Newham Swords Club Manager, Linda Strachan, delivered fencing to around 100 school children, as part of the Girls Active Camp. This Camp, run by the Youth Sport Trust, took place at Loughborough University and was a great success.
Newham Swords Fencing Club is very proud of the fact that it has just been shortlisted for three of the ten awards to be presented at this year’s British Fencing Awards.
We have been shortlisted for Performance Coach of the Year (through Pierre Harper), Innovation Award of the Year (through Linda Strachan’s work on the ‘Muslim Girls Fence’ project), and Club of the Year.
Well done to all those involved and good luck at the British Fencing Awards Ceremony which will take place on Saturday, April 16th.
Over the first three months of 2016, our Club Manager, Linda Strachan, was providing weekly fencing sessions to a group of year 8 girls from Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, as part of the “Muslim Girls Fence” project.
This project (a collaboration between Maslaha, British Fencing and Sport England) challenges prevalent misperceptions of young Muslim women, in light of the complex discrimination experienced by this group on the basis of both faith and gender. The initiative also aims to break down conceptions of fencing as a white-dominated elite sport that is not accessible to young people of all backgrounds.
As a result of this project, a short film entitled “Don’t Fence Me In” has been put together showing the girls (and Linda) in their fencing sessions. The film also shares new visions and reflections of what it really means to be a Muslim girl in the UK today. The film will be released September 2016
“It was an amazing experience to be part of this project. The girls I worked with were not only able to master the basic skills of fencing over a very short period of time, but were also able to share and teach those skills to other young people. I thoroughly enjoyed working with such a talented and passionate bunch of girls,” shared Linda.
Why Muslim Girls Fence [click for larger images]
All photos courtesy of Rehnat Rayatt
Competing is the best way to compare skills and for fencers to up their game. Learning from past losses and applying it for future success is a basic life skill.
This new series, run by the Newham Swords team over seen by Olympic fencers Linda Strachan and Pierre Harper, will encourage children to train consistently and measure their performance through the year and, being limited to 4 events, means there is no race to attend the maximum competitions available on the calendar.
With the winners of each competition taking home medals and trophies and the overall winners having their own trophies, children will have lasting memories of their achievements in competitions run to high standards but in a friendly supportive setting.
All competitions will take place at Sportsdock, London, which has excellent facilities and secure parking so that there is no trekking around the country to unfamiliar locations which are a challenge for parents and unsettling for children. Being in a familiar place will enable them to concentrate on the task at hand.
The competitions will take place in January, April, June and November for U14, U12, U10 age groups
Online entry will be available very soon! Dates of the first three in the series are on our Calendar
Newham Swords held its first ever LPJS Team Event over the 7th and 8th November. The day was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
37 Under 15, U13 and U11 teams fought for medals together with an U9 competition on the Sunday.
Team events have a special cameraderie about them and these pictures capture some of the moments from the Sunday event. Many of the U9s were competing for the first time and some of the parents had this to say.
I attended your venue for the fencing tournament this weekend with my daughter, she was in the Under 9 category. I felt that I should email to say how impressed I was with the day. Your team of officials where great, friendly and approachable.
I was also happy that you observed the 2 minute silence for Remembrance Sunday.
We enjoyed our day. Thank you.
Thank you so so much for running around yesterday to help kit out my daughter, Lola, for the U9s competition. It was our first competition and despite me not doing my homework properly about what was required, she kept a cool head, you got her sorted and she loved the event.
You had a lot to organise and yet still managed to go home for some breeches, for someone you didn’t even know! Thank you!
We look forward to seeing you again
Here are some pictures from the weekend. (if you can name the unnamed or spot any errors please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you to Matthew and Linda for the pics