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JANUARY2015THESWORD15DEVELOPMENTFENCINGATDURHAMUNIVERSITYInrecentyearsDurhamUniversityhasmadehugestridesorwardinitsprovisionanddeliveryohighperormancesportunderlinedbythetremendousaccoladeobeingawardedTheTimesandSundayTimesSportsUniversityotheYear20.Howeverthisprogresshasnotcomealongeasilyithasbeenhardoughtandisatestamenttoallthesportsstawhohaveoverseenitsdevelopment.WhenIfrstarrivedinDurhamintheautumno996encingprovisioncouldonlyhavebeendescribedasbeinglightyearsawayromwherewearetoday.InitiallymycoachingjobwassplitbetweenthelocalencingclubandDurhamUniversityFencingClub.AtthattimetheUniversitysportcentreMaidenCastlehadnodedicatedencingspaceandouractivitieswereconstrainedtoanarrowstripattheendomainhall.ClearlyaarromidealsituationbutatleastwewereabletomakeastartwiththreeorourpisteswhichwereunderstandablyveryclosetoeachotherWesubsequentlyacquiredaewspoolsandelectricboxeswithgroundleadsontheoorwhichcouldbesaidtoworkintermittentlyatbestbutthisprovideduswithaplatormuponwhichtobuild.Thenallwehadtoovercomewastheplethoraootherproblemscausedbyusingaacilitywhichwassharedwiththecricketarcheryandtrampolineclubsandonlyseparatedromthemainsportshallbyasimplenetcurtain.OutsideothatcurtainwehadtocontendwiththedeaeningnoiseoootballbasketballnetballandbadmintontrainingorevenworsematchesOntheseoccasionsIwasunabletoshoutoverthecheeringcrowdoutsideandtheencerswereunabletohearmyinstructions.Noisewasnottheonlyenvironmentalchallenge.Anotheractorwasthetemperaturewhichmadeourencinglieevenmoredicult.Inthosedaysthemainhallhadnoheatingandinwinteritwasnotunusualorthetemperaturetoalltojustabovereezing-alegacyo96sdesigntheuseosingleglazedwindowsandatinrooConverselyandsomewhatpredictablywestillhadtemperatureissuesinthelatespringandsummerbecauseothegreenhouseefectwhichthenpushedthetemperatureintheotherdirectionFinallyinatrilogyoenvironmentalhazardswecouldnotescapetheoodingoMay.InthemiddleotheexamsperiodtheriverWearwhichrunsthroughtheMaidencastlesportscomplexburstitsbanksandthewholecomplexwastransormedintoahugeduckpondorweeksbeorethewatersnallyreceded.Thewaterlevelinthemainhallwasabout-inchesdeep.ExamtablesandchairswereletstrandedexaminationanswerbookletsoatedaroundthehallandocoursealloourencingequipmentwasruinedbecauseithadbeenstoredatoorlevelThenhoweverinNovemberourworldnallytookaturnorthebetterwhenastate-o-the-art6.mextensionwasopenedatMaidenCastleandencingwasortunateenoughtotakepossessionoabrandnewworld-classstandardencingacility.ThehallistherstpurposebuiltencingsalleintheUKuniversitysectorandisusedonlyorencingItisttedwitheightpermanentelectricpistesourothemearthedmetalpisteswithFIEstandardelectricboxeswhichareusuallyusedinWorldChampionshipcompetitions.FencingnowtakesplacerommorningtolateeveningsevendaysaweekweeksayearTheUniversityencingclubhasthreemensandtwowomensteams.TypicallytheUniversitysquadshavethreesessionsaweekMondayFridayandSaturdaytheycanalsojoininLaszlosFencingClubonTuesdayandThursdaywhichmeansthatauniversityencercanitheywishencevedaysaweekandindividuallessonarealsoavailable.LastyearDurhamUniversitywastheno.rankedencingsquadintheBUCSleagueapositionwhichreectsnotonlyourstrengthindepthbutalsotheachievementsoindividualssuchasPatrickKjellevoldwhowastheBUCSindividualMensEpeechampion.AcrossthesquadsthemensrstteamnarrowlymissedoutaslotintheBUCSnalbutthemenssecondteambecametwo-timeLeaguechampionsinrow.Wearenowlookingorwardtothisseasonwherewehaveanotherantasticsquadoencerstogetheragain.FormoreinormationaboutSportatDurhamUniversitypleasevisitourwebsitehttpswww.teamdurham.comuniversitysport.AlternativelyorinormationaboutoureliteathletesupportprogrammeincludingspecialiststrengthandconditioningprogrammesphysiotherapysupportandScholarshipopportunitiespleasecontactourathleterecruitmentmanagerAlbertPottsemaila.d.pottsdurham.ac.ukTomakeanysportsprogrammetrulysuccessulitsessentialthatthepeopleinvolvedindevelopingitknowtheiraudiencei.e.whatengagesthemandwhatmotivatesthemtocomebackweekaterweek.AllthoseatDurhamcertainlyseemtohavegotthisoftoateeGabbyWilliamsG.W.Sharingaacilityisachallengeoranyclubnomatterhowbigorsmall.Butasweallknowtosecureanysignicantpotsoundingtodaymanyunderslookoramulti-sportandmulti-agencyapproach.BythisImeanwherediferentsportsanddiferentclubsorotherencingprovidersworkinpartnershiptooferarangeoactivitiesonasinglesite.G.W.FencingintheNewExtensionbyPro.LaszloJakabBAF-HeadFencingCoachItsgreattohaveDurhamleadingthewayoncompetitiveencingbutdidyouknowBritishFencingarecurrentlytestingsomenewencingprojectswiththeUniversityotheArtsLondonandSunderlandUniversitytoattractstudentsstudyingtechnologyaswellasmorecreativecoursesOuraimistorespondtotheneedsostudentsthatareperhapslookingoramoresocialandrecreationalexperienceoencingthatisntnecessarilydrivenbythedesiretocompeteregionallyornationally.G.W.