Last weekend saw Zac (Year 7) take part in a trial session to assess his fencing capability at national level, having been spotted at the Southern Region Championships by an England Coach. As a result he is now a member of the England Youth Development Team, ‘Tomorrow’s Achievers’. To gain this opportunity he was put through a series of testing fitness and blade skill exercises, as well as having to demonstrate his fencing ability through competitive bouts against several older existing members.
Tomorrow’s Achievers will provide Zac with the opportunity to train with some of the country’s best young fencers. They will work on all aspects of his fencing, including warm-up, stretching, competition strategy, footwork and blade work. He will be training on a monthly basis with a network of coaches, who have between them developed many British Champions and who themselves have competed on the British, European and International stage.
The coaching he receives at Tomorrow’s Achievers is designed to complement the development he receives at Pinewood and Swindon Fencing Club.
Coach Neil Bromley said “Zac has reached the stage where he needs to increase his training to challenge his fencing further. Tomorrow’s Achievers is the next step offering him this opportunity whilst supporting his continued development in the sport. I’m thrilled he has been selected”.
Headmaster, Philip Hoyland said “At Pinewood we nurture talent and seek to understand each child as an individual, in and out of the classroom as well as in team and individual sports. Zac is excelling in fencing and his promotion into the England Development environment is testament to the hard work both he and Neil have put into fencing. Very well done Zac!”
Zac said “I was really pleased to be asked by an existing England Coach to go along and have my fencing assessed. Finding out I am now part of the England Development Squad is incredible and is pushing me to become the best fencer I can be”.