EFC BEGIN THREE-PART SEMI SEMINARS
SUCCESS OF REFEREE SEMINARS ENCOURAGES DEVELOPMENT IN OTHER AREAS
After the success of the “Get Ready For The New Season” referee seminar series, the EFC began the first online seminar series for armourers. The seminars are focused on educating armourers from all over Europe in the best practices in weapon control, ensuring consistency across all EFC and European international events and setting minimum standards for all EFC events.
The EFC encouraged attendance from all interested parties but in particularly:
armourers from all EFC national federations
members of weapon control at all EFC events
interested coaches and athletes
The project is being led by EFC Commission Member, Etienne Van Cann with the first session attracting 40 participants. The focus of the initial session was on weapon and wire testing including the protocols for submission with education coming from Martina Zmaíc, Desmond Gilhooly and Peter Huggins.
Two further sessions will follow on 15 and 29 May covering clothing and conductive material control and the ideal way to set-up your weapon control. There will also be specific training on enforcing the publicity code and weapon control for Wheelchair Fencing.
FIE Secretary General, Emanuel Katsiadakis, now a regular guest at EFC seminars said, "I was very happy to take part in this seminar. We received a lot of useful and practical information. I especially want to note the very good videos with explinations that we saw. On behalf of the FIE and FIE President Alisher Usmanov, I want to congratulate the European Confederation on a excellent job and wish you to continue in the same way.”
The EFC’s Secretary General, Jacek Slupski added, “Our referee seminar series has been so popular it was an easy choice to develop education in other areas. Whilst we have been forced to innovate in these difficult times, I believe online education from the EFC will continue when we return to fencing. It is a great way to reach a wide audience easily and has proved very popular.”