Update 27 July 2020
Well, it’s finally happened – Salle Eton is re-opening! Our first session will be next Monday, 3rd August, from 7-9 pm, and will be open to both senior and junior fencers. We are planning to run similar sessions on each Monday in August, prior to hopefully a full re-opening of both weekly sessions in September. (We may or may not meet on the August bank holiday, watch the Facebook page for further details.)
However, it will unfortunately NOT be business as usual. We are constrained to follow the guidelines for re-opening from British Fencing, which are in turn approved by the government. Therefore, the way we do things will be quite different for a while to come (how long, nobody knows).
Our new rules for running sessions are explained in the attached document. Please read it carefully and let James or myself know if you have any questions. It is a bit daunting (for us too!) and I’m sure we will modify things as we see how it all goes. Among the most important points to note are:
Numbers at each session will be limited to maintain the required distancing, so you need to book in advance using the ClubEvent app (see the rules for further instructions). We have quite a lot of space available but we reckon that our limit is about 18 people in total per session.
Parents will not be able to stay in the venue during the session to allow us room for as many fencers as possible. We’ll meet you separately outside the sports centre for discussions and to answer any questions.
Fencers must bring their own face covering (which must be worn at all times) and hand sanitizer, and a full bottle of water large enough to last the session.
Bring your own fencing kit if you have it – ideally everyone should have a mask and glove at the very least. If you don’t have this then come anyway and we will discuss this with you/your parents further.
Note that, for the first few weeks at least, everyone will be expected to do an extensive group warm-up with footwork and conditioning for the first half of the session (led by the coaches) to make sure that no injuries will be sustained when the serious business of fencing begins.
We are also asking everyone to confirm their contact details again please – this is needed so that we can trace anyone who attended a particular session. So please complete the attached form and return it to Rob via email or at the sessions.
Once we have found our feet I will be in touch again regarding the situation with payments of club fees. For those who were on our beginner courses when we shut down, we’ll give more details on this in September, but for now please feel free to come and get some exercise if you want to. One-to-one lessons may be rather limited at first however.
We believe that one of the club parents is considering setting up a WhatsApp group – let us know if you are interested in joining this and we will let you know more details when we have them.
Finally, we will be taking things gradually to find out what works and what doesn’t, but whatever we get up to, it will be great to see everyone again and we’ll make sure it is fun. Obviously, only come if you feel comfortable doing so, but hopefully the information here will assure you that we are doing all we can to minimise the risks.
Update 1 April 2020
In the current lockdown, the club is not meeting on its normally scheduled Mondays and Fridays at the Sabha Singh Sport Centre Slough. We are and will be guided by the UK Government and British Fencing as to when and how fencing can restart.
For the latest info please go to the club’s Facebook page here where there are regular updates - https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=%22salle%20eton%20fencing%22.
As required by British Fencing Association the Club has appointed a Covid 19 officer. Currently this is James Roberts our head coach. Any matters relating to Covid should be emailed to him in the first instance at
Club Management Committee
Salle Eton Covid-19 Documents
Forms & other Documents
Salle Eton Covid 19 Rules
This document details the rules all club members and visitors must comply with. It is based on the British Fencing guidance and complies with the latest government guidelines for Sport.