Reading Fencing clubs is always active with competitions against ourseleves and other clubs in the region.
The BB&O County Championships for age groups (U12/U14/U16/U18) and seniors at epee and sabre take place on Sunday 5th November at Langley Grammar School in Langley. Closing date for entries is 1st November, with entries needing to be made via the BF online portal.
Well done Gabi Smyth who won the Bedford open today!
We have sent a few email notices but in case you're not already aware there is a junior team competition taking place this Sunday, 8 October, in Swindon. Full details can be found here. There are teams for Under 14 and Under 18 épée. If you're interested in attending please email us ASAP. Also, Southern are looking for referees for the event. They will pay per diem / a bottle of wine so if you are able to referee please contact them via the link above.
A reminder for those of you who have not noticed a couple of dates in the calendar when the club will be closed as the sports hall is unavailable. The dates are Monday 9th October and Monday 20th November.
A club match will be held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) on Wednesday 29th November. The relay team format will be used. This match is only open to intermediate fencers, i.e. less than 2 years experience. Fencing will start at 7.45pm. If you are interested, please let us know by emailing the club or speaking to Phil by no later than Tuesday 22nd November. IMPORTANT NOTE - the match will of course be held on a military base. For security purposes, you will need to bring photo ID with you, plus (if you are driving there) give me a note of your car registration number, plus the make, model and colour details. I will need to give a full names and car registration details for those coming to RMAS no later than a week in advance of the match, so if you do not do this in time you cannot fence. You will need to enter the base via the Staff College Gate (GU15 4NP), which is on the A30 London Road, opposite a Premier Inn. Phil can provide you with a map showing directions from the entrance to where we will be parking, in the Old College HQ car park, from where Officer Cadets will meet you and escort us to the nearby venue.
There will be U14 and U18 team epee events held on Sunday 8th October in Swindon. As always, RFC will cover the cost of entry fees, but if you are interested then you need to let the club know ASAP and pay a £10 deposit. The deposit will be refunded provided you turn up and fence. The closing date for expressing your interest AND paying the deposit is Wednesday 27th September. The latest check-in times will be confirmed nearer to the competition by the organisers. The venue is Play Football Arena, Unit 29, Bramble Road, Kembrey Park, Swindon, SN2 8HB.
Well done Gregor MacLeod, Gabi Smythe and Alain Barbasiewicz who won the Junior, Ladies, and Men's trophies respectively in this years club competition.
Gregor also won the prize in the club competition this month Full results can be found here.
A small Leon Paul mask was left at the club last Wednesday. If it's yours, please let us know by either emailing RFC or speaking to a committee member.
We will be holding our 2017 AGM on Wednesday 19 July. The agenda and appendices can be found here. As in previous years we will start as soon after 1930hrs as possible with food and refreshments available, and then fencing as normal as soon as the meeting has finished. Nominations to join the committee are welcome – either by email beforehand or indeed in person on the night. As a reminder, the list of all positions is as follows: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Club Captain, Junior Rep / Welfare Officer (x2) and Ordinary Member (x4).