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Calling All Juniors

Wed 2 October 2019

Age Group Team Competition - 20th October - in Swindon

All teams are of 3 fencers (can be four - to swap one in for a whole match). They can be boys and or girls or mixed.

There are 2 age groups: U18s – those who are 14-17 on 31 Dec 2019, using size 5 epees U14s - those who are 11-13 on 31 Dec 2019 using size 2 epees

Eda Onay is already interested in the U18 event but it would be great to have teams in both categories; the Club will pay the entry fee.

If you’re interested then please email us ASAP - entry closes 11 October.

September club competition results

Sun 15 September 2019

Congratulations Steve Bateman who wins the prize in this months club competition. The full results can be found here.

2018-19 club competition final results

Mon 2 September 2019

The final results of the 2018-19 club competition were announced at the AGM.

This year the highest placed junior was Lewie Jackson with James Radford coming second. Gabi Smyth was the top ranked woman and Eda Onay came second. The highest placed man was Phil Barbasiewicz closely followed by Steve Bateman.

Full results can be found here.

July’s prize was won by Mark Wilcocks.

University of Herts Research Study (Hitting People in the Name of Science!)

Mon 22 July 2019

Following on from the notice last week regarding the University of Hertfordshire’s research study, we now have the dates of their visits confirmed.

As a reminder the research study is “examining the effectiveness of a cooling intervention on fencing performance and recovery of body temperature between fights”.

They are looking for participants who are épéeists, aged 18-50; this is a unique opportunity for those eligible, with the added bonus of no additional travel.

The PhD student running the study – Luke Oates – will be attending several of our training sessions, and will be able to test 2-4 people on each evening.

What do you need to do? • 3 testing sessions, with a different cooling intervention each time • Baseline measures taken • Consume a core temperature pill, wear a heartrate monitor and skin temperature themistors. Small blood samples will be taken from fingertip • Cognitive tests (approx. 10-15mins) to assess mental elements of fencing • Warm-up and footwork drills to simulate poule • 3x D.E. fights per sessions with a 15 minute break to apply cooling intervention

As mentioned participants will need to take part in THREE sessions and there are a number of visits planned: • Wednesday 31 July • Monday 5 August • Wednesday 7 August • Wednesday 14 August • Monday 19 August • Wednesday 21 August • Wednesday 28 August • Monday 2 September • Wednesday 11 September • Wednesday 18 September • Wednesday 25 September

These dates have also been added to the website calendar.

Remember, only 2-4 fencers can be tested on any given night – e.g. if 10 sign up for one of the sessions Luke will only be able to test 4 of them.

**To assist with scheduling please contact email HertsUni to contact Luke, who is running the study, to indicate which 3 or more of the above dates you can attend. **

Finally, in return for allowing Herts Uni to run the testing at the Club the researcher - who’s background is as a physiologist and performance analyst - has offered to run any Sports Science-related workshops we might want – e.g. recovery, nutrition, performance analysis, training/fitness etc. If this is of interest then please let us know!!

This is a great opportunity so we hope that those eligible make the most of it


Thu 18 July 2019

We are pleased to announce that, from September, Ian Briggs from PBT UK will be visiting the Club on the first Wednesday of the month.

The Club has a longstanding relationship with PBT and all our members enjoy a 10% discount on telephone/internet orders and 15% in-store.

This new arrangement will allow you to buy your fencing equipment on your regular visits to the Club, without the need to travel or indeed pay postage… and get a 15% discount to boot.

Obviously Ian will have a finite amount of storage capacity when he visits, therefore we suggest you email or telephone him at least 24 hours in advance to let him know what you would like.

We will add Ian’s visits – as well as the reminders – on the calendar.

His first visit will be 4 September so we look forward to seeing him then.


Mon 15 July 2019

Just a quick reminder that our 2019 AGM will be held this coming Wednesday, 19 June; as normal we will start at c.1945hrs and as soon as the meeting is finished carry on the evening as usual.

The agenda and appendices can be found here.

Please bring your own copy / access on your smartphone.

Team Event - Chichester Open

Tue 9 July 2019

We have two members interested in doing the team event at the Chichester Open at the end of the month but they need one more.

If you’re interested please speak to Okan or Eda Onay at the Club, or drop us an email.

June club competition

Sat 29 June 2019

Congratulations Simon Readman who wins the prize in this months club competition. The full results can be found here.

With only one month to go the competition for this years winner is tight with Phil B on 96 victories and Steve B on 94.


Fri 14 June 2019

RFC’s 2019 AGM will be held on Wednesday 17th July, starting at 1930. Normal fencing will resume after the AGM has ended.

There will be elections held for the various club positions and you can submit your nomination forms in advance, or even put yourself forward on the night.

University of Herts Study

Thu 6 June 2019

The University of Hertfordshire are looking to recruit fencers for a research study this summer. The main aim of the study is whether cooling interventions between DE fights can improve/maintain fencing performance.

The study would require 3 visits to the university of Hertfordshire’s Human Performance Testing Centre.

They are looking for: Male epee fencers aged between 18-50.

For taking part in the research fencers will receive £20 in Amazon Vouchers upon completing all 3 trials, and the uni will enter everyone into a prize draw to win one of the cooling vests at the end of the study (worth £60).

From taking part the fencers will: - Identify a cooling intervention that can benefit performance during competition. - Gain physiological data about fencing performance in the laboratory. - Take part in a novel research in fencing to enhance our understanding of improving fencing performance.

If you have any questions you are welcome to contact one of the PhD students on or 07739465867.

The UH ethics protocol number is aLMS/PGR/UH/03617(1)