Update – U18 Fencing Sessions resume 28th April 2021

UPDATE FROM EDINBURGH LEISURE REGARDING U18 RESTART

Unfortunately we have just received word from Edinburgh Leisure that Hall availability at St Thomas’ will be affected by the Formal Assessments and Exams taking place over the next few months. Therefore the start date for our return to fencing for U18’s has had to be amended.

Please be aware that our first session back will now be the Cadet Foil and Sabre Class at 18:15-19:45, on be Wednesday 28th April, and the U18 Open Session originally scheduled for Tuesday 27th, will now be happening on Thursday 29th April at 19:30-21:00.

There will also be further interruption meaning the 10 week period between 28th April and 30 June will have a three week break to accommodate Final Exams. Therefore sessions will now only run on the following dates,

  • Wednesday 28th April Foil & Sabre Cadet Classes
    Thursday 29th April U18 Open Session
  • Tuesday 4th May U18 Open Session
    Wednesday 5th May Foil & Sabre Cadet Classes
  • Tuesday 11th May U18 Open Session
    Wednesday 12th May Foil & Sabre Cadet Classes

– Three week break from Fencing –

  • Tuesday 8th June U18 Open Session
    Wednesday 9th June Foil & Sabre Cadet Classes
  • Tuesday 15th June U18 Open Session
    Wednesday 16th June Foil & Sabre Cadet Classes
  • Tuesday 22nd June U18 Open Session
    Wednesday 23rd June Foil & Sabre Cadet Classes
  • Tuesday 29th June U18 Open Session
    Wednesday 30th June Foil & Sabre Cadet Classes

Details about booking and payment were sent via email, please check your inboxes, or get in touch with membership@edinburghfencingclub.co.uk

We are hoping for the restrictions to ease further over the coming weeks. Once Edinburgh reaches Level 0 – hopefully in June – we can invite our much missed 18+ fencers back into the hall too!

Don’t miss the last two fencing sessions of 2020

To all our U18 Fencers

Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December are the final sessions of 2020 before we take a break for Christmas. Sessions will resume in January 2021 subject to any Covid restrictions which may be in place, so keep a watch on your email inbox, Facebook or our new look Website for updates.

Bookings for the above two sessions are now open and accessed via the usual link. Due to restrictions placed on us by Scottish Fencing, all fencers must book their attendance in advance via the booking system.


We are back in the hall!

We are very please to say that the U18 fencers are back in the hall for their first sessions in eight months time. Seven foilists and two sabreurs enjoyed a 90 minute Open Fencing Session on the box last night. Our Foil and Sabre Cadet Class will resume tonight too.

All U18 members please check your emails for upcoming invitations to book a session on 1./2., 8./9. and 15./16. December.

Limited weekly sessions for U18s resuming soon

We are very pleased to be able to announce that keeping within Government and Scottish Fencing Guidelines, EFC are working towards reopening for our U18 Annual Members on 24th and 25th of November. Full details of the U18 sessions we will be offering, and how to reserve a place, will be sent via email once we finalise our plans and receive risk assessment approval from Scottish Fencing.

We are limited to only opening on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to begin with. Don McKenzie and Naomi Farmer will return to run our Wednesday Cadet Foil and Sabre Classes, all session start and end times will need to be adjusted to allow for cleaning and set-up/take-down, there will be restrictions on numbers to allow for social distancing, and fencers will need to book their place in advance. Although our Kit policy is that owning at least Basic Kit (Glove, Breeches and Mask) is now compulsory, we appreciate that current circumstances may make this prohibitive for some of our young fencers to return to the club. Therefore we are introducing a new Club Kit Deposit Scheme, where certain items can be borrowed for a set period, by paying a refundable deposit. It is still mandatory for everyone to own their own glove, and we will advise on the best option for you.
Our Armourer Martin can take orders for free delivery to the club, and 10% discount on Allstar and Uhlmann branded items (other suppliers and brands are available).

So, watch out club members, for email updates!

EFC U18 Members – British Fencing Membership Renewal Reminder

Please check your British Fencing Membership! If your membership expired since lockdown, please renew it before joining club sessions again.

We are planning to restart fencing for pre-lockdown EFC U18 members from the week 24th/25th November (more information to follow). Only members with an up-to-date British Fencing Membership will be allowed fencing within the club. 

Information about the different membership models can be found here: https://www.britishfencing.com/members/membership-info/membership-types/ If you have any questions, please contact our membership secretary membership@edinburghfencingclub.co.uk

(For the coming months no fencing competitions are scheduled, therefore the Recreational Membereship is sufficient for a start, which can be upgraded to a Compete Membership anytime competitions start appearing.)

Return to Fencing – for now for U18 only

We are pleased to announce, that fencing for U18 EFC club members will restart very soon:

Safe the date: We are working towards reopening on a limited basis for our existing U18 full monthly members from 24th of November. Further details to follow.

Over the last weeks we have been keeping a close eye on the Scottish Government, SportScotland, and Scottish Fencing guidelines. With last week’s announcement of the new 5-tier-system in Scotland (Edinburgh is level 3) and yesterday’s Scottish Fencing guidelines published we are finally in a position to restart fencing, at least for U18 fencers. 

The key points in the Scottish Fencing guidelines are as follows (details and full guidelines see here: https://www.scottish-fencing.com/news)

  • Fencing (indoor) for U18 can happen up to and including Level 3. This includes sparring and other forms of training done within the age groups although all adults are required to distance therefore no traditional lessons can happen but coaching from a distance is fine.
  • Fencing (indoor) for adults is only permitted at Level 0. From Level 1 upwards all adults not in the same household must distance as per the usual requirements (2 metres)

While it is great news for U18 fencers, we are sorry to hear that adult fencers will have to wait longer.

The committee is now working on getting their existing U18 members back into the hall. We will get in touch soon with the details.

Update 26 June: EFC Remains Closed

EFC Remains Closed Until Further Notice

Today marks the end of term for many Edinburgh schools which would normally also mean a move to our summer timetable, and the Wednesday Cadet classes taking their annual summer break. As we operate out of a school our Let is managed by Edinburgh Leisure. Unfortunately to date, we have not had any indication from Edinburgh Leisure or the City of Edinburgh Council of when we may be able to expect School Lets to resume.

We don’t anticipate School Lets will resume before Phase 3 and the start of the new school term in August. As there is still some uncertainty regarding the level of restrictions which may need to be in place for schools in the new session, we are mindful that there may be a need for further delays to the resumption of School Lets.

Please know that we are very keen to get you all back fencing as soon as School Lets resume, and it is safe to do so. When we do have any information from Edinburgh Leisure, we hope to pass it along. In the meantime, for full information on Phase 2 restrictions relating specifically to fencing, please see  the latest Scottish Fencing guidance document.

Just a reminder that it is a club requirement that all fencers must now own at least basic kit (consisting of a well fitting Glove, Breeches and Mask); with an expectation that this will extend to each fencer owning full kit in due course. We would therefore urge you all to consider acquiring any personal kit you may be lacking, in time for when the club is able to reopen.

Stay healthy, stay safe and we hope to be able to resume club sessions in the not too distant future.

The Committee
Edinburgh Fencing Club