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FORTE VILLAGE CAMP – ÉPÉE AND FOIL

August 19 - August 24

The Forte Village Team of Olympic medalists and elite coaches invite you to attend a life-changing international fencing summer camp at the luxury one-of-a-kind Forte Village Resort in Sardinia, Italy. This unforgettable international summer experience will take fencers and their families to one of the most beautiful places in the world, where fencing students will enjoy intense and specialized training to improve their sportsmanship, make international friends, spend quality time with their families, and make lifelong memories and connections.

The Forte Village Fencer Academy will challenge fencers while they have the best summer of their lives. Located on 16 acres on the southern coast of Sardinia, Forte Village Resort offers world-class training, where top competitors and coaches train fencers to become extraordinary in the sport. During training, fencers will work with top-tier fencing athletes who embody the spirit of the sport. 

Participants will gain insights into the training ethics of champion fencers, Olympians, and elite coaches who specialize in two unique weapons: foil and épée.

Although this camp focuses on fencing, the experience is for the whole family. As fencers attend the fencing camp to develop their competitive edge, parents and other family members will explore and relax in one of the best five-star luxury resorts in the world. There is something for the entire family in this opportunity.

There will be two sessions of each camp (foil and epee), but spots are limited. Register early before both sell out. Each foil and epee camp session will run separately but in parallel.

CAMP DATES AND STAFF

Session 1

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 20, 2024

Families should plan to arrive on Saturday, July 13, or Sunday, July 14, to get acclimated. This package requires a six-day hotel stay, and the fencing camp is sold separately from room costs.

Staff for this fencing camp include:**

Foil Coaches

  • French Olympic Bronze medalist Patrick Groc
  • Cuban Olympic Bronze medalist Rolando Tucker
  • Competitive American coach Alex Wood is a leading member of the United States Fencing Association and former Stanford Team Captain.
  • Additional coaches to be announced.

Épée Coaches

Philippe Pautrat
  • Elite French épée coach Philippe Pautrat from Paris.
  • Additional coaches to be announced.
 

** These names are subject to change but probably will not.

Session 2

Monday, August 19 – Friday, August 24, 2024

Families should plan to arrive on Saturday, August 17, or Sunday, August 18, to get acclimated. This package requires a six-day hotel stay, and the fencing camp is sold separately from room costs.

Staff for this fencing camp include:**

Foil Coaches

Rolando Tucker
  • Cuban Olympic Bronze medalist Rolando
  • Additional coaches to be announced.

Épée Coaches

  • Egyptian Olympian Mohamed Elsayed.
  • Additional coaches to be announced.
** These names are subject to change but probably will not.

CAMP DETAILS​

Each of the two camps will follow a similar program and training schedule.

WHO IS THE CAMP FOR?

The camps are open to children from eight to nineteen years old as well as Seniors and Veterans. The age categories offered are as follows*:

Under 10
10 to 14
14 to 16
16 to 19
19-39 (Seniors) 
40+ (Veterans)

Anyone who meets the age requirement can attend. Training level classifications will be assigned based on skill level and competition experience as well as age.  Seniors and Veterans will train separately from the younger fencers so they can have their own experience.

*Overlap will be permitted based on the level of the individual fencer.

HOW TRAINING GROUPS WORK?

Apart from categories designed for competitive and Elite Cadet, Junior, Senior and Veteran Fencers, there will be specially crafted programs catering to elite, competitive, and intermediate youth fencers. These programs generally target ages 8-9, 10-11, and Young Teens (12-13).

A 5-touch tournament will group the students. Mini-tournaments will allow them to move up throughout the week. There will be opportunities for students to fence one another during the week and supervised free fencing bouts in the early evening.

WHAT DOES THE CAMP INCLUDE?

Each camp will include two training sessions per day:

  • 8:30 –10:30 am
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Private lessons and training sessions will also be offered in the afternoon based on coaches’ availability, and one hour of supervised fencing will be provided in the early evening.

Accommodation: Minimum six consecutive night hotel stay at Forte Village with Saturday or Sunday check-in before camp starts.

WHAT DOES THE CAMP COST?

Fencing camp is sold separately from room costs. Room costs vary depending on room selection. Participating in the fencing camp requires a minimum hotel stay of 6 consecutive nights. Private lessons (30 minutes) are available by request at an additional cost of $100.

CAMP PACKAGES

Registration Deadlines*

  • Early Registration by the March 15 deadline:  $1,000 per camper
  • Early Registration by the April 1 deadline: $1,250 per camper
  • Registration by the final May 1 deadline: $1,500 per camper

* The registration fee, along with any private lessons, will be invoiced by and paid to International Fencer Council, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. A portion of these charges might be tax-deductible for fencers from the U.S.A. We do not provide tax advice, however, so please check with your accountant.

