The organisers really need to look at how this was organised.
The fencers arrived before the organisers or even before the sports centre was open.
Check-in didn't open until 15 mins before it was due to close
First round of poules started 45 mins after check-in closed.
Over an hour an half between first and second round poules. (Second round started at midday, check-in closed at 9 a.m.)! The reason given - there were some queries in relation to the first round. Question: why weren't they resolved in the previous hour and half.
We were able to listen to Chelsea v Man Utd and watch Scotland v Ireland rugby. It would have better if the kids had been fencing instead....
Other groups started later, with more fencers, and finished well before the U11.
The presentation ceremony was the last (with the U13 boys) and we left at 4.50p.m..
All this for 11 entries of kids aged between 9 and 11.
Oh, and the refereeing was fine on priority etc. - normal differences of opinion but overall of a high standard. However, they failed to take any action against kids covering (about 3 or 4 consistent offenders) or corps-a-corps. I even saw one kid cover and grab his opponents foil. And what did the referee do? Yep, absolutely nothing. They even failed to do anything when a fencer took his mask off during the fight (literally). This really isn't good enough.
I won't make the same mistake and go to this competition again.