire Wilson on cwilson@chester-academy.com or call 01244 304664
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    Chester Academy Fencing Club Dominate National Championships

    For the past few years the Welsh Qualifying Event for the British Youth Championships (BYC) has been dominated by one club based in Wrexham. However, this year it wasn't about them it was all about the Chester Academy Fencing Club and they were the talk of the whole event on the second day.

    This was David versus Goliath in the local fencing world and pitted the older more established fencing club against the young upstarts with their new ideas and fresh approach to training. The Chester Team comprising of fencers from Wrexham Fencing Club who were looking for the next level of coaching and competition. This is a source of friendly rivalry between the clubs and their coaches and fencers.

    Wrexham took a huge team with them and it looked as though they would secure the podiums once again. Chester Academy took 4 fencers of whom only one had competed at this level before and he was 10 years old.

    The day started with Jacob Bell competing in the U12's Sabre. The 10 year old Bell reached the final winning his matches 5-0, 5-1, 5-0, 5-4 before taking the gold medal with a 10-4 victory. Bell hasn't fought in competition since the 2011 BYC's and so to win the Gold and be crowned Welsh Champion is an achievement many thought impossible.

    However, Chester Academy showed the impossible could be done and done with style.

    Tom Jameson was next to compete in the U16's Sabre and with his coach David Gregory by his side, Jameson sythed through his competition to reach the final where he fell narrowly short and winning the Silver medal. Jameson has never competed at this or any level before and he showed glimpses of outstanding natural talent.

    Then the shock of the day to many but not the Academy.

    Isaac Broadbent was the last to compete for the Academy in the U18's Sabre and he came up against some of his former team mates. Broadbent has never competed at this level and you could see the opposition not taking him seriously and this was their downfall.

    Despite being considered the weakest fencer in the team by his opponents, he not only sythed through the competition, he dissected them with consumate ease and panache. Unfazed by the cheering for the opposition, Broadbent reached the final undefeated and faced a Wrexham rival in the final.

    Coached by Williams, Broadbent went on to win the Gold medal beating his rival 15-12 a scoreline that flatters to deceive such was the dominance of the young man.

    Olwen Marshall then made it a day to remember by picking up the Gold in the U18's Womens Sabre. Coached by Gregory, the young fencer now faces some of the best fencers in the UK in May.

    Chester Academy started the day with no medals and no podiums and walked away with 3 Golds and a Silver in their first competition of any kind.
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    Is it just me, or does anybody else fins the tenor of this post rather tasteless. By all means applaud the young fencers who are doing so well, but not by dissing another club by name.
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    I totally agree. We are talking kids here, it is totally inappropriate.

    Any one else notice it is rather hard not to pick up a gold medal when you are the only entrant?

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    ...and I don't think anyone was "crowned Welsh Champion" at the BYC qualifiers ... were they?

    The Welsh Youth Championships were held a few weeks earlier - I think the only entrants from North Wales were a couple of worthy winners from Wrexham.

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    I may be being stupid here but according to Google maps Chester isn't in Wales.

    Anyway well done to all the competitors, I hope they enjoyed the competition.

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    Maybe Chester isn't quite in Wales, but Chester F.C. football ground is in Wales. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that there is, apparently, an ancient law allowing Welsh folks to be shot with a bow and arrow after dark if within Chester city walls....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkelephant View Post
    Is it just me, or does anybody else fins the tenor of this post rather tasteless. By all means applaud the young fencers who are doing so well, but not by dissing another club by name.
    I have been instructed to make the following comments for and on behalf of Des Williams.

    The press release was written to cater for the general public outside of the fencing world and not intented for critical consumption for those within the fencing community. I fail to see where any disrespect has been shown to any club. It states that there is a friendly rivalry and the press release was written in a friendly manner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by horus View Post
    ...and I don't think anyone was "crowned Welsh Champion" at the BYC qualifiers ... were they?

