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Oundle, Peterborough & Stamford Epee Club

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Club Background

In September 2011 the club was launched at Oundle School with sessions only taking place on Thursday evenings, however following some great successes in 2012 a second night on Monday evenings at The Peterborough School was added in September 2012.

In September 2017 a Stamford session is being started which will run at Stamford school. The club is continuing to flourish and details of our current sessions are detailed on the Individual session Tabs -

General Information

Who - The Club is generally aimed at those of 8 years of age (year 4 at schools, but some younger children do attend) and older (including adults) with a full fencing session using Epees.
There can be some flexibility on ages, however please call/get in touch to discuss for younger children, as the Yarwell Musketeer sessions are targetted at this younger age-group.
The Oundle & Peterborough sessions will be for intermediate fencers only (who have at a minimum having already completed a full taster day/beginner course (see tabs) or having fenced at other clubs). If you are unsure whether you count as an intermediate fencer, please get in touch. Initially the Stamford session will cater for beginners as well as Intermediate and more experienced fencers until we get a core group of fencers together.
This is to allow the ongoing development of those already fencing in the club.
The session will consist of a 30 minute footwork & bladework session run by a coach followed by free fencing on the scoring boxes. (Stamford sessions will diifer see tab)
Throughout the session individual lessons will be available from our club coaches at a cost of 10 for a 15 minute, These will be 1 to 1 lessons.

Beginner Courses/Taster Days - Please see the next tabs for holiday taster day/beginner courses and those planned going forward.

Lead Coach - The lead coach will be Chris Howser, he is a level 4 Registered British Fencing coach with 20 years of coaching experience which has included coaching British Squad members at European Junior Championships and the England Ladies team to a Commonwealth Silver medal. He has also been coaching a large number of fencers in Surrey (where he recently moved up from) and that group have won numerous British and England titles between them. Chris was a high class international fencer in his own right, having fenced for Great Britain at 5 World Championships and having been Senior Men's British Champion in 2005. He still competes and is currently both Northamptonshire County and East Midlands Regional Epee Champion as well as still being ranked as a top 20 GB fencer (Jan 2011). Other coaches will be found when the club grows to a point that more staff are required.

Costs of sessions -
See individual venue tabs.
Individual lessons within club (15 minute lesson) - 10 per lesson
There will be no joining/annual fee for the club as we encourage fencers to attend when they are able to and annual membership actually discourages occassional fencers from attending the club. Students are more than welcome to come along over holiday perods when they are home and weekly attendance is in no way compulsory.

What you would need to attend in -

We will be able to supply the fencing equipment for all beginners and new intermediate fencers to the club (using size 0 or size 2 epees), these fencers would need to come to sessions wearing track-suit bottoms (zipped or closed pockets), t-shirt and trainers (with socks),

Over a period of time we would hope that most regular fencers purchase their own equipment (at least some of it) so the club kit is available for new recruits (great Christmas and Birthday present ideas, see www.bladesbrand.com).

For older fencers (over 14 years old) wishing to fence with full size (size 5) epees, you must wear breeches and you will be able to borrrow these (subject to availability) for a short period from the club, however you will be expected to purchase your own breechesvery soon after starting regular attendance to the club. For those wishing to use size 5 epees you should attend wearing long socks and shorts under your track-suit bottoms to allow easy changing into breeches.

British Fencing Membership -

All those going on to fence at the fencing club (i.e. the full metal fencing) should become members of British Fencing which gives you insurance cover as well as other benefits. Please see www.britishfencing.com for detais in their membership section.

Contacts and further information -

Club founder - Chris Howser
Email - chrishowser@hotmail.co.uk
Tel - 07887 522714 (best contact times 9am to 11am)

Other points of contact

Child Protection/Welfare Officer &Club Administrator - Jacqui Lever
Available at club (whilst not fencing herself), Jacqui can talk you through how the club works and how to get involved in the sport.