Newsletter, No 32
Developments at CFBS • Easter Schedule • The City Fencing Club training • Fees and things • Info for the new members
Here is your bi-monthly club newsletter with updates, announcements and
what ever else! Contributions are always welcome. Reports from
the competitions, photographs from the trips, small adds and even
extracts from your own blog/diary: who would not be curious to find out
more about fencers without masks!
Developments at Central Foundation Boys'
The new showers, toilets and the changing rooms at the school's
Gymnasium must be most relevant to our members attending the
sessions at that venue. The new facilities are all ready and the delay
with the use of
the showers is only due to some fire alarms issue.
(Apparently they're too sensitive at the moment and kick in if the
is switched on!). The entrance to the premises have also changed: it's
now from Cowper St through the school building.
You might be interested to find out that all that is a part of a major
project of the school's redevelopment. It'll also include a new
skyscraper which is tipped to become “the residential equivalent of the
Gherkin”. Tudorvale, the developer, is creating 192 apartments.
They will be a
mixture of glamorous high-rise homes as well as loft-style flats in
converted classroom blocks. Apartments will have top interior design,
fantastic views and sell from £350,000 to well over £1 million.
May I ask the members to put in their diaries that there won't be the
free play session on Saturday 22 March
due to Finsbury Leisure centre being closed and no fencing will take
place on Easter Monday, 24 March
at any of the venues.
The City Fencing club training
The City Fencing club is currently without a good venue and has asked
to hold their training sessions at our facilities. We're currently
working out the details of this co-opertation which should be mutually
beneficial to both clubs. The plan is that members of London Fencing
club will be able to participate in training with the City club which
is more competitively oriented, particularly in sabre.
Fees and things
May I remind some members attending Saturday sessions that they costs
extra £10 added to the monthly fee for the evening classes (higher
rate if you attend only Saturdays). It applies also to those who take
part in poules on Saturdays. Please upgrade your subscription if you
intend to attend Saturday sessions or take part in poules - get in
touch if in doubt!
The private lessons rates which haven't changed for the last 4 years
will go up by £1 (for the members or by £3 for non-members) per 20 min
lesson reflecting the inflation... This will happen by the end of the
month - you can still book your lessons or buy credits at the cheaper
rate - but hurry up!
Some info for the recent beginners
The club has grown significantly in the last few months. Here are some
answers to the typical FAQs from the new comers.
Do I need private
Private lessons can be extremely beneficial to your progress as a
Whether you compete or not, this is your chance to develop your
individual tactics, 'golden strokes' and correct the bad habits! Try to
book at least 20-40 min of private lessons a month if you use fencing
recreationally and more if you compete. You can book the lessons via
the website: http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/private_lessons.php
on pay-as-you-go basis.
The members' rate for individual lessons is
currently £45 p/h (they can
be 20, 40
or 60 min). As mentioned above this will go up to £48 p/h by April.
There are cheaper rates if you set up a pre-paid lessons
We also offer
the dedicated Individual Lessons plan.
The deal is simple: add £32 per month to your
subscription and receive a monthly 1 hour individual tuition allowance
(this makes it 33% cheaper than the usual members' rate).
If in any particular month you cannot use the whole allowance, it is
rolled over to the next month!
How many times a
week to train?
We recommend attending the fencing sessions at least 2-3 times a week -
skills will build up much faster and you won't feel that after a week
of inactivity you forgot what you've done on the previous lesson! Two
evening classes +
free play is probably the best combination which
will give you a good balance of learning and practice. This plan is
only £55 per month (£35 + £10 + £10) and we'll also give you a free
complimentary private lesson every month!
Should I get my own
Treat yourself to a set
of good fencing gear! Having your own fencing kit is
more comfortable, safe and hygienic than the beginners' range
use at the club - with it you'll enjoy fencing more! It will also allow
to fence when ever you feel
like it: at home with friends, visiting other venues or even other
countries! It will be necessary if you decide to fence using the
electric scoring at the club or enter a
competition (yes, one day it might happen!). We have a dedicated
page on the website which will give all necessary information about
what items you might want to buy - and where it can be done: http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/equipment/