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Aspromonte Special Challenge Camp @ Jesi | 25-29 July 2018 | Jesi, Italy




ASPROMONTE SPECIAL CHALLENGE CAMP @ JESI | 25-29 JULY 2018 | JESI, ITALY


ONLY Winners Take the Challenge from the TOP Italian Olympic Gold Medalist, National Level Coaches and Top Notch Fencers in Jesi, Italy this Summer!

YOU are the ONE!

ONLY Accepting the Top Fencers Across the World!

STEPIO Exclusive!

Pre-Register NOW for FREE with STEPIO before it is full house!


Before joining the famous Jesi Camp this July, Coach Aspromonte designs a tougher, more focussed, more winner-oriented special challenge camp for 5 days.

Yes ... DO NOT TAKE THE CHALLENGE IF YOU ARE NOT THE WINNER!

The Jesi Camp is the best in Italy, and this Special Challenge Camp is THE BEST OF THE BEST!

You will be challenged by the coach team same as Jesi Camp (if not more), in an enclosed venue and offered specialty training with the best, high selected fencers in 5 days, prior to the Jesi Camp.

The training program is still a secret and reveal to the fencers in the Special Challenge Camp ONLY.

You still enjoy the same hotel, same food, same weather as in the Jesi Camp, yet you have weapon-to-weapon contacts with all coaches EVERY MOMENT in the Special Challenge Camp.

Pre-Register NOW for FREE with STEPIO before it is full house! 

CAMP DETAILS

Duration : 5-Day total; 25-29 July.

Venue : Club Scherma Jesi, Jesi, Italy.

Purpose : Enhanced training program for the best fencers prior to joining the Jesi Camp.


COACH

Coach In-Charge : Valerio Aspromonte

Coach : Olympic and World Champions - Stefano Cerioni, Giovanna Trillini, Valentina Vezzali, Elisa Di Francisca, Rossella Flamingo.

PARTICIPANT

Weapon : Foil, Epee and Saber.
Gender : Male and female.
Age Limit : Age of 8 or above.
Group : Athletes will be divided based on age and technical abilities.
Maximum No. of Fencers : 20 (Only the top fencers in their countries will be selected)


COST

Camp Fee : EUR600 per athlete, including hotel accommodation, buffet meals at hotel and shuttle bus transfer to and from hotel and venue.

Hotel : 5-night included; Hotel Federico II or Hotel of Nani; twin bedded or triple or quadruple standard room.

Private Lesson

EUR70 per 30-minute lesson, with your selected Coach; reserve with STEPIO earlier once completing pre-registration; subject to in-advance booking and availability.

Deadline of Accepting Fencers : 30 June 2018 

OTHERS

Airfare, Local Transport & Other Expenses

Not included; expenses related to airfare, dining-out, private gathering among athletes, local transports and suveniors are NOT included.  

Souvenirs & Prizes

All fencers will be offered camp specific souvenirs and prizes from the competition;
Don't forget you can always get special gifts from coaches they brought from their countries if you perform well in camp!

Insurance

Public indemnity insurance is managed for the event; foreign fencers to manage their own insurances.

Accompanied STEPIO Coach : STEPIO arranges accompanied coach with the athletes who register with STEPIO from Hong Kong, Macao, Korea, Singapore, Taipei, Taichung and Moscow. It is USD60 per day EXTRA to the Camp Fee.

Aspromonte Jesi Fencing Camp 2018




ASPROMONTE ITALY FENCING CAMP 2018 | 30 JULY - 5 AUGUST 2018 | JESI, ITALY

30 July - 5 August 2018

Meet with the TOP Italian Olympic Gold Medalist with 200+ International Fencers in Jesi, ITALY!

One of the Large Fencing Camps in the World!


In 2017, the attended athletes were from 19 countries accommodating 25 pistes!

It is the BEST camp hosted in Italy. All Italian fencers treat this camp as most promised, most desired and most beneficial camp across the country.

Great food, great resort hotel (for parents to enjoy!) and great training for hot, dry summer!

