Level 1 coaching course report January 15

The recently formed Scottish Fencing Coaching Network delivered their first course in a fully rewritten coach education structure. The network was established last June by Coaching Manager Paul Neil-Mclachlan and Development Officer Alan Martin. The purpose is to have a group of the country’s most experienced coaches come together to share their knowledge and devise a system that meets the needs of coaches today.

On the weekend of the 10th and 11th January the first pilot course was held for Level 1 at St Columba’s High School in Gourock. Special thanks should go to Inverclyde Council’s Community Sport Hub Officer Robbie Cuthbert for providing the premises, there will be community fencing classes starting within the school in due course.

16 candidates came on the course across all three weapons, a group of five even travelled down from Aberdeen University to take part in the course, it was good to see a wide spread of clubs represented. Many thanks to all that came along and gave feedback on the course.

The tutors and assessor’s for this weekend were Dave Rollo, Phil Carson, Lorraine Rose, Charity McArdle and Ken Rose. They all performed extremely well given the step into the unknown doing something totally new. They also provided good feedback which will help us to adjust the course to make sure candidates get the most out of it.

This course was just the first step in a new five Level system guided by the UKCC framework, we are piloting the Level 2 course in a few months time so look out for details coming out in due course. At levels 4 and 5 we will link the course with Stirling University to provide coaches with a Masters degree in coaching. Several other sports are also going down this route. It really moves towards a more professional coaching system, making Scottish Fencing amongst the front runners with this approach to coach education.