Scottish Fencing elections: register to vote by 22 February

While fencing itself may be on hold at the moment while we’re in lockdown, the Scottish Fencing elections are being held at the start of March. This is your chance to have your say about the direction of our sport over the next four years, so we’d encourage you to make sure that you’re eligible to vote. This is especially important giving the current challenges that our sport is facing as a result of the pandemic. 

To be eligible to vote, you must be aged 16+ and a member of Scottish Fencing on Monday 22 February (excludes members on the free introduction to fencing tier). For fencers aged under 16, there is unfortunately no transferable vote that can be used by someone over 16 in your household – but parents and carers can still have their say by signing up for a Supporter membership. 

Even if you know you are a current member, please take a moment to login to Sport80 and check that your registered email address is one you currently use and that you are receiving emails from Scottish Fencing (if not, add to your safe senders list). 

As a club, we’re endorsing Stan Stoodley in his bid to become President. Not only is Stan one of our coaches, he’s also coached with Scottish Fencing on the Pathways Squad and at the Junior and Cadet Commonwealths, delivered Scotland Fencing’s innovative coach education programme and been a part of Project Forte, a Changing Lives Through Sport initiative. Stan has recently completed a qualification from the FIE in foil coaching and gained a Certificate in Psychology for High Performance Sports from the Barca Innovation Hub.

We believe that Stan’s values-led approach, deep knowledge of effective leadership and organisational culture, commitment to diversity and understanding of the issues facing fencers and fencing in Scotland will benefit all current and future members of our sport. Read more in Stan’s statement here: (pdf). 

Don’t forget: you need to be a member of Scottish Fencing by Monday 22nd to vote! Sign up here: 

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!