Included with the Camp Package

  • Welcome kit
  • Breakfast for fencers and their family members (beverages not included)
  • Dinner for fencers and their family members (beverages not included)
  • Training at Forte Village Fencing Academy (fencing and conditioning)
  • Sparring with top-level fencers
  • Final tournament with awards from our partners

Available at Additional Cost

  • Private lessons/ training sessions

WHAT SHOULD FENCERS BRING WITH THEM?

Campers need to bring their own equipment, including:

  • Fencing pants
  • White fencing jacket
  • Electric jacket
  • Fencing mask
  • Underarm protector
  • Chest protection
  • Multiple working body cords and head clips
  • At least three working weapons
  • Fencing shoes
  • All necessary electric cords

We also recommend you bring two sets of fencing whites if possible. The intense training will allow you to change from practice to practice.

Not Included with the Camp Package

  • Airfare to Cagliari, Sardinia
  • Hotel transfer from and to airport in Cagliari
  • Fencing equipment: Please bring your own equipment and make sure you have enough in case blades/body cords break!
  • Technical material
  • Private lessons
  • Every fencer should be covered by his or her own health insurance. It is not provided by the camp or resort.
  • We recommend you carry your own travel insurance or equivalent cover.
  • City tax
  • Any optional extensions and excursions
  • Everything not specified

 

PACKING LIST

Clothing

All necessary clothing, including:

  • Underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip flops (for the swimming pool and beach)
  • Light sweater – Remember that the weather tends to be warm in Sardinia, but you might need a light sweater in the evenings and mornings.

We also recommend you bring extra t-shirts, underwear, and socks so you can change throughout the day to accommodate the intense training.

Medications

Include paperwork from the child’s doctor for any medications. An authorization form to administer the medication will be in the orientation packet.

Cellphones

Fencers can carry cell phones but cannot use them during practice. If this becomes an issue, phones may be confiscated and returned at the end of camp.

A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP

During the week, coaches will be available for the fencers, ready to assist and meet their every need.

The camp will commence with a reception on Sunday evening.

The program for Monday-Friday includes:

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Athletes Breakfast (breakfast service will be extended until 10:30 a.m. for family members)

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Fun warm-up games
Fencing-specific physical training (footwork, reactivity, speed, explosive power, and resistance)
Technical and tactical fencing training and drills
Competition/mental preparation
Supervised fencing bouts

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Break and snacks

11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Technical and tactical fencing
Supervised fencing bouts

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch break

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Private lessons (30 minutes)

5.30 – 6:30 p.m

Open and supervised free fencing bouts

Friday’s schedule will include a final tournament. 

PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

Every fencer’s dream is to have a fencing champion, world-renowned coach, or trainer at their disposal. You can train in 30-minute lessons/sessions with a coach. To book a private lesson/training session, please coordinate with International Fencer Council.

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY IF I CANNOT ATTEND?

There is no refund available for the camp registration fee. The payment you provide goes to Forte Village and spaces are very limited, so no exchanges or credit are possible. We recommend a cancelation insurance. 

The hotel booking is refundable, however, per the Forte Village terms and conditions (see Hotel Registration page for more info).

WHAT IF THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH SIGN-UPS FOR AN AGE GROUP?

International Fencer Council reserves the right to cancel classes if there are not enough sign-ups. If classes are cancelled, anyone who has already paid will be refunded in full.

WHY CHOOSE FORTE VILLAGE FENCER ACADEMY?

Attending the Forte Village Fencer Academy allows fencers a chance to work with Olympians and elite coaches. It has some impressive organizers, too. They include the resort, the International Fencer Council, and IMARK, one of the top boutique consulting firms in the world. It is the best opportunity to get world-class training that will push their fencing skills to the next level.

The Forte Village Fencer Academy isn’t just for the fencers, though. It is something the entire family will remember. Forte Village is a five-star luxury resort situated in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Olympic-grade training nestled in a luxury resort is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the whole family.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

We would love to hear from you.!

For enquiries about the fencing camp, please contact International Fencer Council: 

+1 571 604 7475

571-277-8040

fencing4sports@gmail.com

For enquiries about hotel accommodations, please contact Forte Village bookings:

+39 0709218818
holiday@fortevillage.com

Details

Start:
August 19
End:
August 24
Website:
https://ifcinc.org/international-fencing-camp-15th-to-20th-july-2024/

Venue

Sardinia, Italy
FORTE VILLAGE, Pula CA 09010 Italy + Google Map
Phone
+390709218818