    The Welsh Youth Championships were held a few weeks earlier - I think the only entrants from North Wales were a couple of worthy winners from Wrexham.
    Thank you for bring this to my attention. George Morris, U14 Foil and U14 Epee winner is also trained by David Gregory at the Chester Academy.

    Gwydion Kavanagh, U12 Sabre was beaten in the U12 Sabre Final by Jacob Bell 10-4. Sorry to have omitted this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHC View Post
    I may be being stupid here but according to Google maps Chester isn't in Wales.

    Anyway well done to all the competitors, I hope they enjoyed the competition.
    The Chester Academy has club sessions not only in Chester but in North Wales for fencers and pentathletes. Both are run by David Gregory who lives and trains in Wrexham.
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    Sorry, I can only stay quiet for so long.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fencing@ View Post
    I fail to see where any disrespect has been shown to any club. It states that there is a friendly rivalry and the press release was written in a friendly manner.
    Do me a favour!!

    You wrote:

    Quote Originally Posted by Fencing@ View Post
    This was David versus Goliath in the local fencing world and pitted the older more established fencing club against the young upstarts with their new ideas and fresh approach to training. The Chester Team comprising of fencers from Wrexham Fencing Club who were looking for the next level of coaching and competition.
    Which is basically saying:

    We are small and they are big. We have new fresh ideas and they don't. Their fencers left their club and joined our club because they were looking for better coaching that Wrexham can't provide.

    Adding on to the end of this extremely disrespectful and combatative paragraph:

    Quote Originally Posted by Fencing@ View Post
    This is a source of friendly rivalry between the clubs and their coaches and fencers.
    And claiming that this makes it OK is clearly BS.

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    Just over the border in the West Mids, the same event had seventy-one sabre fencers.
    One club dominated utterly and took all of the boys' golds.
    Twenty-one fencers from that club will fence sabre at the finals including six that started fencing in September 2011.
    That club had more medallists (they won fifteen out of the seventeen medals available to them) than any other club had entries on that day (the foil also ran on that day with seventy-six fencers).

    To that club, this isn't particularly newsworthy. This is routine.
    Winning multiple medals at the finals may be newsworthy...

    At the Welsh BYC qualifier there was only one sabre fencer that I know to be a decent fencer and he won his event.

    Perhaps life is easy for a medium fish in a very small pond...

    I look forward to your press release in early May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    Perhaps life is easy for a medium fish in a very small pond...
    I really don't like the way this thread is going.

    I accept that we didn't have a large number of entries; I also accept that the tone of the first post was entirely inappropriate. However, this fact remains that we had a lot of young kids who enjoyed the weekend's fencing, and are really looking forward to the finals in Sheffield.

    This type of comments cuts across the whole of the Welsh entries (not just those from the OP) & does you no good. Belitting kids who have not been involved in this little dialogue is neither constructive nor impressive. Please don't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rids View Post
    I really don't like the way this thread is going.

    I accept that we didn't have a large number of entries; I also accept that the tone of the first post was entirely inappropriate. However, this fact remains that we had a lot of young kids who enjoyed the weekend's fencing, and are really looking forward to the finals in Sheffield.

    This type of comments cuts across the whole of the Welsh entries (not just those from the OP) & does you no good. Belitting kids who have not been involved in this little dialogue is neither constructive nor impressive. Please don't do it.

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    That comment was intended to convey the point that in a region with no major sabre clubs it is relatively easy to make a big impact. It wasn't intended to belittle Welsh kids in general.

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    This is not the first thread where F@ has made wholly inappropriate comments. Please can we just leave him to hoist himself by his own petard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    Just over the border in the West Mids, the same event had seventy-one sabre fencers.

    Perhaps life is easy for a medium fish in a very small pond....
    Wrexham and Wales I get, but which region would someone living and training in Chester belong to? West Midlands perhaps?
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    Presumably North West unless they've chosen to belong to another region.
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    posting your results on the forum is not a "press release"

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