Fencers across the globe is now having a chance to meet with all the top Italian Olympians and World Champions, including Stefano Cerioni, Giovanna Trillini, Valentina Vezzali, Valerio Aspromonte, Elisa Di Francisca, Rossella Flamingo. while joining the Camp with fencers from 25+ countries this year! You will experience what you might ever tried in your fencing years!

With the full-day training session everyday from early morning to evening, you will be gaining skill exchange, understanding Italian training culture, making new friends across the globe. Aspromonte and other coaches will show you and discuss with you how to make it all the way to the world rank. The whole trip will be full of fun and inspirative to fencers of all age.




CAMP DETAILS

Duration : 7-Day total; 30 July - 5 August Camp.


Venue : Jesi Sports Arena, Jesi, Italy.



Purpose : Experience and Skill Sharing & Preparation for the Agonistic Fencing Season in 2018/19.



Feature : Intensive Workouts, Athletic Trainings, Drill Practices, Drill-on-the-Beach and Individual Clinics, Cross-Border Group Practice and Experience Sharing Sessions

Bonus : FREE one-hour private lesson with the chosen Coach or Coach In-Charge.


COACH

Coach In-Charge : COACH

Coach In-Charge : Annalisa Coltorti, the Italian National Fencing Team Athletic Coach.

Coach : Olympic and World Champions - Stefano Cerioni, Giovanna Trillini, Valentina Vezzali, Valerio Aspromonte, Elisa Di Francisca, Rossella Flamingo.

Staff : A group of trainers, tutors, support coaches and doctors on-duty.

PARTICIPANT

    Weapon : Foil, Epee and Saber.
    Gender : Male and female.
    Age Limit : Age of 8 or above.
    Group : Athletes will be divided based on age and technical abilities.
    Maximum No. of Fencers : 200 (60% from Italian)
    Nationality : 60% Italian, 35% European & USA, 5% Asian


COST

Camp Fee : EUR750 per athlete, including hotel accommodation, buffet meals at hotel and shuttle bus transfer to and from hotel and venue.

Hotel : 7-night included; Hotel Federico II or Hotel of Nani; twin bedded or triple or quadruple standard room.


Private Lesson

    EUR70 per 30-minute lesson, with your selected Coach;
    reserve with STEPIO earlier once completing pre-registration;
    subject to in-advance booking and availability.


Deadline of Accepting Fencers : 30 June 2018


OTHERS


Airfare, Local Transport & Other Expenses

    Not included;
    expenses related to airfare, dining-out, private gathering among athletes, local transports and suveniors are NOT included. 


Souvenirs & Prizes

    All fencers will be offered camp specific souvenirs and prizes from the competition;
    Don't forget you can always get special gifts from coaches they brought from their countries if you perform well in camp!


Insurance

    Public indemnity insurance is managed for the event;
    foreign fencers to manage their own insurances.


Accompanied STEPIO Coach : STEPIO arranges accompanied coach with the athletes who register with STEPIO from Hong Kong, Macao, Korea, Singapore, Taipei, Taichung and Moscow. It is USD60 per day EXTRA to the Camp Fee.

Taichung L.C.Y. Fencing International Invitational Tournament 2018



The 5th L.C.Y. Fencing International Invitational Tournament


DETAILS

1. Governing Committee: Taichung Municipal Government and Taichung Sports Association.

2. Sponsor: L.C.Y. Fencing Club.

3. Co-organizer: The Fencing Association of Taiwan ROC, The National Taiwan Sports University and the Feng Chia University.

4. Tournament Date: August 03 to 05, 2018.

5. Pre-Tournament Training Camp: July 30, 2018 to August 02, 2018, 4 days.

  • coached by Kim Seong Ryul, Head Coach of the Korean National Junior Team
  • a Russian womens foil coach and an Italian womens saber coach are also assisting on coaching
  • the Taiwan Sports University's professional team will come to train and skill exchange with campers.

