Sporting Focus: Queen Mary Barts and The London Fencing
This week we are shining the light onto our amazing Queen Mary Barts and The London Fencing! Get the low down on everything you need to know about this club below.
What days and times do you train? Where do you train?
Sabre:Lite 1-2pm, Active Studio PAYG - £2.50 a session Sabre, but not as you know it. Get involved in fencing's most energetic weapon with fewer rule and a lot more fun! PAYG, so come when you can and save when you can't.
Beginner's Fencing 1-2pm, Qmotion Sports Hall £30 for a 12 week course Always wanted to try a new sport? Come and learn the art of fencing! This twelve week course will take you through the basics of foil fencing, one of the most common disciplines in the sport. And at £30 a session, it's one of the cheapest training courses around.
Intermediate Fencing 1-2pm, QMotion Sports Hall £30 for a 12 week course Know the basics of foil and want to take it to the next level? Improve on your skills with our intermediates course! Same place, same time, new lessons.
Open Fencing 2-3pm, QMotion Active Studio Included with any paid membership inc. beginner's sessions Want to get out of the structured taught environment and into some matches? Our session in the active studio is open to all weapons, at all abilities, and runs according to the people who attend.
Experienced Fencing 10am-2pm, Qmotion Sports Hall Prices vary for membership, or £5 a session on a PAYG basis. Have some experience under your belt and just want to fence? Saturday mornings are for anyone who has a little bit of fencing experience (over 6 months, but it's not strict). All three weapons are fenced, and you can either just freely go into matches, or book yourself into a lesson in advance. Please note, if you request a lesson you MUST arrive before 10:30am for the warmup. Afterwards, we typically retire to the pub for a late lunch.
What makes your training sessions enjoyable?
I am going to let some of my club members answer this question:
Tom Adams: "What makes the sessions fun for me is seeing how everyone of different levels work to help each other grow throughout the year both in their fencing and confidence to make sure people are getting the best out of the sport"
Daniel Smythe: " The training sessions are highly enjoyable as It has given me valuable skills when working within teams. It has increased my confidence to adventure into all realms of life, whilst being able to make friends. There is a very strong enthusiasm from everyone at the club and everyone is always ready to help you".
Alessandro Tridico: "What I love about the training sessions is how easy going and friendly everyone is. We train a lot and to a very high standard but you always have fun. There are times where trainings gets hard, intense footwork and intense beadwork, but everyone is always very supportive and we always push through as a team. You can see that everyone is very committed to the sport but also wants to share their passion; that is what makes it fun for me."
What was your club’s biggest success of the past year?
The club success story was winning the Get Active Award from the SU with our Sabre:Lite sessions. Also, important to also mention the extraordinary work of the Women's team: in their debut to the competitive season, they scored a silver in the BUCS Cup and another silver in their league.
So why should you get involved?
We are a very easy going club and we cater for every level of expertise, we have weekly socials and we really try to make everyone feel welcome! As a club we are very diverse: we have drinkers and non-drinkers, we have straight but also LGBT+ fencers, we have as many females as males, we are very culturally diverse and very international. We really are geared for everybody! :)
And a final fun fact about this club?
Our club president always gets a lot of attention; jokes aside, we are the only club to have 2 Elite Athletes and ranked GBR fencers to help out during the sessions. Who wouldn't want to train with the best fencers?
Don't forget if you are a Queen Mary or Barts and the London student, you can come along to any of Fencings training sessions, just turn up. Get in touch with the club committee via one of their social media pages below for more information.
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