2016 Scottish Fencing Academy Summer Camp - Joining Instructions

SCOTTISH FENCING ACADEMY (PERFORMANCE) SUMMER CAMP 2016

JOINING INSTRUCTIONS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

Below are details for this year’s Summer Camp. If you need to contact someone at the camp in an emergency please phone Don on 07732 781 464.

Where is it?

The camp is at Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perth PH2 9EG

Tel: 01738 812546                        www.strathallan.co.uk

When is it best to get there?

The Camp will start on the morning of Monday 4 July and your first night in the residential area is Monday. The introduction and welcome is between 09:05 and 09:30 in the reception area of Nicol Boarding House (there is a map of the school attached) so arriving a little before 09:00 is ideal.

When do we leave?

The course finishes at midday on Friday 8 July, lunch is at 13:00 and you can leave after lunch. Please note you will need to vacate your room by10:00 so all of your belongings will need to be out of the rooms (into the foyer or sports hall) on Friday morning.

What should I bring?

As well as enough general clothing and toiletries (including towels) for a week, you will need complete fencing gear for electric fencing (we recommend no fewer than 3 weapons and 2 body-wires) including breeches, plastron and long socks. Please make sure that your equipment is up to basic legal standards for the sport (ask your coach if you are not sure) – we want to run a safe camp and we cannot let you take part in the fencing activities if we think that you are not suitably protected. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!

Some general games clothing is also required for the warm-ups and strength and conditioning sessions. Weather permitting, we may do some of the athletic preparation outdoors so pack sunscreen! Bring comfortable clothing for the evenings as well as some recreational things (for example books, cards). There is a small kitchen in the residential block with a kettle, microwave oven and toaster.

Please remember to bring a drinks bottle to fill up regularly for training, as proper hydration is essential to your performance. You may also want to bring additional snacks/treats - there is no tuck shop at the school.

Please note well that the camp is completely NO SMOKING and NO ALCOHOL!

What is the rooming situation?

We have allocated rooms based on gender (girls on one floor, boys on another). Almost everyone will have a room on his or her own. You will be responsible for any damage to your room so note and report any damage you find on arrival right away. There are comfortable lounges in the block and so there is no need for anyone to be in anyone else’s room (and it’s not allowed anyway!).

There are people in a block attached to our area with young children – for their sake and in respect of your camp-mates, you must keep the noise down to an acceptable level.

The rooms all have smoke detectors and we have been advised that aerosols (deodorant/hairspray) will set these off so either don’t bring any aerosol products or only use them in the sports hall!

Security

The residential building is locked but the rooms are not. You may feel that it is reasonably safe to leave small amounts of cash and other items in your room, however neither Scottish Fencing nor Strathallan School can accept liability for any valuables that you choose to bring with you. The safest strategy is to avoid bringing any expensive items such as jewellery, expensive laptops or expensive cameras. There is no tuck shop or anywhere else to spend money so safer not to bring any!

Photography

We intend to take photographs during the camp which will form part of a report to Scottish Fencing. We are also likely to publish these on the Scottish Fencing web site for promotional purposes.

FENCERS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS – IF YOU OBJECT TO HAVING YOUR PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN THEN PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND WE WILL ENSURE THAT YOU DO NOT APPEAR IN ANY PHOTOGRAPHS USED.

Coaches may also use ‘phones or tablets to record some action for training purposes – again, feel free to raise any objections you have and we will respect these.

How hard will the camp be?

This is a full week’s course and we expect you to work hard at the camp. We make no assumptions about your level of fitness but expect you to do the best that you can. Of course it’s important to be sensible too and we will not push anyone to do anything that is beyond reasonable expectation of them. We hope that if you are carrying an injury or have a medical condition, that you are sensible and don't make things worse.

Dietary requirements

We have passed on all the dietary requirements that you have told us about to the caterers. Meal times are as follows:

Breakfast 08:15-09:00

Lunch 13:00-13:45

Dinner 18:00-18:30

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