6. Address of Tournament and Training Camp: 3/F, The Gymnasium, Fungjia University, No. 100, Wenhua Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan ROC

7. Qualification for Competition
(1) the 8-year-old should be born after 1 January, 2010.
(2) the 10-year-olds should be born after 1 January 2008.
(3) the 12-year-olds should be born after 1 January 2006.
(4) the 14-year-olds should be born after 1 January 2004.
(5) the 17-year-olds should be born after 1 January 2001.
(6) Open Group: Regardless of age.
(7) Veteran Group:
  • Women's Group:
  • Group A 35-44 years old (born in 1983 until 31 December 1974)
  • Group B 45-54 years old (born in 1973 until 31 December 1964)
  • Group C 55-64 years old (born in 1963 until 31 December 1954)
  • Group D above 65 years old (born before 31 December 1953)
  • Men's Group:
  • Group A 40-49 (born in 1978 until 31 December 1969)
  • Group B 50-59 years old (born in 1968 until December 31 1959)
  • Group C 60-69 years old (born in 1958 until 31 December 1949)
  • Group D above 70 years old (born before 31 December 1948)

Competition Events:
(1) 8-year-old men's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
8-year-old women's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
(2) 10-year-old men's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
10-year-old women's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
(3) 12-year-old men's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
12-year-old women's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
(4) 14-year-old men's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
14-year-old women's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
(5) 17-year-old men's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
17-year-old women's : foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
(6) Open men's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
Open women's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
(7) Veteran men's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
Veteran women's: foil individual, epee individual, saber individual.
(8) 10-year-old men's: foil team, epee team, saber team.
10-year-old women's: foil team, epee team, saber team.
(9) 14-year-old men's: foil team, epee team, saber team.
14-year-old women's: foil team, epee team, saber team.
(10) 17-year-old men's: foil team, epee team, saber team.
17-year-old women's: foil team, epee team, saber team.
(11) Open men's: foil team, epee team, saber team.
Open women's: foil team, epee team, saber team.

8. Competition Format:

(1) 8 and 10-year-old and Veteran individual: group cycle and single elimination. Group cycle 5 hits in 2 minutes. In the semi-final and final, it is 10 hits in 3 rounds. Foil and Epee is 2 minutes per round with 1 minute break; whereas Saber is 1 minute break once one side gets 5 hits.

(2) 12-years-old, 14-years-old, 17-years-old and Open: group cycle and single elimination. Group cycle 5 hits in 3 minutes. In the semi-final and final, it is 15 hits in 3 rounds; 3 minutes per round with 1 minute break.

(3) if there are fewer than 4 fencers in Veteran, the competition will be held combined and handicap system will be adopted.

9. Registration method:

Individual competition: each person can participate in more than one group per day in one weapon only, no mixed weapons is allowed.
Team competition: free to join team, not subject to individual group registration and team name restriction, can register with different weapons.

10. Competition Registration Fee:

  • Individual US$50 per person. (NT$1500)
  • Team competition US$150 per team. (NT$4500)
  • Training camp fee: US$100 per person per day, US$400 for 4 days.

11. Registration Deadline: July 13, 2018 (per email collection date or post stamp date).
Please fill in the registration form and email to the person-in-charge: Mr. Lin Jing Yang.
Please specify the subject as 'International Invitational Tournament - Name of Organization', and the receipt email will be sent to you.
If you do not receive a reply by email within 3 working days, please confirm your registration by email again.

12. Daily Schedule: 8:30 a.m. check-in, 9:00 start on-time.
Equipment Inspection : 14:00-18:00, August 02; and 8:00 on everyday, priorized according to the schedule.
Equipment check prior to competition is required.

August 03 (Friday)

(1) 8-year-old men's epee group, 8-year-old men's saber individual, and 8-year-old women's foil individual.
(2) 10-year-old men's foil individual, 10-year-old women's epee individual, 10-year-old women's saber individual.
(3) 12-year-old men's epee individual, 12-year-old men's saber individual, 12-year-old women's foil individual.
(4) 14-year-old men's foil individual, 14-year-old women's epee individual, 14-year-old women's saber individual.
(5) 17-year-old men's epee individual, 17-year-old men's saber individual, 17-year-old women's foil individual.
(6) Open men's foil individual, Open women's epee individual, Open women's saber individual.

