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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! our first fencing session will be this Wednesday (5th). In view of the current covid situation, anyone attending should email buccaneers@adamblight.plus.com before hand confirming that they have no covid symptoms and also, when not actually fencing during the session face masks should be worn.

Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club will be able to start back fencing on Wednesdays at Birkdale School from 3rd November!!!!

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there will be some changes to how the club will function and these are –  

Attending individual club sessions will cost – £7.00

Paying club membership by standing order will cost – £25.00 per month

An additional cost of £3.00 per session will be required if the club provides personal kit (e.g. jackets, masks etc.)

Club sessions will not routinely provide personal electric equipment (e.g. electric foils, electric jackets etc.), this will be reserved for competitions

In the new year, a general meeting to update the constitution, establish a committee etc. will take place  

It will be great to be getting back to something like normal!!!! However there will for the time being still be some controls and restrictions concerning covid.

Buccaneers fencers training

Fencing on THURSDAYS!!!

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Just to confirm for everybody.  I have booked the Frecheville Centre for fencing sessions from next Thursday (2nd September) till the end of September.  As of now, this seems to be our only option.  I have also emailed Birkdale to ask about their possible availability but as yet have had no reply.  If I can get over to help out with fencing sessions I will try, though my recovery from my heart op has been a bit up and down so we will see.

Buccaneers Fencing in August

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From next Monday (2nd August) our Monday sessions will take place at Frecheville Community Centre, Churchdale Road, Sheffield S12 4XT and our sessions will run from 7:00pm till 10:00pm every Monday in August except for the 30th. It would be REALLY, REALLY helpful for planing our Summer sessions if people could give us an idea which dates in August people are intending to attend.

We will still be taking covid precautions by requesting that when not actually fencing people wear masks and also provide assurances by email before the session that people do not have any covid symptoms.

Developments with Monday fencing sessions

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From now on we will not be making use of Playwaze to register attendance at our Monday fencing sessions as they now want to charge us quite a bit for using them. Those wanting to attend on Mondays should email buccaneers@adamblight.plus.com to notify their intention to attend and can of course give a list of dates going forward. As of now all current covid proceedures, including the requirement for a covid checklist prior to sessions are required. When British Fencing issues new guidelines we will review our approach.

We will be changing venue for our Monday sessions starting 2nd August to Frecheville Community Centre, Churchdale Road, Sheffield S12 4XT and our sessions will run from 7:00pm till 10:00pm every Monday in August except for the 30th. The reason for this is that our current venue of Mount St Mary’s College is charging £35 per hour and as we do not now have grant funding to cover this, we would have to charge members a considerable amount more. Frecheville is available to us at £13 per hour. Frecheville Community Centre is a nice venue with space for four pistes so it should serve us well over Summer.

Latest covid reopening

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Following on from the recent BF guidelines, I have measured our Monday venue and and done the calculations and we can now have 35.4865446716 people there for our club sessions!!!! These include children, adults, parents, coaches etc. Realistically, I don’t think our venue would accommodate anywhere near 35. We will still require that everyone attending completes a ‘covid symptom’ form prior to attending, that will also include parents. Also, fencers will need their own fencing kit. Fencers will need to enter via our Playwaze portal (link below)and pay fees by bank transfer. Sessions will run from 7:00pm till 9:00pm at Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill, Sheffield S21 3YL, If you are unfamiliar with this venue, click the link below for a printable guide. These sessions will be conducted in accordance with British Fencing’s Covid Safe guidelines. Those participating will need to register prior to the session. Each session will cost £7.00, payment for one or more sessions is payable by bank transfer to Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club, A/c No – 21215272, Sort Code – 40-41-37 (It says ‘free’ in the Playwaze portal as the website wouldn’t let me enter details). There will be no cash or cheque collections on the night. All British Fencing Covid protocols will be followed. All those taking part should familiarise themselves with these guidelines from the British Fencing website. Parents not performing welfare or covid officer roles will be expected to remain outside the fencing salle. For any other details contact Adam at buccaneers@adamblight.plus.com or 07761284378.

Some key covid considerations

  • Masks to be worn when not actively engaged in training
  • 2 metre social distancing to be observed in all practical circumstances
  • Fencers should have their own gel and wipes though this will also be available
  • Close quarter actions should be avoided and referees should halt as soon as distance closes
  • No handshakes but salutes at the beginning and end of bouts
  • Prior to the session, each person attending will be required to complete and return by email our covid symptom form which can be got from the link below

Restarting Monday Fencing – 19th April!

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We will be running Monday night club sessions from 7:00pm till 9:00pm at Mount St Mary’s College beginning on 19th April for Under 18s. These sessions will be conducted in accordance with British Fencing’s Covid Safe guidelines. Those participating will need to register prior to the session. This can preferably be done via Playwaze.com (link below)which is the activity registration service partnered with British Fencing, alternatively by text or email. Each session will cost £7.00 per session, payment for one or more sessions is payable by bank transfer to Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club, A/c No – 21215272, Sort Code – 40-41-37 (It says ‘free’ in the Playwaze portal as the website wouldn’t let me enter details). There will be no cash or cheque collections on the night. There will be a maximum group size of 15 selected on a first come first serve basis. Those taking part are expected to have their own fencing equipment and all British Fencing Covid protocols will be followed. All those taking part should familiarise themselves with these guidelines from the British Fencing website. Parents not performing welfare or covid officer roles will be expected to remain outside the fencing salle. It is anticipated that in due course more restrictions will be eased and from mid May club fencing for adults will be able to restart. For any other details contact Adam at buccaneers@adamblight.plus.com or 07761284378.

Some key covid safe measures

  • Masks to be worn when not actively engaged in training
  • 2 metre social distancing to be observed in all practical circumstances
  • Fencers should have their own gel and wipes though this will also be available
  • Individual bouts will be for a maximum of 20 minutes
  • No close quarter actions, referees to stop bouts where distance closes
  • No handshakes but salutes at the beginning and end of bouts
  • Individual lessons can only be provided in the event that the maximum number of 15 is not reached and the coach therefore is part of the group. Where there are 15 fencers present, the coach will supervise the session as a whole.
  • Prior to the session, each person attending will be required to complete and return by email our covid symptom form which can be got from the link below

Restarting Fencing Training from 12th April

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Hi everybody

I hope everybody is well and has come through the last year ok.

It is looking certain that fencing training activities will be able to restart, initially with some restrictions, after 12th April. This email is aimed to establish how people may wish to engage with this restart to help with planning the return to fencing of our club, Sheffield Buccaneers and also weekend individual lessons.  It is likely that there is likely to need to review a number of areas including, costs, provision of personal fencing kit during sessions etc.

Sheffield Buccaneers My current understanding is that Birkdale School will not be open to external bookings until September.  We will however have the opportunity of restarting our sessions on Mondays based at Mount St Mary’s College, initially for a limited size group of under 18s and it is anticipated that we may be able to do this from Monday 19th April.

Individual Fencing Lessons at Weekends It appears that these will be able to restart for everybody from 12th April.  I have enquired after the availability of our usual venue the Park Centre and have not as yet had a reply.  However, if this is not available, I have the possibility of using Frecheville Community Centre.  This would probably involve afternoons rather than mornings.  This venue may also be available to us for some evening activity.

I would be very grateful if people could give some idea of what they would like by considering these kind of questions

1 – Would you wish to attend fencing on Mondays at Mount St Mary’s College?

2 – If you wish to attend on Mondays, would you wish to continue throughout the Summer?

3 – Would you wish to take up weekend individual fencing lessons?

4 – If you wish to receive individual lessons, would you prefer Saturdays or Sundays?

5 – If you wish to receive individual lessons, how frequently would you like this?   6 – Are there any other considerations you would like to raise?

You can email at – buccaneers@adamblight.plus.com

All the very best

Adam Blight

Mount St Mary’s Mondays

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Our Monday night sessions for under 18s can be booked via the Playwaze website. The sessions run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for a maximum of 15. The cost is £7.00 per session which needs to be paid by bank transfer into our club account – Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club, Sort Code – 404137, A/c No – 21215272. Everyone should fill out and return by email a covid symptom form before attending.

Fencing at Mount St Mary’s College on Mondays

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We will be running Monday night club sessions from 7:00pm till 9:00pm at Mount St Mary’s College beginning on 12th October. These sessions will be conducted in accordance with British Fencing’s Covid Safe guidelines. Those participating will need to register prior to the session. This can preferably be done via Playwaze.com (link below)which is the activity registration service partnered with British Fencing, alternatively by text or email. Each session will cost £7.00 per session, payment for one or more sessions is payable by bank transfer to Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club, A/c No – 21215272, Sort Code – 40-41-37 (It says ‘free’ in the Playwaze portal as the website wouldn’t let me enter details). There will be no cash or cheque collections on the night. There will be a maximum group size of 18 selected on a first come first serve basis and training will take place in bubbles of six fencers. Those taking part are expected to have their own fencing equipment and all British Fencing Covid protocols will be followed. All those taking part should familiarise themselves with these guidelines from the British Fencing website. Parents not performing welfare or covid officer roles will be expected to remain outside the fencing salle. For any other details contact Adam at buccaneers@adamblight.plus.com or 07761284378.

Some key covid safe measures

  • Masks to be worn when not actively engaged in training
  • Training to take place in bubbles of up to 6 fencers, there will be no mixing between bubbles
  • 2 metre social distancing to be observed in all practical circumstances
  • Fencers should have their own gel and wipes
  • Individual bouts will be for a maximum of 20 minutes
  • No close quarter actions, referees to stop bouts where distance closes
  • No handshakes but salutes at the beginning and end of bouts
  • Individual lessons can only be provided to one bubble as a coach is classed as part of a bubble, this bubble will therefore have a maximum of 5 fencers. Any fencer who will want a lesson should let me know, Alternatively, I shall supervise the whole session