Colchester & District Fencing Club (CADS)
General Note - The Saturday Junior Club was formed in 1990 to provide Colchester and District Fencing Club with a dedicated junior section to the club. This section runs for most of the year with occasional break and is conveniently located in the Highwoods area of the town meeting in the Activity Hall of the Gilberd School. Full address, times and other information can be found below.
The club aims to offer fencing to youngsters (8 to 18 years) at reasonable cost in a safe and friendly environment with tuition being provided by experienced BFA registered coaches. This is strictly a junior only club with the only exception being when there are trainee adult coaches who are under instruction and supervision.
Being a satellite club of Colchester and District Fencing Club the Junior Club operates under their constitution and a leaflet setting out guidelines and information is issued to all members and coaches. Although part of CADS this section is separately financed from the Main Club therefore having its own rates and charges.
Where do we meet - Highwoods Sports and Leisure Centre, The Gilberd School, Brinkley Lane, Colchester CO4 9PU (As per weekday club)
Times - The club meets on Saturdays with classes run hourly and members may attend for more than one hour if they wish at additional cost. Classes are of mixed age and experience of fencing.
14:00 to 15:00 Weapons taught - foil, epee and sabre*
15:00 to 16:00 Weapons taught - foil, epee and sabre*
16:00 to 17:00 Weapons taught - foil, epee and sabre *
*Currently there is very little sabre being taught
Fees - £47.00 for ten weeks for members attending one hour a week, payment being per ten week period. £60.00 for ten weeks for members attending two or more hours per week, payment per ten week period. Cheques are payable to L N Taylor BAF
Dates - when we return in September following our summer break the first ten dates are:-
16-09-17 23-09-17 30-09-17 07-10-17 14-10-17
No club 21-10-17
28-10-17 04-11-17 11-11-17 18-11-17 25-11-17
The first three of the next ten are:-
02-12-17 09-12-17 16-12-17 the remaining dates after the seasonal break will be added later.
Age requirement - Members are accepted from the age of eight years to eighteen years
Affiliation - All members must join the British Fencing Association (BFA). Please see their website for information. CADS Junior Club is an affiliated club of the British Fencing Association and is also a section within Colchester and District Fencing Club, the coaches are also registered with British Fencing.
Clothing - While you will be expected to purchase your own clothing and equipment in time, the club does have items of both which may be borrowed at the club by new inexperienced members. To take part you will need to wear a T-shirt, tracksuit trousers and trainers plus the fencing specific clothing.
Refreshments - You are advised to bring some drink with you, water is fine but fizzy drinks are not recommended. There are some vending machines at the Sports Centre reception.
Awards - The club does operate an award scheme for members who meet at least one of the following criteria
1. Good competition results over a sustained period
2. Continued improvement and development in a member's fencing
3. For supporting and assisting in the running of the club
The award generally takes the form of a certificate, a letter of acknowledgement and a nominal monetary award. Other awards may also be made for recognition for specific events etc.
Note - This is strictly a junior club.
Cancellation of classes - Very rarely a class may need to be cancelled; for example if there was an emergency at the Sports Centre. In such an event notification will be made on the Home Page of this website as soon as it is known and will be posted not normally later than midday of the day of the class. If you see this posting please email to confirm you have read it. I will then attempt to contact those who have not seen the posting by email / phone.
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