04 August (Saturday):

(1) 8-year-old men's foil individual, 8-year-old women's epee individual, 8-year-old women's saber individual.
(2) 10-year-old men's epee individual, 10-year-old men's saber individual and 10-year-old women's foil individual.
(3) 12-year-old men's foil individual, 12-year-old women's epee individual, 12-years-old women's saber individual.
(4) 14-year-old men's epee individual, 14-year-old men's saber individual, 14-year-old women's foil individual.
(5) 17-year-old men's foil individual, 17-year-old women's epee individual, 17-year-old women's saber individual.
(6) Open men's epee individual, Open men's saber individual, Open women's foil individual.
(7) Veteran men's epee individual and Veteran men's saber individual.
(8) Veteran women's epee individual and Veteran women's saber individual.

05 August 2008 (Sunday):

(1) 10-year-old men's foil team, 10-year-old men's epee team, 10-year-old men's saber team.
(2) 10-year-old group women's foil team, 10-year-old women's epee team, and 10-year-old women's saber team.
(3) 14-year-old men's foil team, 14-year-old men's epee team, and 14-year-old men's saber team.
(4) 14-year-old women's foil team, 14-year-old women's epee team, 14-year-old women's saber team.
(5) 17-year-old men's foil team, 17-year-old men's epee team, 17-year-old men's saber team.
(6) 17-year old women's foil team, 17-year-old women's epee team, 17-year-old women's saber team.
(7) Open men's foil team, Open men's epee team, Open men's saber team.
(8) Open women's foil team, Open women's epee team, Open women's saber team.
(9) Veteran men's foil individual, Veteran women's foil individual.

13. Remarks:

This competition will produce the coach certificates for all coaches, according to the names of each organizations in the registration form.

(1) rules will refer to the international fencing federation (FIE) competition rules.
(2) in order to implement the identity verification, participants must show identification or passport for reference.
(3) during the competition, the participants will be covered by 3rd party insurance and medical injury insurance.
(4) equipment rental is not provided, the fencers shall prepare their own qualified weapons. Please be sure to wear fencing uniforms with 350N or above, or will be dealt with according to the rules.
(5) the competiton arena is strictly for personnel to enter, except the referees, fencers and a team's coach (wearing their coach certificates) and the staff. Parents and other personnels should be at the spectators' stand and rest area outside the arena.
(6) individual competition:
(i) based on group cycle and the final elimination format.
(ii) the champion, 1st round-up and 2nd round-up will be awarded with medals and certificate; the 2nd and 3rd round-up will also be recognized, and the fifth to eighth ranks will issue certificates.
(7) 8 and 10-year-old competition should use No. 0 foil and epee weapons with 77.5 cm in length, and Number 0 saber weapon is No. 0 with 76.5 cm in length. 12-year-old and above is required to use No. 5 foil weapon, No. 5 foil and epee weapons are with 90cm in length, and No. 5 saber weapon is 88cm in length.
(8) if the above is not complete, it shall be resolved and per the general meeting's decision in due course.

Aspromonte USA Summer Camp | Houston | 18-22 August


ASPROMONTE
USA FENCING CAMP 2018 - HOUSTON

18-22 June 2018

Meet with Italian Olympic Gold Medalist with Top US Fencers in Houston!

Fencers across the globe is now having a chance to meet with your idol, Valerio Aspromonte, the Italian Olympic Gold Medalist in London 2012, while joining the Camp Victory in Houston this summer. You can also stay couple more days longer to watch the Summer Nationals, i.e. the most important tournament for young fencers in US every year.

One of the most successful camp on the west coast. this 6th visit of Coach Aspromonte vitalizes the top qualified fencers in Houston region the best possible, most intensive training before the Summer Nationals this season!

You will experience the most competitive fencers of whom you might ever tried in your fencing years!

To get the best out of this camp, we also invite the top foil coaches at Salle Mauro, Khaled Soliman, Ahmed Rosowsky and Ammar Aboelkhier to aid the coaching this year! Yes, you are experiencing TOP Italian, Egyptian and British fencing in ONE EVENT!

With the closed door approach, this full day training everyday from 9am to 3pm, you can fence with US fencers from several major clubs in the region, along with other international fencers from Italy, China, Hong Kong, Canada etc.

You will be gaining skill exchange, understanding US training culture, making new friends with the best US clubs. Aspromonte and other coaches will show you and discuss with you how to make it all the way to the world rank. The whole trip will be full of fun and inspirative to fencers of all age.

