News Date: 23/03/2018
The Under 18 Foil and Epee Club Championships were held recently – reports and photos on the website.
Keep an eye on the website calendar, but we plan to carry on the fencing sessions over the school holidays.
Following our last meeting, We would like to move the proposed date of our Social Night / prizegiving from May 25th to June 8th or 9th. The 25th seems to clash with school trips and a long weekend. Let me know if we’ve picked another bad date or if sounds OK.
This is an age group competition, which is part of a UK wide series of junior competitions. The competition is held over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd June. The age groups covered are under 11, under 13 and under 15.
The Club will travel down on the boat on Thursday 31st May, retuning by boat on the Monday June 4th. We will then get the train down to a Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park, South Gyle staying Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The kids will be supervised and accompanied at all times.
The competition is held at: Linlithgow Academy Sports Hall, Braehead Road, Linlithgow, EH49 6EH and the competitions are held all day Saturday and Sunday, with the younger age groups normally finishing earlier in the afternoon.
Who is it for?
Fencers will have to have some experience of using the electric scoring kit, that is, they can manage working with the body wires and electric jackets etc. and feel confident enough to be in a competition environment. I would stress that this can be a great way to fence new people and to measure how good their fencing is coming along. The emphasis at this age is enjoying the fencing without the pressure of gaining results.
As their Coach, I can usually assess how good an experience it will be for them and if they are ‘organised’ or self sufficient enough to manage the fencing side of things.
We will need one or two parents to accompany the trip, which will no doubt be arranged as we get the group together. I would be keen to speak with parents of anyone who is interested in taking part to see what is involved etc.
We have kept the costs of these trips the same for the last few years, and will keep to that this season while we can. There is a basic charge of £120. This is for the ferry, train travel and 3 nights accommodation in the Travel Lodge. We then take a £30 ‘kitty’ for everyone on the trip. The reason for this is to cover breakfasts bought in for the rooms and to cover at least 2 of the evening meals. (We involve the kids in seeing how far we can get on the kitty to learn a bit of budgeting while travelling). We eat out in South Gyle Friday and Sunday and the Competition organisers usually put on a BBQ on the Saturday night. Apart from this they will need some spending money for lunches each day and food for the boat and any spending money for a brief shop trip on the Monday.
A more detailed itinerary will be sent out before the trip to those going.
There is a website showing the Leon Paul Age Group Series at https://leonpauljuniorseries.co.uk
The Club Under 13 Foil Championships on May 12th and the Summer Camp on August 6th to 8th are both confirmed dates. See the website.