Oldham Sports Award
Stuart Marshall, Dave Taylor and Michael Swiffin have been working hard to build the reputation and participation of fencing in Manchester, One of the boroughs they work in is Oldham. For their efforts, Oldham Sports Development team have nominated Marshall Fencing Club as one of the best sports clubs in Oldham. The winner will be announced on the 10th July at a sports awards evening celebrating the hard work sports clubs, coaches and volunteers put into their sport.
An extract from Marshall Fencing Clubs nomination statement.
'Fencers attending the club have risen from just under the 30 mark in Feb 2014 to 70+ in Feb 2015 and attract fencers from all over the north of England. In May this year we qualified 37 Fencers in 10 different age group categories for the British Youth Championships, this is the largest number from any club in the country. This was held in Sheffield and was represented by the best fencers from every region in the country. We gained 13 medals from this event. As a club throughout the year, we acquire medals at most competitions we enter in age groups U10/U12/U14/U17/U20 and senior competition, even up to Veteran(40+) national medals.
We have a young fencer, James Edwards representing England in the Junior Commonwealth Championship in South Africa this year. Head coach Stuart Marshall was U15 England team coach for the 3rd consecutive year and UK school games England head coach. Assistant Coach David Taylor came 5th at the Veterans Commonwealth championships for New Zealand. Assistant Coach Michael Swiffin was New Zealand Team Coach at the Commonwealth Championship and Michael has Represented England in the Veterans 4 nations Competition returning with a gold medal. Yvonne Walls represented Great Britain in the Veterans European and World Championship. We sent a Squad youth fencers to Germany, Poland, France, Italy for fencing Competitions at various age groups representing England, Scotland and Great Britain.'