CAMP DETAILS

Duration : 5-Day total; 18-22 June 2018.
Venue : 4007 Bellaire Boulevard STE EE, Houston TX, 77025.
Purpose : Experience and Skill Sharing & Preparation for Competitons in Fall 2018.
Feature : Cross-Border Group Practice and Experience Sharing Sessions

Program (daily program to-be-confirmed)
Indoor Training : Warm-up, Group drill, Group fencing, Individual fencing with Aspromonte
Outdoor Training : Group drill; location to be confirmed
Private Lesson : 30-minute; between sessions and during session 4; Available upon prior arrangement

Beginners' Lesson : Small group and individual beginners' lessons to be conducted by Salle Mauro coaches on the venue.

Session : 1 no. per day, 2.5 hours morning and afternoon; 1 hour lunch break;

COACH

Coach In-Charge : Valerio Aspromonte, the reputable Italian champion foil fencer and gold medalist of London 2012 Olympics.

Local Coach : Salle Mauro coaches, Khaled Soliman, Ahmed Rosowsky and Ammar Aboelkhier. Coaches from other clubs to be confirmed.

Staff & Volunteer : care-taking (volunteer parents), coaching (volunteer fencers), translation (STEPIO staff), referee (fencers & club coaches) by a group of trainers, tutors and support coaches.

PARTICIPANT


  • Weapon : Foil (optional Epee and Saber).
  • Gender : Male and female.
  • Age Limit : Age of 6 or above.
  • Group : Athletes will be divided based on age and technical abilities.
  • Maximum No. of Fencers : 100 (70% from USA)
  • Nationality : 70% USA, 5% Italian; 25% Other countries

COST

Camp Fee :

  • USD700 for 5 days.
  • Private Lesson
  • USD90 per 30-minute lesson, with your selected Coach;
  • reserve with STEPIO earlier once completing pre-registration;
  • subject to in-advance booking and availability.

Deadline of Accepting Fencers : 30 May 2018 or while seat lasts

Registration Confirmation : All US fencers to extend the final list of applicants to Salle Mauro FC on or before 30 May; International fencers to extend your registration to STEPIO on or before 30 May 2018.

OTHERS

Accommodation

  • Not included;
  • Bed-and-Breakfast or hotel can be arranged for foreign fencers and local fencers from remoted areas;
  • Nearby Bed & Breakfast, nearest hotel, rates to be confirmed (with and without breakfast).

Meal

  • Not included; self-arranged;
  • Lunch : USD8 per box.
  • Airfare, Local Transport & Other Expenses
  • Not included;
  • expenses related to airfare, dining-out, private gathering among athletes, local transports and souvenirs are NOT included.

Souvenirs & Prizes

  • All fencers will be offered camp specific souvenirs and prizes from the competition;
  • Don't forget you can always get special gifts from coaches they brought from their countries if you perform well in camp!

Insurance 

  • Public indemnity insurance is managed for the event;
  • foreign fencers to manage their own insurances.

Accompanied STEPIO Coach : STEPIO arranges accompanied coach with the athletes who register with STEPIO from Hong Kong, Macao, Korea, Singapore, Taipei, Taichung and Moscow. It is USD60 per day EXTRA to the Camp Fee.
Exciting Moments from last year!











Say NO to Facebook! Act Now!



Say NO to Facebook!

People are fleeing Facebook after it was revealed that political data firm Cambridge Analytica exploited the personal information of some 50 million users. The incident prompted a public apology from CEO Mark Zuckerberg and led federal governments to question whether the site is capable of protecting user data.



People are losing faith in Zuckerberg and the empire he built. With the #DeleteFacebook in full swing, it’s time to find an alternative app for sharing content, staying close with friends and family, and keeping on top of the news.



We see that we have the obligation to protect the privacy of all our athletes who are joining our camps. Actually we never like Facebook at all yet it seems a powerful tool to spread our messages to the athlete crowd. We have no choice to use Facebook to start our business.

Since we have been organizing quality camps and trainings to our athletes for more than a year, it builds a solid client base for us based on trust and respect from our athletes and their parents. We have a choice to gradually change our social media platform to better ones -- VERO.

