This week…. Epee Night and Beginners Course Starts

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THURSDAY 20TH FEB.

Yes! Fans of the big pointy sword rejoice, for EPEE NIGHT is back!

Epee Night gets the thumbs up!

Coach Lajos will be taking warm-up and will be available for individual lessons.  The other two lesser weapons can also be fenced as usual,  but there may not be a foil coach available.


BEGINNERS COURSE STARTING THIS WEEK!

Hot on the heels of our recent taster session, our next Beginners Course starts this week.

Please give our new members our usual warm welcome and offer to help out anyone that looks more confused than normal.

There are still a few places available – tickets and further details HERE

Beginners’ Course 20th Feb 2020

***Don’t forget – Members who refer a Beginner are eligible for a discount on their own membership***


SOME LOCAL COMPETITIONS COMING UP…

It’s the Eastern Region Senior Championship (& GB qualifier) on Sunday 8th MARCH.  

Venue now confirmed as Wodson Park Leisure Centre, Wadesmill Rd, Ware SG12 0UQ more details HERE

NEWSFLASH:  FOR 2020 ONLY, ‘RECREATIONAL’ BF MEMBERSHIP IS ACCEPTABLE FOR ENTRY

The HFA Senior County Championship is happening HERE IN ST ALBANS! on Sun.19th April – further details HERE

Please support these local competitions and get your entries in early to avoid disappointment.


See you at practice!

Love is… fencing

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THIS WEEK – THURS 13TH FEB.

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow so get fencing!

Next week is a busy one – we’ve got our AGM on Tuesday and Epee Night returns to its usual slot on Thursday.

We also have a new Beginners Course due to start – see below…


**REMINDER: SAVE THE DATE – SAFC AGM – Tues. 18.02.2020 @ 8pm**

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be on Tues. 18th Feb. @ 8pm

All are welcome to attend and have a say in the running of the club.  Members paying quarterly or monthly are entitled to vote.

The club doesn’t run itself and a surprising amount of work happens behind the scenes to make it all happen as smoothly as it does.  So we welcome any opportunities for people to get involved and help share the load.

8pm at the The King Harry pub, St Albans ( 2 King Harry Ln, St Albans AL3 4BL).  Food provided.

Please let us know if you are coming, so we can plan catering & seating accordingly; either let a committee member know, or go our Facebook page


NEXT BEGINNERS COURSE – 20TH FEB

Hot on the heels of last week’s taster session, our next Beginners Course is due to start next week, 20th Feb.

There are still places available – tickets and further details HERE

Beginners’ Course 20th Feb 2020

***Don’t forget – Members who refer a Beginner are eligible for a discount on their own membership***


SOME COMPETITIONS COMING UP…

 

The HFA Senior County Championship is happening here in St Albans on Sun.19th April – further details HERE

It’s the Eastern Region Senior Championship (& GB qualifier) on Sunday 8th May.  Venue now confirmed as Wodson Park Leisure Centre, Wadesmill Rd, Ware SG12 0UQ more details HERE

NEWSFLASH:  FOR 2020 ONLY, ‘RECREATIONAL’ BF MEMBERSHIP IS ACCEPTABLE FOR ENTRY


EXCALIBUR 2020

Herts clubs have also been invited to partcipate in Excalibur 2020 which is a six weapon event on the weekend of April 25th & 26th in Bath.  Please speak to a member of the committee if you’re interested in fencing.


See you at practice!

This week… get fencing!

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THIS WEEK – THURS 6TH FEB.

We welcome our former Beginners to the club as regular fencers!

We should also have some prospective new fencers along for a taster session (see below) so please give everyone our usual warm welcome.

After last week’s team relay competition, this week it’s just regular fencing so get going with those ladder league matches – the new league table is now live and online HERE

We’ll update match scores as we go and fencers can check their handicap and moan or rejoice accordingly.

Get some matches in!


**REMINDER: SAVE THE DATE – SAFC AGM – Tues. 18.02.2020 @ 8pm**

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be on Tues. 18th Feb. @ 8pm

All are welcome to attend and have a say in the running of the club.  Members paying quarterly or monthly are entitled to vote.

The club doesn’t run itself and a surprising amount of work happens behind the scenes to make it all happen as smoothly as it does.  So we welcome any opportunities for people to get involved and help share the load.

8pm at the The King Harry pub, St Albans ( 2 King Harry Ln, St Albans AL3 4BL).  Food provided.

Please let us know if you are coming, so we can plan catering & seating accordingly; either let a committee member know, or go our Facebook page


TASTER SESSION & BEGINNERS COURSE

Our next Taster Session is scheduled for 6th Feb, please help spread the word.  It’s only a tenner to try this wonderful sport and that cost is refundable against a Beginners Course – our next one is scheduled for end of Feb. (date TBC)

Don’t forget: members can qualify for a ‘refer a friend’ cashback on their own membership, too.


HOUSEKEEPING

A couple of important reminders:

Signing in – Please make sure you sign in on arrival, not ‘oh I’ll do it later’.   You can’t fence until you’re signed in.

