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Lockdown 3

Dear Club Members & parents,

On behalf of the committee, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New year and I do hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Christmas and that you are all well.

I am writing to inform you that following on from the Government announcement of Bath moving into tier 5 and becoming part of a national lockdown we will not be looking to restart the club this side of half term.  Both Tim & I will monitor the situation over the coming weeks and months and plan a restart when we can.  But until we are given the go-ahead from both British Fencing and the University we must bide our time and be patient.

We have been assured by Bath University that once we are ready we will be permitted back into Founders Hall.  We are fine-tuning our track & trace system which will be published when we know we are returning.

In the meantime, Tim Miles and our coaches have been publishing videos for fencers to keep up with fitness and training which can be found   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXGU142niIi43iHITm9paYA

During the autumn Bath Sword Club was successful in obtaining a £500 grant from Local Giving for additional club equipment, which we hope to use during 2021.

I hope you all remain safe in the meantime.

BSC Chairman

Maintain your link with the club with this temporary membership category

Dear Members

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your continued support throughout the Covid-19 epidemic and offer you a reduced monthly membership (a Covid-19 rate*) of £10 per month. The Committee have unanimously agreed to offer this reduction following a meeting to discuss the proposal of a discounted rate made by a member at the AGM on 26 November 2020.

As you are all aware, we are unable offer any fencing for at least the next few months so we cannot expect you to continue paying the full membership fee. So, to those of you who are either paying the full amount or have cancelled/suspended your membership, we do hope you will consider paying the £10 per month Covid-19 rate* while the Club remains closed.

We all want to see Bath Sword Club open again with as many of our existing fencers as possible so please do consider this option of supporting your Club.

Bath Sword Club Committee

December 2020

*this offer only applies while Bath Sword Club is unable to offer fencing

There will be no further fencing at Freshford or at Ralph Allen in November.

 
If the landscape allows it, we will try and pick up where we left off in December, but I must stress we will try this only if it is possible.  We have held our booking at Ralph Allen for December (5th, 12th & 19th) and if we are able to run these sessions we will.  Emails will be sent out confirming this nearer the times.
 
Frustratingly we were given the green light to restart social distancing at Bath University this week, but this will now not take place.  Hopefully when we are out the other side of the lockdown we will be able to pick up where we left off.  Naturally this is depending on national restrictions being lifted, British Fencing giving us the go ahead and the University accepting our new risk assessment.
 
Memberships:  If you wish to suspend your memberships, which many of you may feel the need to, we understand your decision to do so.  Please note only you can control the standing orders as the club can not stop them. 
 

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 likeCoaching 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. 

Partnerships

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…

British Fencing Talent Development
British Veterans Fencing Association
sportEngland
Sport England Active Lives
Team Bath Talent Development Centre
South West Fencing
South West Fencing Regional Hub