VERO

A direct competitor to Facebook, Vero has gained more than 3 million users in the past few months. The platform’s founder says it was made to go back to a simpler time when people followed things that interest them and stayed close to people in their lives.



If Vero doesn’t already seem like a reaction to Facebook’s recent failures, the app’s website says it was made to “address digital addiction.” It’s an unrestrained quip at Zuckerberg’s tactics of “exploiting human psychology” to addict users, as two former Facebook executives put it.

“As an advertising free platform, we don’t view addiction to our service as a measure of success. We want Vero to enhance your life, not detract from it,” the app claims.

On Vero, users can post photos, videos, links, and their current location. They can also recommend their favorite movies and TV shows. The platform’s interface shows content strictly in chronological order, a response to backlash from Instagram’s unpopular decision to use a ranked feed.

The Vero app was recently incapable of supporting an influx of users and became essentially unusable for several days. The subscription-based platform responded by giving new users a free lifetime membership.

We has started inviting friends and posting blog on VERO, please stay tuned.

We are here @ VERO!


Wellington Summer Fencing & Ski Camp 2018



Wellington Fencing & Ski Camp | 15-24 August 2018 Ⅰ Wellington, New Zealand

10-Day Camp Fee = 
All Costs + 10% Service Fee
(Total ~USD3,900 per Fencer)
GENERAL INFORMATION

Venue
  • Fencing Camp at Wellington High School Gymnasium, Wellington;
  • Skiing Camp at Mount Ruapehu Ski Resort, Whakapapa, Central Island.
Camp Period : 10 days total
  • 15-17 August -- Fencing Camp, 3 days;
  • 18-19 August -- Competition, 2 days;
  • 20-24 August -- Skiing Camp, 5 days.
Fencing Session
  • 3 nos. per day, 2.5 hours per session;
  • Session 1 0900-1130 - Mainly younger fencers <10 li="" old="" years="">
  • Session 2 1230-1500 - More experienced fencers 10+ years old
  • Session 3 1600-1830 - More experienced fencers 10+ years old
Skiing Session
  • 2 nos. per day, 2.5 hours per session;
  • Session 1 0900-1130 - Mainly younger skiers <10 li="" old="" years="">
  • Session 2 1300-1530 - Afternoon Session for skiers 10+ years old
Deadline of Accepting Fencers : 30 June 2018

Registration Confirmation : All FCs to extend the final list of applicants to Coach Cui on or before 30 June.

Coach On-Duty
Fencing
  • Session 1 : Coached by Susan
  • Session 2 & 3 : Coached by Wayne and Coach Daniel
Skiing
  • Session 1 & 2 : Coached by Dong & Local qualified skiing coach

Competition : 11 August 2018 (2-day)

U20 National Tournament Central New Zealand
  • Weapon : Foil, Epee & Saber
  • Group : U20
  • Schedule : Competition schedule; details TBA
U12 Invitational Challenge
  • Weapon : Foil only
  • Group : U12 & U10
  • Schedule : Competition schedule; details TBA

FENCING PROGRAM (daily program to-be-finalized)
  • Indoor Training : Warm-up, Group drill, Group fencing, Individual fencing with Coach Susan, Wayne and Daniel
  • Outdoor Training : Group drill; location to be confirmed
  • Private Lesson : 30-minute; between sessions; Available upon prior arrangement
  • Beginners' Lesson : Small group and individual beginners' lessons to be conducted by Lower Hutt and Wellington South coaches on the venue.

SKIING PROGRAM (daily program to-be-finalized)

  • Beginners' Lesson : Small group and individual beginners' lessons to be conducted by Coach Dong and local resort coaches on the venue.
  • Intermediate's Training : Warm-up, Group drill, Small Group skiing, Individual skill advance skiing clinics with Coach Dong and local resort coaches
  • Private Lesson : 60-minute per session; Available upon prior arrangement

ENGLISH PROGRAM

  • FREE for all participated fencers; early enrollment is required
  • Daily Conversations with NZ English Qualified Teachers, Coach Susan
  • Fencing-related Topic Research & Presentation Workshop during lunch for participated fencers
  • Show & Tell Session after dinner for participated fencers.

