Public Schools' Fencing Championships
Minutes of the Teacher's Meeting
held in the Referees Room, University of Nottingham Sports Centre,
Present: Brian Howes (Chairman), Charles Gault (past Chairman and guest), Keith Smith (C.O. & Whitgift), Jon Milner (Hon. Treasurer & Wimbledon High), Nick Chapman (Accommodations & Bromsgrove & RGSAO), Abigail Ball (Elizabeth College), Anthony Cadle (Hymers College), Dorothy Chipchase (Church High Newcastle), Ruth Clements (RGS Newcastle), Denis Cruse (Tonbridge), Matthew Gale (St Benedict's Ealing), Clare Halsted (University College School), Mark Harrison (Bradfield College), Maggie Lloyd-Jones, Lucy Owen (Truro), David Sach (Brentwood), Mavis Thornton (Arnold), Manola Toschi-Restivo (Bishop Challoner), Julian Waterfield (Royal Belfast AI), Eliot Williams (Millfield).
Before the meeting began BH welcomed Charles Gault, previous Chairman of the PSFC. Charles was incumbent for 15 years and we are pleased to have him as a guest at this year's championships.
The minutes of the meeting of March 19 th 2008 were approved.
It was noted that the minutes had been actively e-mailed to schools rather than just placed on the website.
The issue of photography passes had been made more stringent with id now required. DC raised the question of Masters in Charge confirming the id of pupils. It was noted that those issuing the passes may not know all MiCs and not all MiCs carry photo id themselves!
There was a significant improvement in schools' reaction to refereeing decisions following problems last year.
BH gave an update on Crystal Palace: refurbishment works were almost complete with an event scheduled for mid-April seeing the re-opening of the centre.
A discussion followed on this year's Championships with general approval from those present.
NC raised some issues with fencing equipment being used incorrectly, ie using sabre masks when fencing epee which can cause hits to not register.
NC also raised concerns over unaccompanied fencers being in the halls of residence.
BH raised the issue of trophies being returned without being engraved with the winner's name and without being cleaned. This was becoming more frequent. He proposed that we put on the year but not the winner's name should this happen. However some felt that the trophies provided a history of the championships and this action could be detrimental.
There was also discussion on whether schools could organise the production of wooden carry-cases for the trophies with PSFC paying costs arising.
AC raised the non-presentation of the Hymers College Cup at the 2008 Championships. This was due to a computer error and the trophy was presented after the competiotion.
PSFC committee had been approached by a commercial photography company who wanted to attend the event. PSFC would receive a percentage of profits.
A discussion followed on the merits of such companies but several schools were strongly against the idea. It will therefore not be pursued.
Proposed dates for 2010: March 16 th , 17 th & 18 th .
The meeting closed at 5.15 pm.
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