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Ashburton Fencing Club is a small, friendly and very informal  "grass-roots" club based in central Croydon.

We welcome beginners and experienced fencers from the ages of 9 years to 90+, to come along and enjoy the evening, sharing their interests and knowledge in fencing.

The club is located at the Territorial Army Centre, Sydenham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 2EW and we meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

ENTRANCE TO THE CLUB IS AT THE FRONT GATE ON THE MAIN ROAD. Parking is not available and we have been advised not to park along the front of the building (as you may be towed away!).

Please press the
DRILL HALL button located on the gate side panel and someone will let you in.
 

We Are Still Closed
Proposed Opening
Thursday 3rd June

Check News & Events Page For Further Updates

On very rare occasions a club night may be cancelled but we will post updates as soon as any details are known.
Please check this website and our Facebook pages for updates.
 

 

 

 

Safety: Our club (like all fencing clubs), makes every effort to ensure that novice and experienced fencers are made aware of and put into practice, the rules of fencing safely.
Fencing is a combat sport ("a European martial art" someone once quoted) and you fence at your own risk. But believe it or not fencing is one of the safer sports around - providing that using common sense and observing the rules and guidelines laid down to fence safely, is adhered to.

To All Members - your co-operation is needed please!
Under these trying times, to help run the club safely and smoothly, we ask all members if they could kindly "pitch in" to help close the club up as per section 12. below.
Up to now it has been left to a few members to do this every evening and it would help us enormously if everyone could do their bit and not leave it just for the few!
 


COVID-19 Risk assessment for Ashburton Fencing Club:
These observations and guidelines have been issued to all club members and new members to ensure that they aware of them prior to their arrival at the club.

Members and visitors are asked to bring with them the appropriate face mask, sanitiser wipes and/or gel.  Because of safety requirements anyone not adhering to this request will be refused entry.  This will not apply to those that have a medical condition that exempts them from wearing a face mask.

The COVID-19 officer for Ashburton Fencing Club is Mike Smith and there will be other designated monitors to ensure that the safety guidelines are adhered to for the safety of everyone attending a fencing session.

1.  Any member who feels or shows symptoms of fatigue, fever and irritating coughs are asked to refrain from attending club sessions until they are cleared of the symptoms in compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines and the required Government restrictions. Please use basic common sense - if you don’t feel well ‘Stay at home!’

2.  Upon check-in all members will be required to undergo a temperature check using a non-contact monitor and to give contact details for Track & Trace.  Any persons with a temperature reading of 37.5 or higher will be asked to return home.  This also applies to any persons refusing to give contact details.

Safety is paramount!

3.  All members will be asked to wash hands and use sanitiser gel/spray/wipes upon ‘check-in’.

4.  Members will be allocated designated seating areas around the hall at a 2 metre distance from each seat. Members are asked to observe the social distancing required when not actively fencing.  This will not apply to members of the same family who will be able to be seated together.

5.  In good weather, members often fence outdoors in the parking area behind the building.  The same restrictions regarding social distancing will be observed outdoors.

6.  The changing rooms will be monitored with no more than 2-4 persons per change.

7.  The shower room can be used for 1-2 persons.

8.  Changing rooms and toilets will be accessed through a ‘one way system’ using the ‘entry’ door from the main hall to the ‘exit’ door near the toilets.

9. Fencing activity is restricted to groups of a maximum of six people from different households, as long as they remain 2 metres apart as far as possible.

We can have more than one group of six in a hall, providing we are able to maintain social distancing within the space available and the total number of people (including non-fencers) within the hall, does not exceed government and venue guidelines on use of indoor space.

Fencers can rotate within their group and social distancing must be maintained within this group where at all possible. You cannot move to another group(s) within an evening session.

Close quarter fencing is rarely used and members are asked to refrain from this tactic while we remain under special measures.

Bodily contact is strictly prohibited. 

Fleching/running attacks are not permitted at this time.

Participants should avoid any shouting/screaming, particularly during 1:1 activities.

As a normal part of club fencing, protective clothing, including a mask and glove, is worn. British Fencing guidelines state that all fencers are advised to wear a face mask under their fencing mask when actively fencing.

The traditional handshake at the conclusion of a match will be prohibited. A simple ‘sword salute’ is deemed appropriate.

10.  Access to the kitchen for water will be monitored with no more than 2 persons entering at a time.

11.  All club equipment will be sanitised - anti-bacterial spray for jackets and masks and anti-bacterial spray/wipes for sword handles and other equipment.  Where the club provides protective clothing, swords, or other equipment to members, the members will be loaned this clothing or equipment for their personal use only until the pandemic has finished.

12.  Before vacating the building all door handles, surfaces, taps and anything that has come into contact with members will be sanitised with anti-bacterial wipes.

13.  Our normal Thursday evening session is from 18:00 to 21:30.  Younger members tend to arrive and depart in the first part of the evening, older members tend to arrive later.  Although we may have approximately 20 members fencing in the course of an evening, it is very rare to have more than 10-15 present at one time.  The hall is large and it will be easily possible to maintain social distancing for a group this size.

14.  Younger members are sometimes brought to the hall by parents/guardians/visitors, who may stay until their child has finished fencing.  The same rules regarding masks, hand washing, social distancing, etc. will be applied to these parents/guardians/visitors. 

With your patience and understanding we hope we can overcome what seems like ‘Draconian measures’ during this time. But it’s for our own safety and has to conform with both the TA Centre venue operators and British Fencing Covid-19 directives and guidelines.


Affiliations:
The club is affiliated to the British Fencing Association and the Surrey County Fencing Union.

 

   

 

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 Don:  0208 660 5730
Ray:  01689 846737
Mike: 01273 303625
 

 
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