SCHOOL VISIT & TOURING

Casual Visit to Wellington Primary School and Wellington High School, Wellington, New Zealand; National Park School, Ruapehu.

Tourist Spots in Wellington : Mount Victoria, Museum of New Zealand, Old St. Paul's, Hutt Valley, aka Harcourt Park, Kaitoke Regional Park ...

FEE SCHEDULE

USD3,900 for 10 days (All Costs + 10% Service Charge).

PRIVATE LESSON FEE

Private Lesson - NZD70 per 30-minute lesson, with your selected Coach; reserve with STEPIO earlier once completing pre-registration; subject to in-advance booking and availability.

COMPETITION FEE

  • NZD30 for each entry of Central U20 and Invitational Challenge
  • for each participant per category (individual or group or age)

COACH
  • Coach In-Charge : Coach Wayne
  • New Zealand Coach : Coach Susan and Coach Daniel
  • Support Coach : 2 assistant coaches from Low Hutt and Christchurch South Fencing Clubs.
  • Volunteer : for care-taking (volunteer parents), coaching (volunteer fencers), translation (Wellington High School students), referee (fencers & club coaches).

FENCER
Age : 8-20 years old
Gender : Male/Female
Weapon : Foil
Target No. of Fencers : 20 (10 from NZ)
Maximum No. of Fencers : 40 (20 from NZ)
Nationality : 10 NZers; 5 Chinese; 5 Other countries
Criteria : fencers to participate in full program (2 sessions per day for 5 days) should have higher priority.

OTHERS

Accommodation : Included, can be arranged for foreign fencers and local fencers from remoted areas; Wellington City Hotel and Ruapehu Resorts; rates to be confirmed (with and without breakfast).

Tavel Cost : Included; Local transport, to and from venues included; international flight round-trip included; subject to availability of seats.

Daily Meal : Included; Breakfast, lunch and dinner; others to be self-arranged

Potluck Dinner : Included; NZD20 per fencer; 24 August evening.

Souvenirs for Fencer : Included; Camp Sourvenirs and Prizes for Tournament;

Camp Completion Certificate : Included; In English; Co-issued by all clubs and STEPIO

Insurance : Included; Public Indemnity insurance is covered by the Event; Individual general travel insurance is included,

ORGANIZER

  • Coach Susan Grant-Taylor, Hutt Valley Swords Club
  • Coach Wayne Cui, Hutt Valley Swords Club
  • Coach Daniel Chen, Wellington South Fencing Club
  • Coach Richards, Mount Ruapehu Skiing Resort
  • Coach Dong, Beijing Yibu Club
  • Edward Pak, STEPIO Camps

Proposing New Pricing Model for Training Camp


New Pricing Model for STEPIO Camp

As athletes' parents ourselves, we have experienced and participated in many sports camps, including technique-learning camp, physical hardship camp, camp/clinic before tournament, camp combined with training & vacation, camp to meet celebrities, camp for making foreign friend and build relationship with the club, camp for learning new tactics and camp to learn from an inspirative coach, etc.

Most of those are effective and impressive with whom we got coached from and explored new spectrum of ideas. However, there is always a concern : PRICE!



Money Rules

How much camp fee is believed to be reasonable? What are the costs embedded? How much profit the organizer could make out of a camp?

Honestly, one of the reasons why there are not many quality camps out there is that the costs to employ a good coach at a nice venue with reasonable accommodation are usually too high and, most of the time, not profitable for an organizer to coordinate a camp -- or the camp fee would be too high for most of the parents to accept.

What's Wrong with The Existing Pricing Model

One of the reasons most of the camps are of high fees because of a critical component -- profit margin.

It is a business to organize a camp, making profit is a must. However, there is a dilemma : the more the athletes joining the camp, the more profit the organizer can make. Yet, on the same token, the quality of the camp would become lower while more athletes are joining, and less effective the athlete can learn from the camp.

Imagine you have the best coach ever in the camp and he has only 5 minutes with you because there are 99 others are queuing. Don't be surprised that it is usually the case if you have more than 50 participants in the camp.

