News

Wishing You a Happy 2021!

Dear EFC Fencers

As we move ever closer to 2021 thoughts are filled with hope and optimism for better times to come.

Although 2021 will begin in Lockdown the continued roll out of the vaccine gives us all hope that there will be better times ahead. Things may not be quite what they were pre Covid, but we are ever optimistic that soon we will be able to welcome you all back to fencing with us again.

It was so great to have some of our U18 members back at the club enjoying four weeks of Tuesday Open Sessions and Wednesday Cadet Classes before the Christmas Break, and we anticipate that these sessions will resume again in early February. With all being well but of course subject to Government and Sport Governing Body regulations, we look forward to the time when we can also welcome back adults to indoor contact sport… hopefully not too long after!

To cope with the new rules and regulations a lot of very hard work has gone on behind the scenes and inevitably there have been some changes to the way we now operate. For NHS T&P purposes all sessions must be booked in advance and a Health Declaration made, due to social distancing our session numbers and room capacity has been limited, and with greater emphasis being put on the health and safety of using shared equipment the rules surrounding the need to own your own kit have tightened. To assist with this in particular we have introduced a Kit Deposit Scheme to enable those who haven’t yet acquired their own kit to still be able to participate safely. Further details including our ‘Fencer Guidance’ document can be found on the Covid-19 Info page of our new look EFC website. Links to the booking system and Kit Deposit Scheme will be emailed out when we have confirmed restart dates for next year.

Thank you for all the kind words and good wishes over the last few difficult months… You have all been missed, and our coaches and volunteers are desperate to have you all back fencing again! Sincere wishes to you all for a very Happy and Healthy 2021.

Kind regards,
The Committee
Edinburgh Fencing Club

Christmas Closure

We wish all EFC fencers and their families a happy Christmas and all the best for the new year. Stay well and active.

We had planned to re-start fencing for our U18 fencers in the new year on the 19th of January – once the prelims annually sit in the gym hall have finished. But with all parts of Scottish Mainland being put into tier 4 from 26th December, and therefore indoor sports being prohibited, we don’t yet know when we will be able to fence again. We will keep you updated via our website, Facebook and emails.

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.