Reading Fencing clubs is always active with competitions against ourseleves and other clubs in the region.
We have had an urgent resquest from Pentathlon GB about the National Tet Championships taking place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November.
The event is taking place at Bath University, Sports Training Village, Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY, Bath.
The organisers need around 6 fencing referees both days to help officiate.
All fencing referees will receive a full briefing from the fencing director upon arrival and will be provided with:
- £40 per person, per day for their time
- Reimbursement for any travel expenses incurred (in line with our volunteer expenses policy – attached)
- Free accommodation nearby (hotel) if they are travelling from a long distance to get to the event
- Refreshments including packed lunches on both day
The team would need the fencing referees on site from 07:30-18:00hrs on Saturday 6 November, and then from 07:30-14:00hrs on Sunday 7 November.
If you are able to help on either / both days please contact Victoria Clutterbuck at PGB.
Many of our members will know Prof. Pete Whiteside, who was a longtime coach at RFC through the 90s and 00s.
As Pete spent most of his military career at Arborfield Garrison, it seems fitting to hold the memorial service at St. Eligius Church, Arborfield Green, Reading, RG2 9NB.
The service will be held on Thursday 4 November at 11am.
Linda is unable to send personal invitations due to time restraints, but if you would like to come please RSVP by sending us an email or send Alain a text so we can let Linda know. We hope to see you there!
There are a number of disruptions to our activities over the following weeks. Please see below and remember that the homepage shows this coming and next week’s planned activities.
- This coming Monday (4th) - no junior class from 6:30pm due to parents evening, however, the Club will be open as usual from 7:30pm;
- We are also closed next Wednesday (6th);
- Monday 11th - slight delay to junior session getting underway, but we’ll run the class as soon as we can and then the Club will be open as usual from 7:30pm
- Monday 8th - slight delay to junior session getting underway, but we’ll run the class as soon as we can and then the Club will be open as usual from 7:30pm;
- Monday 15th - slight delay to junior session;
- Wednesday 24th - session cancelled;
- Monday 29th - session cancelled.
December - Wednesday 1st - session cancelled.
Our Monday classes are now open to all members aged under 18. They are FREE OF CHARGE to members.
As a reminder, the lessons are run by Virgile from 6:30 till 8pm; they include a warm-up, footwork session, technical session and then on-piste coaching.
These are a brilliant opportunity for some structured coaching and development, in addition to our group sessions on Wednesday that run from 7:30-8:30pm.
From next week the Club will be open earlier on Monday evenings – from 6:30pm – to cater specifically for our younger members that are 9-13 years old. These sessions will be coached by Virgile who has been running our very popular group sessions on Wednesdays.
The Monday classes for juniors are a great opportunity for some additional coaching, with a warm-up and footwork session followed by a technical lesson – lasting approximately an hour – before supervised fencing on the electrical equipment.
Our first evening will be this coming Monday, 6 September; the sessions are free for members and will run on a trial basis until just before the Christmas holidays so please make the most of it and come along!
The interest in our beginner courses has continued to be strong, and we are finally in a position to announce the details of both our September and January classes.
Our beginner course consists of 10 lessons - 1 taster session, 8 regular lessons and then 1 competition (fighting for sweets!) at the end.
To register for a course each person will need to have submitted a Membership Form and the appropriate fee - details of these are below. If after the first lesson you do not wish to continue for whatever reason, we will refund your payment.
The Membership Form can be completed online - click here. The course fee is £100 and there is a discount for bookings of more than 1 person - £180 for 2, £250 for 3 and £300 for 4 - and details on how to pay can be found here.
Places are limited to 24 beginners per course, and due to the significant number of people on our waiting list we will be running two courses concurrently: the first session (aimed at 9-14 year olds) will run from 6:30pm till 8pm and the second session (aimed at 14+ and adults) will be 8:15 till 9:45pm.
Dates for our September course are as follows: 6 September 13 September 20 September 27 September 4 October 11 October 18 October 25 October 1 November (Hall unavailable on 8 November) 15 November
Please note that all lessons are on Monday evenings and whilst we obviously would prefer beginners to attend every lesson, if you do miss an evening then 1 of our coaches will be able to catch-you up during the warm-up of the following session.
What You Need to Do
We are operating on a first-come, first-served basis. To book your place you will need to do the following:
1) Complete a Membership Form
2) Arrange payment
3) Email us to confirm you’ve done these and let us know which class you would like to attend, 6:30-8pm or 8:15-9:45pm, or if you have no preference.
We’ll then confirm your place and a few days before the course starts send final details of what to bring, what to wear, etc.
If you don’t manage to book a place for September, don’t worry! We’ll be running three courses a year - January, Easter and April - so get in touch and we will reserve your spot.
We are allowed back indoors to play! This evening (7 July) is our first indoor session since March ‘20. The calendar will be updated soon but we are essentially back to normal with the exception of a few adjustments for Covid.
Please do familiarise yourself with Paul’s walkthrough of what to expect if you haven’t already.
Remember to bring your own sanitiser, come ready-changed, and stay at home if you feel unwell!
A week and a bit ago I asked you to remember to bring extra water to the footwork session due to the heat and humidity… this week, bring a cagoule!
We won’t be doing any sparring afterwards, however, if footballers and rugby players train in the rain, then so can we so the first hour of this evening’s session will go ahead as planned starting just after 7pm this evening. Please make sure you are dressed appropriately (waterproofs optional!) and make sure to fill out the Google Form in advance.
See some of you later, and let’s hope for nicer weather next week!
Virgile has an online system which allows our members to book a 1:1 lesson with him in advance.
His lessons are £12 for c.20 minutes and you can pay either at the time of booking or on the night. Click here to view the booking system; the link will be included in each calendar event.
Our calendar has been updated for the remaining outdoor sessions, taking place on 14, 21, 28 June and 5 July - before we look forward to resuming indoors on 7 July.
For these indoor sessions please book in advance via the calendar. This will be accessible by the front page (below where you’re reading this) but you can see all the calendar entries here.