Surrey Fencing Blog
Friday, January 30, 2009
FW: Mayor secures £15.5m to boost grass roots sport in capital

To: Federation Exec, Federation LSC, Federation GB
Total of 161 addresses

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mayor secures £15.5m to boost grass roots sport in capital

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today delivered on the personal commitment he made at the Beijing Games to provide investment of £15.5m in grassroots sport in the capital to improve the health and well being of all Londoners.

The Mayor's commitment is central to his key aim to increase participation in sport and to end health, tackle growing levels of obesity and help create motivated and responsible individuals in the capital. He has therefore, for the first time, exercised his statutory power to direct the London Development Agency to allocate £15.5 million from its budget over three years.  This investment will provide clarity and certainty to underpin delivery of the Mayor's Olympics Sports Legacy Plan currently being prepared by his Sports Commissioner, Kate Hoey, in partnership with Sport England and supported by sports governing bodies, London boroughs and the private sector.

The Mayor said:

"The success of the 2012 Games must not just be judged on the regeneration benefits of the new homes, jobs and skills that will be delivered.  In years to come we must be able to look back and see how we used this once in a lifetime opportunity to massively increase sporting participation and activity in the capital and consequently improved the health and well being of Londoners.

"I am proud of the progress the LDA has made under new leadership and fully support its achievement in refocusing its priorities on the delivery of jobs, skills and the capital's economy. However, my commitment to increase sports participation and the health and well being of Londoners necessitates this exceptional circumstance in directing LDA funds which I am confident will be matched by our partners helping to develop my Sports Legacy Plan. I believe it is entirely appropriate for a small proportion of the LDA's total resources to be used for this purpose."

"I know Kate Hoey is bringing together some excellent ideas and initiatives and this funding will ensure we can start delivering this ambitious plan as soon as it is agreed. I now look to all those sporting and other bodies, with a shared interest in our goals, to match fund the investment we are committing to create a sea change in the take up of sports in this great city forever."

The investment will eventually top £30 million when those other sports, public and private sector bodies supporting the plan provide match funding, unlocking a crucial stream of money to promote sport in London. The benefits of boosting sports participation and activity will help support young Londoners, giving them greater choice and opportunities and steering them away from crime and anti-social behaviour . It will also provide new skills and jobs and the Mayor strongly believes that promoting sport plays a major part in producing a more motivated, contented and effective workforce.

Key aims of the Plan are to significantly boost participation by Londoners of all ages in grassroots sports and ensure there is a real lasting sporting legacy from the 2012 Games to make London an even better place to live and work. The plan will engage with and build on the exciting projects and partnerships that are already ongoing in London as well as providing new, long-term, sustainable solutions to the problems of inactivity that are leading to obesity and health inequalities in the city.

Kate Hoey said:

"I am delighted that the Mayor is taking further steps to honour his commitment to increasing participation in sport as a consequence of hosting the 2012 Games. This funding will underpin the work that we will set out in the Sports Legacy Plan. The Plan will show how we will invest in a sporting legacy for every single Londoner. It will act as a catalyst for driving forward a sustained increase in participation across the city. We have three years left and today is a major step in the right direction."


Olympic gold medallist, Darren Campbell MBE, said:     

"It is fantastic to see the Mayor making this commitment to sport in London. Increasing participation was right at the heart of our bid to host the 2012 Games and it's great someone is doing something serious about it. I have seen with my own eyes some of the fantastic work going on at the grass-roots in London and I know that with the right support, great things can be achieved."


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Dear Athletes,
Dear Presidents and Maîtres,
Dear Friends,

Only one month lacks to the LUGANO CHALLENGE 2009, International Youth
Epee Tournament valid for the Swiss national junior circuit open to all
the nationalities for the categories Juniors, Cadets and Minimes.

The categories are:
Juniors: born from 1989 to 1991
Cadets: born from 1992 to 1993
Minimes: born from 1994 to 1995

Attached to the email you will find all information regarding the
tournament contests and the registration forms. Athletes can participate
to more categories if they are not in the same day.

In the competition website you'll find all
relevant information you might need.

The tournament will take place in a very modern structure, the Palamondo

If you travel by train we have organized a free shuttle-bus from the
Lugano Railroad Station to the Palamondo.

If you want to discover our beautiful city of Lugano before coming to
visit to us and to participate to the tournament, I'll invite to you to
visit the websites of the city and of the Canton Ticino
tourism office

For hotel reservations we have organized a reservation service of
reservations for you through Amiconi Consulting
(, please indicate that you will participate to
the Lugano Epee tournament. Tel +41(0)91 921 3812, Fax +41(0)91 921 3813.

You will also have the possibility to stay in the Palamondo Swiss Civil
Protection Bunker where for Fr. 30.- (€ 20.-) you will receive the dinner,
a bed for the night and the breakfast. More information on the website in the HOTEL menu.

We will wait for you on February 21st and 22nd.

A presto

Paolo Bassanini

See website for email & phone contact details

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
FW: Epsom Fencing Club - First beginners sessions tonight - Wed Jan 14th.
Dear potential fencer!

The beginners classes will start tonight. 7-8pm for Junior Beginners (10-15
years) and 8-9pm for Adult (16+). Please arrive 10 minutes early, and bring
a completed registration form (downloadable below).

Junior registration form: -
Cost £40 (bank transfer preferred otherwise cheque made payable to Epsom
Fencing Club).

Adult registration form:
Cost £50 or £40 if full time student (bank transfer preferred otherwise

Please confirm if you are left or right handed.

Sparring for experienced fencers from 7-9pm (up to 4 boxes currently).
Predominantly foil, but Epee and Sabre fencers welcome.

Many thanks, Nick
Epsom Fencing Club

Wednesday, January 07, 2009
FW: Surrey: Jan & Feb Club & Coach Workshops

Dear All

Please find attached a document highlighting all the available coach/club/volunteer workshops available in Surrey for January and February 2009. If you can circulate to your networks that would be appreciated.

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