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Sign up for a fencing to St.Petersburg, 3-10 May 2009!

st petersburg Once again we're invited to Spartak fencing academy in St.Petersburg to rub shoulders (blades, vodka glasses, er... fill in as desired) with the Russians. The trip is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced and for all weapons.

For those who did not go last time here is a bit of the background. Spartak is one of the main Russian fencing schools located in the centre of St.Petersburg. The coaches are qualified  to teach at any level: from amateur beginner to world class professional sportsmen. The academy trained numerous champions of the World and Europe, many of whom you'll be able to meet. 4 fencers from Spartak took part in Beijing Olympics.  The coaches and the fencers are a very friendly and enthusiastic crowd happy to share their fencing expertise as well as their knowledge of the local bars.

The programme of the visit will include evening training  sessions with the optional individual lessons in the morning.

St.Petersburg offers fantastic opportunities for expanding one's cultural and emotional horizons. World famous theaters and museums, the palaces of the Czars and the monuments of the Revolution, churches and night clubs, the sombre past and the loud unconstrained present - it is all there, available for your inquisitive mind and the body. We'll be traveling in May which is a particularly pleasant time: the nights become short and almost disappear, the weather is warm and the air is full of expectation.

spartakHere are the details of the trip:

Dates: the first week of May 2009 to make full use of the bank holiday. Depart Sunday 3 May - return Sunday, 10 May.

Accommodation: we'll be staying in flats walking distance from the fencing academy. It's in the very centre of St.Petersburg.

Cost: 380 including fencing and accommodation (twin room) but not the travel. Private lessons are at the extra cost of 10 per 20 min lesson. The coaches are very good and I'd recommend at least a couple of hours of lessons during your visit.

Other expenses: visa to Russia now costs 50. Flights (BA, Aeroflot, Finnair, Austrian Airlines and many others) starting from 159 return.

If you're interested: please confirm your participation by mid February. The money will need to be collected by the end of March.