British Youth Championships – Sheffield May 5 – 7, 2012
The British Fencing Parents Group were asked by the Competitions and Calendar Committee to carry out a survey of all participants in the British Youth Championships 2012. The purpose of the survey is to give fencers, parents, coaches, and in fact all attendees of the competition the opportunity to provide feedback to the competition organisers which they will use to improve future competitions.
Q1. How satisfied were you with the entry process to the competition? Satisfied (5.9 out of 7.0)
Q2. How satisfied were you with the venue? Satisfied (6.0 out of 7.0)
Q3. How satisfied were you with your fencers experience on the piste? Fairly satisfied (5.3 out of 7.0)
Q4. How satisfied were you with the overall helpfulness of the organisers during and after the event? Satisfied (5.9 out of 7.0)
A well run event which on average satisfied participants (5.8). The result compares favourably to results collected when the Parents Group tested the questionnaire last year, for example exceeding reported satisfaction with British Cadet Championships 2011 (5.7), an event held at the same venue.
Participants commented on a wide range of aspects of the event, and the comments were generally very positive. More than one participant wanted directions to the venue to be included in the entry papers; and more than one participant wanted hotel details. The venue gets widespread praise. The charge for parking made by the adjacent car park when the EIS parking is full is criticised; and the refreshment area also attracts criticism (food quality, price and queues). There is always criticism of referees, and this event was no exception (despite initial appearances). This was not out of line with other events however. Some respondents praised the reffing. The lower ranking for piste experience on Monday suggests dissatisfaction was higher after some referees left to go to the UKSG. The speed of response of armourers was praised by more than one respondent. The helpfulness of organisers was noted particularly the rapid announcement of results on the fencing forum. A number of respondents would have liked the pool sheets and tableau for each event to be posted in more than one place.
"wouldn't want competition held anywhere else"
"very efficiently run"
"My son found it the most enjoyable event he had ever attended"
"excellent in every way"
Full findings are here http://www.bfparentsgroup.co.uk/index.php/useful-documents/cat_view/5-good-competition-guide