Important Club Announcements
Bath Sword Club is Re-opening
Flexibility Session for 6th May
- We are open for juniors (booking only please) from Monday 12th 6:45pm-8:15pm
- Face masks must be worn in Founders unless actually fencing
- We apologise we can’t allow parents or guardians to wait or spectate at Founders (During Covid 19 Restrictions)*only those parents that require to pay for kit leasing
- Bath Sword Club Normal Operating procedure & Risk Assessment found in the Covid Section of our website.
Dear All Club Members and Parents of Bath Sword Club,
As I write I do hope everyone is safe and well. It has been a long time since we were last together and I am now finally pleased to announce that the Club will be looking to restart very soon.
If we follow the route map that the government has set out we are hoping to reopen fencing for all under 18 BSC members from Monday 12th April 2021 (6:45pm – 8:15pm) on both Mondays and Thursdays at Founders Hall. We hope to reopen to all fencers from 17th May 2020. We have provisionally booked the entire Founders Hall for the first 4 weeks (from April 12th) for two 90 minute sessions a week running from 6:45pm to 8:15pm. We felt booking the entire hall was the safest and best option to do. We expect we will be still under Covid-19 restrictions which will limit the number of bodies the hall can host, with the entire hall this is 48 and with ½ the hall 24 (please note this includes coaches and administrators).
All 3 weapon groups will fence in groups of 6 for each session. Unlike how we operated in the Autumn 2020 this invitation to fence is now open to all under 18 year old members however club kit will not be available on the night due to Covid restrictions. Club members who require kit will be able to lease from the club for a deposit price of £50. Members will be expected to take the kit home, wash and take care of it and bring it to each session. This will exclude weapons which will be available on the night. Please let us know in advance the kit you are looking to borrow, pay your deposit, (payable to the club PayPal account (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/BathSwordClub) and get in touch with us at (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding the kit you need.
All fencers wishing to attend will need to review the BSC Covid 19 rules Covid Rules – The UK’s biggest fencing club (bathswordclub.co.uk). Due to restrictions on numbers fencers will need to book sessions in advance. We will be using the Eventbrite Eventbrite – Log In or Sign Up website to coordinate this. You can either browse the events to find Bath Sword Club or use the link sent to you by email. The initial system is set up to allow people to register in groups of 6, however these are notional groups and the coaches will arrange the sessions on the evening.
We appreciate that whilst there may be challenges in getting to grips with these new rules for all of us, we do hope to see you back fencing soon.
In other news we are sad to announce that Mike Cleary has now left the club. Mike has been a member of the club as a fencer since 2002 and a coach with us for 10 years. Not only did he coach foil and epee, he was a valuable member of the club committee for many years and he will be missed by many fencers, parents and coaches alike. On behalf of the club and committee we wish him well on his continuous coaching venture in Bristol and I am sure many of us will catch up with him in future events.
Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website as we get closer to reopening.
Bath University Covid Assessments and Procedures
The Covid risk assessments and procedures produced by Bath University have been added to our web site here
Bath Sword Club, established in 1948 has been a part of the local community for the last 70 years. The club encourages fencers of all abilities and ambitions, and prides itself on its inclusive and friendly atmosphere. We enjoy fencing and promoting all 3 weapons and have a senior club member as a mentor in each weapon to help new members participate in club nights and competitions as they like. Coaching is provided by professional, qualified coaches.
Bath Sword Club is a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) run by a Committee of volunteers. We employ highly qualified professional coaches catering for all levels, from beginners to potential Olympians and from juniors beginning their journiney in fencing to veteran fencers (some of whom are also begninning their journey into fencing!). Our youngest member is 8 and our oldest member still regularly competing is in his 70s.
Our club members have a wide range of ability, from those just beginning fencing to those competing at international and world championship level. All are welcome and catered for, fencing is a fantastic sport to engage children and adults alike. Our motto is
LEARN, TRAIN, COMPETE – FENCE
The club has a tradition of hosting innovative events for the fencing community – the populur Excalibur competition – an annual inter -county competition. Hosting BYC events and this this year introducing a junior Excalibur competition the UK’s only inter-county competition for juniors.
We link with all sorts of organisations to provide programs to include more fencers at a grass roots level and to progress more experienced fencers to be the best they can be…