Fencing

About

QMBL Fencing

We are a friendly three-weapon club focused on participation and development from BOTH Queen Mary and Barts and the London Students. Our priority is to make you feel part of the fencing family, enjoy the sport of fencing and encourage wider participation to competitions. Whether you are a total beginner or a highly competitive member, we will do our best to cater to your needs so that you may improve your abilities and reach your personal goals. Training sessions are not only fun but also highly competitive as well to deliver the highest standards of results when it comes to BUCS events. With the current status of the pandemic, we will take precautions to minimise the risk to our members.

Taster session (for new members)

Please follow @qmblfencing on instagram or join our private FB group (QMBL Fencing Club) for the latest updates! Contact fencingqmbl@gmail.com for any queries. 

  • Date: Week after the freshers fair (Likely Wednesday) but if you can't make it, don't worry, any of your first session is free!
  • Activities: 3 x 30-minute sessions run by experienced committee members. If you're experienced, let us know, we'll invite you to our pre-season training too!
  • To Bring: Wear long Sports bottoms (i.e. no shorts or leggings). Fencing kit provided.

Training 

Equipment: We provide all of the fencing equipment. All you need is a pair of tracksuit bottoms, a t-shirt and trainers. Please do not wear shorts! 

Commitment levels required:

  • Team/committee members should aim to attend 3 Saturday sessions per month minimum as well as matches and Wednesday sessions where appropriate.
  • Non-team/ Social fencers should aim to attend 2 Saturday sessions per month, Wednesdays optional.
  • Novice fencers will typically be part of the GetActive sessions ran on Wednesdays. Those who have attended majority of it may be invited to join the team on Saturday Trainings for sparring sessions.

Competitions

The club participates in BUCS, BUCS Individuals, the QMBL Novice Cup, London International University Fencing Competition and London Regional Intermediates. We are hoping that Paris X-Systra will take place this year! These events are perfect if you want to try competitions for the first time or want to represent the university. Big competitions such as the BUCS individuals are normally done together by the club with travel and accommodation planned for by the committee.

Key dates:

  • London Regional in January and July
  • BUCS Matches: Wednesdays during term time
  • BUCS Individuals (at Sheffield) in February 
  • Merger Cup (Barts vs QM) in March
  • QMBL National Novice in March/April
  • LIUF in June

Recreational Fencing and Socials

QMSU also runs an Introductory Fencing course for those looking to learn. It's a 10 week course led by an expert coach and costs just £25 (TBC) so is a really fun and affordable way to get involved. Sabre:Lite is also a Get Active weekly session which is a simplified version of Fencing and is a great introduction to the sport. Visit the Get Active site for more information.

We have a very active and friendly community, all are welcome to get involved in our socials. We have socials every Saturday after training and have post-match socials on Wednesdays. 

How do new members join?

  1. Join the Facebook group and get in contact with the club committee members + join our WhatsApp group chat (link will be released during freshers fair)
  2. Attend the taster session - this first session is free!
  3. Purchase your subs - at the Hub (Mile End), BLSA reception (Whitechapel) or online.
  4. Enjoy! Take part in the sessions, and compete.

Contact details

President: Daniella Reyes (daniellaclaude@gmail.com)

Hello everyone! This is the QMBL Fencing President for the years 2021-2022. I am in my 2nd year of Medicine at Barts and the London and I am a graduate of the allied course at Barts and Queen Mary.  I have been with the club since 2017 and cannot wait to have you all join our Fencing Familia <3 Over the years, the club has been nominated and recognised for our many achievements such as: 

  • 2019/2020: The most nominations the club has received (Club of the Year, Get Active Contribution, Team of the Year for both Men's and Women's, Captain of the Year, Coach of the year and THREE individual nominations for Sportsperson of the Year)
  • 2018/2019: AWARDED for Get Active Club Contribution and Jack Petchey Award. Nominated for President of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.
  • 2017/2018: AWARDED Team of the Year and Nominated for Club of the Year

If you have any questions about our club just send me an email and I promise, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. The pandemic robbed us of an amazing fencing year so we're gonna give 300% to getting the club back on track! I sure hope to see you all there :) 

 

Committee 2020/2021:

  • President: Daniella Reyes (daniellaclaude@gmail.com)
  • Vice-President: Jacopo Tancredi Bianchi (jacopo.t.bianchi@gmail.com)
  • Women’s Captain: Faith Child (fxchild05@gmail.com)
  • Men's Captain: Etienne Wingert (lt20297@qmul.ac.uk)
  • Armourer: Edward Brodski (ec19370@qmul.ac.uk)
  • Novice Captain: Luca Elkouby (lucaelkouby@outlook.com)
  • Social Media Officer: Davide Castejon (ec20615@qmul.ac.uk)
  • Vacant Positions: Treasurer, Welfare Officer, Social Secretary (JOIN US!)

Club Accounts: 

  • Email us at: fencingqmbl@gmail.com
  • Join us at: QMBL Fencing Club on our private facebook group
  • Follow us: @qmblfencing on instagram and QMBL Fencing page on facebook

 

 

 

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