Customers are no longer accepting a set price and paying without a question. This approach only happens based upon a closed market and the limited suppliers are of a competitive advantage on some of the costs that customers do not know about but they do. They then take that advantage and make a profit out of it. In Economics, it is called 'imperfect market'.

Nowadays, it no longer works this way -- customers can always check all prices anytime, anywhere they want and compare, right at their fingertips.

Jerry Mcguire Approach

In the movie 'Jerry Mcguire', Jerry, by Tom Cruise, was fired by the sports agency, SMI, because he admitted that the best way to do the agent business is 'less money, less client, more personal attention to clients and their families'.



It was obviously an opposite mission to SMI's objective, as to maximize profit. Jerry had no choice but left the agency to start his own business by himself,  dramatically with an accountant Dorthy Boyd who was inspired by what he believed.

Although Jerry was not really convinced by his own 'mission statement' at the beginning, the reward from 'less money, less client, more personal attention to clients & families' had not yet appeared until the miracle happened to his only client, a NFL player Rod.



It always takes time for good things to happen, and most people might have given up their own beliefs and got back to the conventional ways to compromise on what the crowd is doing.

Our Open Book Approach

Instead of following the crowd, like a traditional travel agency, we adopt the 'open book approach'.

Our customers no longer accept a price tag and then take hours to read the fine prints in order to understand what actually covers and what not -- and most of the time you have to 'experience' then you know the 'quality' of the tour, and usually it is too late.

If our customers do not agree on a price tag, we simply do not use it!

'Open Book' is a common pricing model for many large corporations to deal with their suppliers, especially on their outsourced services.

In the business world, large corporations requires crystal clear on viewing the perspective suppliers' costs in order to appoint a particular supplier to provide the service. It is not just about knowing your partner, but also the compliance on financial auditing and requirements on securities listings in major stock markets.

And suppliers are more than happy to tell the corporations how much they make and how they allocate resources to come up with the proposed plan to make things better, to improve the service in longer run.

Why not this applies to camp fee?

Advantages of STEPIO Pricing + Jerry's Approach


The concern on pricing of such 'camp service' is that customers (usually parents and athletes) do not know how much it costs to make a quality camp.

Without knowing the bottomline, customers are not comfortable on any prices they see, even it might already be the lowest possible fee to be charged.


STEPIO, as a non-NGO, is running a business for a profit (although as low as possible). We do not mind to tell you how costs are allocated and how much money we make out of a camp.

By having the view of our 'opened book', customers know exactly what they expect from the camp:

  • what quality of coach are they expecting? And his/her charge per hour?
  • what kind of food are they expecting for dinner? 
  • what star rating of the room they will stay throughout the camp?
  • what kind and condition of the venue are the athletes going to spend most of the day on?
  • what training supplies would be provided?
  • what kind of staff to be appointed to take care of the athletes? etc. etc.

Tom Cruise also said in the movie, 'I didn't say winning is cheap!'

Quality service usually comes with a proportional price tag.

What we believe is that once we open to our customers the bottomlines, customers are more than willing to pay what they see appropriate.

We might have 'less money' and 'less clients' but surely we can offer 'more personal care to clients' -- to offer 'personal attention to the clients and their families'.

Here is Our Pricing Tag

We charge ALL items AT COSTS, plus a 10% profit.

With this STEPIO Price Tag, you can :


  • join any sports activities like a local, i.e. never pay a 'tourist' price;
  • set your own budget, i.e. you go with a group of athletes with the similar concept on 'consumption';
  • choose your own style, i.e. if you do not like it, you are not forced to follow others; 
  • best value of money, i.e. you pay what you get;
  • lowest service charge, i.e. our 10% is more-than-enough to prove that we are not a 'shark-in-the-track-suits'.

Focusing On Quality, Not Maximizing Profit

With such STEPIO Price Tag, what it means is that we :

Focus on Quality but Nothing Else!

Coordinate the Best Possible Camp but No Second Best!

Athletes Always Get the Best Possible Training We Could Reach To!

What's Next?

We will try to adopt this pricing approach in our Wellington Fecncing + Ski Camp in August and see how this would change the game!

Here is the link to this camp!

Wellington Fencing & Ski Camp 2018

Hope we could not get into a breakdown, but a Breakthrough!