11 October 2020
As you may recall the Club’s venue, Reading Blue Coat School, remains closed to external hires until the end of October half term at the very earliest.
Meanwhile fencing has resumed in less than half of clubs across the country – unfortunately with some in the other half folding altogether. For Clubs that have re-opened there are strict restrictions in place in a number of areas of operation including social distancing, group sizes of no more than six, track and trace, the use of... [read more]
9 July 2020
We have recently been informed that the sports hall at Reading Blue Coats School will be unavailable for hire during the summer period.
Unfortunately the Club will therefore not reconvene until September at the earliest; we are keeping abreast of British Fencing’s guidance on resuming activities and will revisit this as summer nears its end and communicate with members again nearer the time - hopefully with better news!
We are conscious that this remains a difficult time... [read more]
6 July 2020
We are waiting to hear from Reading Blue Coat School as to when the hall will be available for us to hire again and, in the meantime, the Club committee is working to ensure that everything is in place when the time does come.
In the meantime, usually we hold our Annual General Meeting in mid-June but clearly events have meant that this has not been possible. Therefore we would like to notify you that we will be holding the meeting virtually, via Zoom, at 7:30pm on Wednesday 29 July.... [read more]
30 June 2020
Whilst sports halls remain closed many clubs are gearing up to reopening as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
As such we would like to gauge what our members’ appetites are in terms of returning and any potential concerns about doing so.
If you have a few minutes please do this via the Google Form - click here.
15 April 2020
We are sad to report that Peter Whiteside - who used to coach at RFC for many years as some will know - passed away yesterday.
He had been unwell for some time, unfortunately he recently contracted Covid-19 and it was to be his last battle. Those of you who will have known Pete would know he made an important contribution to RFC, without whom, the club would not be what it is now.
RIP Pete, our condolences go out to his family.
Our beginners course is open to people of all ages from 9 upwards. It is a structured set of 8 lessons over 8 weeks that will finish with taking the internationally recognised Grade 1 Épée Assessment.
The immediately course specially designed by our international Olympic fencers and runs over 5 weeks. It delivers more advanced techniques ranging from tactics to sports psychology. It will put you in perfect shape for joining the club as a fun member. Training does not finish there, one-to-one training with our dedicated coaches is available.
The club meets twice a week all year round at Blue Coats School in Reading.
Wednesday is the main club night with around 12 pistes for adults and 2 pistes for juniors. One-to-one lessons are available with our dedicated coaches. We are also connected to PBT and other fencing businesses which provided discounted equipment.
Once a month our club runs a competition so you can see how you are improving. The club regularly attends a variety of junior and senior level competitions around the country.
It is no co-incidence that Reading Fencing club is the best in the region. Our club of 100 members is run by ex-international fencers of all ages.
"Fencing is an excellent sport to improve lower body strength and speed, as well as hand-eye coordination, Fencing also develops agility and flexibility and is probably most similar to many of the martial arts in terms of the collection of skills it requires." Jason Rogers, Olympic Silver Medalist