Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

From Bulgaria to Britain

Truro School introduces a new fencing coach, Nikolay Dinev, who was previously an Assistant National Sabre Coach in Bulgaria

Posted by Hannah Vickers | March 24, 2017 | Sports & Leisure

Fencing at Truro School has a renowned history, and, thanks to the partnership between Truro School and Truro Fencing Club, it is regarded as the number one public sabre school in the UK.  

At the beginning of 2017, the partnership welcomed a new top-class coach to its team, Nikolay Dinev. With an impressive fencing history behind him, Nikolay represented Bulgaria at Senior World Cup level, and now makes the move to Truro School after teaching at the Etropolski Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Although the move to Truro School meant a big relocation for Nikolay, he says the decision was not a hard one to make.

“For me, a job in a school is the most important because it’s the schools that give us the athletes and they are the future of the sport. Truro School has very high performance amongst its students and so it’s just about getting more children involved,” said Nikolay.

Nikolay, who was also the Bulgarian Assistant National Sabre Coach, holds the highest level coaching diploma and will be working closely with students from Truro School in their training sessions. 

Truro School’s fencers have achieved a very high standard since partnering with Truro Fencing Club, thanks to the high calibre of coaching staff that they have been able to work with. Former pupil James Honeybone was an Olympic fencer for the 2012 games, and former pupil William Deary, who started fencing at Truro Prep School, recently received funding towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

More recently, sixth form student Caitlin Maxwell, made fencing history last year. Caitlin became the first woman to hold all three GB Sabre Fencing Titles in Under 17, Under 20 and senior categories. 

Now the focus is on taking the success to the higher level European Championships, with Truro School pupils recently competing in the Under 20 European Circuits in Budapest, regarded as one of the toughest European circuits, where a student was ranked in fifth place overall. 

With the strength of Truro School’s fencers building each year, Head Coach Jon Salfield says it has been important to build a team of coaches who are able to maintain that momentum.

“We’re climbing a ladder at the moment, we’ve had some really good results over the last five years and we need to maintain that momentum, we are always looking to build foundations and continue to develop,” said Jon. “Our long-term aim is to develop the high-performance group to a truly world-class level so we are achieving medals at Senior World Championships, European Championships, and ultimately obviously Olympic games, that’s the ultimate aim.”

Nikolay will be working with students across the Elite Academy programme for fencers that are aiming for the highest level in the sport, as well as coaching those who are looking to take it up as a beginner. High performance level fencers at Truro School will be working with Nikolay and the Truro Fencing Club up to three hours a day during competition time to work on strength and conditioning training programmes and technique building. 

Jon Salfield stressed that it was important when looking for the latest appointment of a coach to find someone that was the right fit for both Truro School and Truro Fencing Club, and that he worked closely with Truro School’s Headmaster, Andrew Gordon-Brown, to make the appointment possible.

“We were happy not only with Nikolay’s technical level of coaching, but also with the way he runs the session with the young fencers, it was important to find the right person to fit into the ethos of both the school and the club,” said Jon. 

W: www.truroschool.com 

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Related stories

Are you ready for sports day?

Are PE lessons awesome?

A top position for Truro School's Under 16 Badminton Team

Ashville College claims European swimming title  

St John's Rugby team crowned National Sevens champions

Malvern College hosts 25th Cross Country Championships

Truro School sixth former offered dream job at Social Chain

Young girls in sport at Barrow Hills School

Graham Napier: a cricketer in the classroom

A new sporting future for The Grange School

Market place - view all

Promethean

Effective teaching is the key to successful, collaborative and pers...

Compass

Compass Computer Consultants Ltd. has been designing and implement...

Solardome Industries Limited

At Solardome Industries we are the UK's only manufacturer of glass and...

Huck nets

For over 50 years, the HUCK-Label has signified: - high-quality ne...

S&C Slatter

S&C Slatter have over 20 years experience as specialists in constru...

Fitness Warehouse

If you are searching for high quality commercial gym equipment, loo...