At last! After what seems like for ever, we can get back to London Region fencing action. And we get things rolling with a 2021 fourth quarter offering three, rather than our previous two, events – two All Weapon Opens and one Saturday focussed on London Schools.
We reboot on Sunday 24th October with a ‘this year only’ change from our established programme. Rather than a Team Competition we’re holding a ‘London Region Welcome Back Open Novice & Intermediate’ at St Benedicts School in Ealing. Being able to enter won’t depend on finding three other like-minded fencers, so no hassle there. And no need to worry about letting other fencers down if you’re not as fit as you’d like to be. So, regardless of how ring-rusty you feel, if you want to get back to sociable competition it’ll be an ideal opportunity for a good friendly fence.
On Saturday 20th November, partnering with Westminster Under School, we’re launching a new annual ‘London Inter-School Under 11 Fencing Festival’. As well as fencing itself, it’ll incorporate simple add-ons including sessions to help the fencers of tomorrow appreciate some basic refereeing and armoury issues in a user-friendly way. It was due to get off the ground in 2020 but coronavirus put an end to that. And current circumstances may temper things a bit. But we’ll be looking to build on it over the coming years.
Then it’s the 2021 CAPITAL OPEN, to be held at its new regular home, the Westminster School Sports Centre near Victoria Station, on its new regular date, the first Saturday of December. A great way to cap off a fencing year in the run up to Christmas.
We hope to see as many old friends and new as we can at these fun events, but to maximise everyone’s safety we might have to limit numbers. So best not delay in making your entries. Why not check out the details of the N&I now on our competitions page.