EFC CLOSES OUT 2020 CONCLUDING FIRST PHASE OF VIRTUAL REFEREE SEMINARS
EFC ONLINE REFEREE TRAINING INITIATIVE APPLAUDED BY ALL
Today, the EFC concluded the first phase of its virtual referee seminar initiative, boasting impressive numbers. The project was championed by the confederation’s Vice President, Nikoaly Mateev and Secretary General, Jacek Slupski, who attended every minute of every seminar. Both are already involved in developing the project further for the New Year.
In total the EFC hosted 18 seminars, covering approximately 40 hours of theoretical and practical training, attended by 75 delegates. An impressive achievement given the first seminar was held in late September.
Tonight’s seminar was the third one dedicated to the development of female officials. Over the past week the EFC has seen 44 women go through the training. The focus of every seminar has been simple – improve quality and consistency whilst preparing the trainee referees for their FIE exams.
The project’s success was evidenced by the guest appearance of the President of the FIE’s Referees Commission, Mohamed El Motawakel of Egypt, who attended the final seminar of 2020. Speaking at the beginning, he said, “Thank you very much to the EFC for the invitation to attend this seminar, especially to my colleagues, Nikolay and Jacek. The EFC has always supported the development of referees. Thank you also to all of the delegates. On behalf of the FIE and our President, I wish you good luck. And importantly I hope to see you all on the piste soon.”
El Motawakel was amongst a number of high-profile guests over the series, including the FIE’s Sport and Technical Director, Evgeny Tsoukhlo and its Secretary General, Emmanuel Katsiadakis.
Speaking about the programme, Slupski said, “The pandemic has made 2020 a very difficult year for sports including fencing. Everyone has had to find new ways to make the most of the situation. By embracing technology, we have been able to support our developing referees at a time when competitive fencing has not been possible. The numbers attending each and every seminar is evidence of its success. The feedback has been tremendous. We could not have done this without the support of the World class referees that we have in Europe. Many thanks to them, the delegates and our special guests. We look forward to continuing this project in 2021.”