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Training Times

Training times as of Hilary Term of 2011/2012 are:

Monday 7:30-10:30PM
Thursday 8:30-10:30PM

All sessions are at the Cricket Schools of the Iffley Road Sports Centre. Advanced fencers should have their own kit (if they do not, they will be charged at intermediate rates). Due to this, they pay reduced rates, at £55 per year or £45 per term in 2011/2012. Updated rates may be found by mailing the treasurer. Squad training also takes place 7:30-9:00am on Wednesdays. This is by invitation only.

Competitions

For a schedule of upcoming domestic competitions, see the British Fencing Association.

For international competitions, see the Federation International D'Escrime.

For French national circuit events, see the Federation Francaise d'Escrime.

There are also numerous competitions for university students, including the upcoming London International Universites Fencing Cup hosted by UCL in June and the Challenge d'Escrime L'X hosted by L'Ecole Polytechnique in March.

Opens

We strongly encourage fencers to compete in as many Opens as they can. Most of the time there are many fencers going and we should be able to arrange transport. Contact the captains if you intend to go. If you intend to make the squad, going to Opens is a must.

BUCS Individuals

BUCS individuals are the student championships. They usually take place over the weekend of 8th week (beginning of December) and will be held at the University of Nottingham. The closing date is very early (late October) and Freshers are frequently disappointed when they discover they cannot enter as they have missed the deadline. Contact the captains if you intend to go. We should be able to arrange transport and possibly some accommodation.

BUSA League

Both the men's and women's first teams participate in the BUCS Premier league south. The format is 1FES in an Italian relay for each weapon. Winners are decided on the basis of aggregate scores from all three weapons. In the men's league our opponents are UCL, Cambridge, Bath, and Bristol. The women's league opponents are Bristol, Bath, Imperial, and Cambridge. Over Michaelmas and Hilary we will fence all these universities twice.

We also have a men’s Second team participating in the Midlands Conference 1A. Our opponents are Loughborough, Staffordshire, Cambridge 2nds, UEA, Leicester, Notts 2nds and Warwick. We will fence them once over Michaelmas and Hilary.

For additional information on BUCS Fencing, see the British University Sports Association's Fencing Pages.

Blues

Fencing is a full blue and half blue for men, and a blue only sport for women. Blues are the colours awarded to students who fence against Cambridge in the annual Varsity Match. Note that visiting students cannot be Blues, although they can fence in BUCS. There is also a second team, the Assassins, who fence the Cutthroats.

We have discretionary full Blue status, which means that fencers who participate in the Varsity Match can win full Blue status through their National Ranking (Top 50), their performance in the BUSA individual championship (last 8) or through a great performance in an Open (700 ranking points).

Other awards are available to club members including Club colours and International colours.

Coaching

The club is keen to support club members wanting to learn to coach, and has in the past run coaching classes for interested team members. Assistance with the beginners is welcome past the early weeks of their training: please talk to any of the club coaches regarding this. If you'd like more information or ideas on how to get started coaching, please talk to any member of the committee, or club coaches.