Club equipment amnesty – Do any of you have any club kit or equipment in your fencing bag or lying around at home? Please have a look for wires, gloves, weapons, anything that belongs to the club.  No questions asked, please just bring them back and let Armourer Bird know.  He won’t bite (much).


And finally… just remember if anyone asks what you do:

See you at practice!

This week… Beginners Battle, AGM reminder and more…

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LET BATTLE COMMENCE!

It’s the last week of our Beginners Course and we celebrate in the usual way… letting them loose in a team relay competition!

A team relay match, yesterday 😁

The Beginners will be mixed in with  the more experienced fencers in a foil and/or epee comp, quick fire 2-3 mins on the piste and then onto the next fencers in a team relay format to 45pts.

It will be fast, furious and above all, fun!


CLUB LADDER LEAGUE IS NOW LIVE

The new league table is now live and online HERE

We’ve got some match scores to input but in the meantime fencers can check their handicap and moan or rejoice accordingly.  It’s the first time we’ve run handicaps in the league and the initial matches showed they were working well, but it’s early days and tweaks will be made as we go along.

Get some matches in!


**REMINDER: SAVE THE DATE – SAFC AGM – Tues. 18.02.2020 @ 8pm**

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be on Tues. 18th Feb. @ 8pm

All are welcome to attend and have a say in the running of the club.  Members paying quarterly or monthly are entitled to vote.

The club doesn’t run itself and a surprising amount of work happens behind the scenes to make it all happen as smoothly as it does.  So we welcome any opportunities for people to get involved and help share the load.

8pm at the The King Harry pub, St Albans ( 2 King Harry Ln, St Albans AL3 4BL).  Food provided.

Please let us know if you are coming, so we can plan catering & seating accordingly; either let a committee member know, or go our Facebook page


And finally…. fill in the missing letters, answers on a postcard to the usual address:

See you at practice…!

This week: Epee Night. Plus AGM and more….

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This week it’s EPEE NIGHT – our first one of the year – so here’s some inspiration!

Coach Lajos will be taking warm-up and will be available for individual lessons.  The other two lesser weapons can also be fenced as usual,  but there may not be a foil coach available.


>>SAVE THE DATE – SAFC AGM – Tues. 18.02.2020 @ 8pm<<

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be on Tues. 18th Feb. @ 8pm

All are welcome to attend and have a say in the running of the club.  Members paying quarterly or monthly are entitled to vote.

The club doesn’t run itself and a surprising amount of work happens behind the scenes to make it all happen as smoothly as it does.  So we welcome any opportunities for people to get involved and help share the load.

8pm at the The King Harry pub, St Albans ( 2 King Harry Ln, St Albans AL3 4BL).  Food provided.

Please let us know if you are coming, so we can plan catering & seating accordingly; either let a committee member know, or go our Facebook page


TASTER SESSION & BEGINNERS COURSE

Our next Taster Session is scheduled for 6th Feb, please help spread the word.  It’s only a tenner to try this wonderful sport and that cost is refundable against a Beginners Course – our next one is scheduled for end of Feb. (date TBC)

Don’t forget: members can qualify for a ‘refer a friend’ cashback on their own membership, too.


LEAGUE NEWS

Hot on the heels of our glorious victory in the 3 Counties League, the new match schedule for 2020 is out!  Our first match isn’t until the end of February but watch this space for further announcements nearer the time.

SAFC and a number of other clubs are also discussing a Sabre league, so if you’re interested in slashing your way to glory please speak to Richard who is coordinating for the club.

Don’t forget to get in some bouts in the club ladder league with the new handicap system.  You can only fence another person once, but in whichever weapon you want… as long as you both use the same!


COACHING COURSE 

Please see the following message from Hitchin and SAFC Coach Tony Middleton:

Dear All,

Following the success of our Level 1 Coach Education day last year, I am planning a Level 2/3 B.A.F coaching course for all weapons this spring.
We will also look at offering First Aid, Safeguarding and DBS checks as part of the package, so anyone who passes the exam would then be able to join the BF register with our assistance.  Please see the dates below.
Sunday 16th Feb
Sunday 1st March
Sunday 5th April
Sunday 3rd May
Sunday 17th May
Sunday 24th May
With regards to cost – it will depend on how many numbers we have. 
The more coaches, the cheaper it is for everyone, so could I please ask anyone who might be free or interested to let me know now, and then I can come back to everyone with a price. 
Look forward to hearing from you! best wishes,

Tony Middleton

Head Coach – HFC
Maître d’Escrime – British Academy of Fencing

Chairman of the Herts Fencing Association

www.hitchinfencing.com

If you are interested please contact Tony directly as he may not be at SAFC for the next couple of weeks.


SOME EXTERNAL COMPETITIONS COMING UP…

 

The HFA Senior County Championship is happening here in St Albans on Sun.19th April – further details HERE

It’s the Eastern Region Senior Championship (& GB qualifier) on Sunday 8th May.  Venue TBC, more details HERE


And finally… we had some issues with our e-sign-in last week, these should have been resolved so please ensure you sign in on arrival, not later: you must sign in before you fence.

See you at practice… here’s a handy fencing flowchart to cut out & keep: