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

Starting Fencing at Mount St Mary’s College on Mondays

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Hi everybody,

We are going to be able to restart fencing sessions at Mount St Mary’s College again on Mondays, starting on 12th October. Obviously, in the current situation there will need to be quite a lot of controls and procedures put in place. Initially I would like an indication of who might be wanting to make a commitment to regular attendance of these sessions, particularly from amongst those who attended these sessions previously and also those who have their own kit.


Attempts to Restart Buccaneers Fencing Training

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I have during the last few weeks been looking into every possibility of our club being able to restart fencing training in some form following our usual venue, Birkdale School not being available at the moment. Unfortunately, the only apparently practical option of Concord Sports Centre on Monday nights is not going to be possible. There are just not going to be enough people to cover the cost and make for a productive training session. The venue is very expensive and for many people was difficult to get to.

It looks like we probably have no choice but to wait until Birkdale makes itself available to external bookings again and they plan to review this in January. In the meantime if something comes up I will let everybody know.


Options for restarting fencing training with Sheffield Buccaneers

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Hi everybody,
The purpose of this post is consult those who fence with Sheffield Buccaneers over our range of options for restarting fencing training.  Firstly, as you may know, our usual venue Birkdale School will not be available for us to use until January at the earliest.  I have enquired widely to find an alternative for the period up till then and have only found one possibility, which is the lower hall at Concord Sports Centre, Shire Green Lane, Sheffield S5 6AE on Monday nights. We currently pay £26.50 per night for Birkdale and the price for using Concord is £43.00 per 45 minutes, so if we were to have our usual 3 hour session that would amount to £172.00 per night!  Perhaps 7:30pm to 9:45 which would cost £129.00 would work better.  If we were to make use of Concord we would have to be sure of being able to cover this cost and inevitably the cost of attending sessions will be considerably more.
Other issues we would have to address would be ensuring that our sessions are conducted in accordance with British Fencing’s ‘covid safe’ guidelines which can be found at – https://www.britishfencing.com/BF%20Return%20to%20Fencing%20-%20Indoor%20Fencing%20Guidelines%20from%2025th%20July%20in%20England%20v1.0.pdf .  All those wishing to attend our sessions should read this.
Some key features of these guideline are –
  • Training must take place in groups of 6. groups must remain separate and not mix.
  • Sparing bouts within each group can be for 3 bouts to 5 or one bout to 15 with a maximum of 15 minutes per bout.
  • All fencers must pre book in order to attend any session.
In applying the British Fencing guidelines we would anticipate making the following changes –
  • All payments will need to be by bank transfer, no cash or cheques.
  • There will inevitably be a limit on the number of fencers who can attend in order that pistes can be kept the correct distance apart and we will probably implement a firs come first serve booking system.
  • We will need to appoint a covid 19 officer who will actively monitor compliance with the guidelines.
  • There will be no sharing of equipment and fencers will be strongly advised to get their own, especially masks and gloves.
  • Other adaptions and controls as required.
I would be grateful if people could get back to me with there thoughts on restarting our fencing training in order to draw up a plan of action.
All the best
(Chair & Head Coach)

Club sessions suspended!!

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Hi Everybody,
Due to the advice and guidance regarding the covid 19 epidemic, Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club on Wednesday nights is unfortunately suspending training sessions until further notice.  Also, our training sessions at Mount St Mary’s on Monday nights will also have to be suspended.
I will be putting up some training advice, tips and things to do on my website at adamblight-fencing.com and sharing this on facebook, including, strength and conditioning exercises, footwork ideas, repairing equipment guides etc.
Lets all get through this and come back ‘fencing fit’
All the best

Change of Venue for 26th February 2020

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Fencing will NOT be at Birkdale School Sports Hall on Wednesday 25th February. We will be at the Park Centre, Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QP . This is because the cricket nets at Birkdale are tangled and in a dangerous condition apparently. I don’t know how long this will be for and I am depending on the school to let me know.  Hopefully it won’t be for too long.

Yorkshire Team Foil and Yorkshire Youth League

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At the weekend two of Yorkshire’s major fencing competitions took place at Penistone Grammar School.  On Saturday 8th of June was the Yorkshire Team Foil with a total of 9 teams competing from throughout the Region.  The event involved a round of poules followed with direct elimination with every place being fought off.  The competition was hosted by Barnsley Fencing Club who meet at Penistone Grammar School on Tuesdays.  The final positions were –

1st – Louth 1(Louth Fencing Club)

The top three teams from the 2019 Yorkshire Team Foil

2nd – Fast Buccs (Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club)

3rd – Big Buccs (Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club)

4th – Louth 2 (Louth Fencing Club)

5th – Last Buccs (Sheffield Buccaneers Fencing Club)

6th – Yorkshire Allstars (Leeds/Bradford Fencing Clubs)

7th – York University

8th – Barnsley Fencing Club

9th – Bradford Hornets (Bradford University Fencing Club)




Erin and Serena – Under 10 Girl’s Foil

Leo Watson, 3rd in Under 10 Boy’s Foil

Vignesh, 1st in Under 12 Boy’s Epee

Finn wins the under 14 Boys Foil in a great final with Arthur

On Sunday the 9th of June was the Yorkshire Youth League event at Penistone Grammar with over 50 entrants in a range of age groups including Under 10s, Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s at foil, epee and sabre.  Everybody had a full and enjoyable day of fencing and special thanks must go to all the referees, helpers and organisers who made the event possible. The final positions from the different events are –

  Name Club
  Under 10 Girl’s Foil  
1 Erin Walker Sheffield Buccaneers
2 Serena Pascale Wghs
  Under 10 Boy’s Foil  
1 Rudy Levick Sheffield Hallam
2 Ryan Mcgahey Fernwood Sword Club
3= Aidan Mooney Harrogate
3= Leonardo Watson Sheffield Buccaneers
5 William Parry Sheffield Hallam Fencing Club
6 Harvey Lack Doncaster Fencing Club
  Under 12 Girl’s Foil  
1 Indigo Zaffino Barnsley
2 Nicole Brown Harrogate Fencing Club
3 Tegan Mcloughlin Preston Fencing Club
  Under 12 Boy’s Foil  
2 Nathan Mooney Harrogate
2 Ethan Dakin Fernwood Swords
3= Gabriel Clayworth Ashton Fencing Club
3= Finlay Maclachlan Radcliffe Sword Club
5 Vignesh Balchandra Hymers
6 Louis Bird Sheffield Buccaneers
7 Joseph Atkinson Hymers College
8 Leonardo Chapman Sheffield Buccaneers
9 Marlon Walsh Qegs
10 Matthew Dalton Sheffield Buccaneers
  Under 14 Girl’s Foil  
1 Ellie Stone Scipton
2 Pako Elseehy Tmfc
3= Bethan Harland Hallam
3= Anne Yates Hallam
  Under 14 Boy’s Foil  
1 Finnian Zaffino Barnsley
2 Arthur Eakin Fernwood Sword Club
3= Billy Levick Sheffield Hallam
3= Edward Lusted Harrogate Fencing Club
5 Andrew Clarke Salle Scipanovs Chester
6 Robert Hind Sheffield Hallam Fencing Club
7 Henry Shirt Barnsley Fencing Club
8 Tai Cookson Royal Armouries
9 Dylan Thraves Sheffield Hallam Fencing Club
10 Bobby McNicholas Royal Armouries
11 Owen Shore Mount St Mary’s
  Under 10 Boy’s Epee  
1 Dylan Helme Wingerworth Fencing Club
  Under 12 Girl’s Epee  
1 Kira Grahamslaw Harrogate
2 Alice Holder Harrogate Fencing Club
  Under 12 Boy’s Epee  
1 Vignesh Balchandra Hymers
2 Matthew Phillips Wingerworth Fencing Club
  Under 14 Girl’s Epee  
1 Katy Cook Skipton Fencing Club
  Under 14 Boy’s Epee  
1 Willem Drury Wingerworth Fencing Club
  Under 16 Girl’s Epee  
1 Befreen Jones Hymers
  Under 16 Boy’s Epee  
1 Joseph Walker Swords Fencing Club
  Under 12 Girl’s Sabre  
1 Nicole Brown Skipton Fencing Club
2 Lucy Gill Darlington Street Swords
  Under 12 Boy’s Sabre  
2 Harry Easby Darlington Street Swords
1 Sam Walmsley Marshall Fencing
  Under 14 Sabre  
1 Hamish Wood Teeside Fencing Club
2 Gemma Low Street Swords Darlington, Co. Durham

Yorkshire Youth League – Sunday 9th June

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The next Yorkshire Youth League fencing tournament takes place next Sunday (June 9th) at Penistone Grammar School.  You can enter by going to allentries.co.uk.   entry details are here – YYL Sheffield – Entry Form 2019.  There will be young fencers from the Yorkshire, East Midlands, North West and the North East Regions.  Please note – the lists on the allentries website are not complete as some have given their entry direct to me.

Yorkshire Team Foil – Saturday 9th June

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The Yorkshire Team Foil Championships will take place on Saturday 8th June (i.e. next Saturday) at Penistone Grammar School.  There are currently 7 confirmed teams and an additional 3 or 4 getting their act together.  I you want to enter go to allentries.co.uk (only one team showing on the allentries site at the moment as most people have sent their entry direct to me.  This is always a great fun event with LOADS of fencing, every place is fought of so however well your team is doing you get to fence all day.  Please find attached entry details.  If you want to see what the event is like, here is a video from last year – https://youtu.be/T5aRKuNROH8