Return To Sport 2 – Revenge of the Sport

We are back!
Or at least, partly back.

Training for U18s resumes on Tuesday November 10th in our usual venue at St Johns primary school at 7pm. We are hoping to welcome back our adult members later in the month.

Thursdays will resume for U18s at 6pm in the Olinda Community Hall from the 12th.

Saturdays resume for U18s at 10:30am on November 14th.
Please note that Saturdays are also at St Johns, 494 Whitehorse Rd Mitcham for the rest of the year. 10:30am-12:30pm only.

E-mails have been sent out with full details and our Covid-safe plans. If you haven’t received them, please get in touch with the committee!

Make sure you bring a face mask if you are aged 12+, water bottle, and your own personal kit (either purchased or hired from the club).
You also need to sign up via Sign-up Genius.

For your easy reference, here are the documents you need to look at before you come back to fencing, and the links to sign up for sessions.

Sign-up Genius Links

This is the link for Tuesdays at Mitcham
This is the link for Saturdays at Mitcham
This is the link for Thursdays at Olinda

Covid-Safe Documents

Return to Play Plan

Covid-Safe Plan for Mitcham

Covid-Safe Principles

Zoom Training Sessions

Sadly we are all still in lock-down and it looks unlikely we’ll be back to normal training sessions before November.

So, we have some Zoom sessions for you to stay in touch and prepare yourself to the eventual return to sport!

Topic: Tuesday U13 Fencing Fitness
Time: 5pm – 5.30 pm, starting Sept 22nd
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Topic: Tuesday Open Fencing Fitness
Time: 7pm – 8pm, starting Sep 22
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Topic: Saturday U13 Fencing Fitness
Time: 9am – 9.30am, starting Sep 19
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Topic: Saturday Open Fencing Fitness
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm, starting Sep 26
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Please log in about five minutes before your session starts.  There will be time allowed for question and answers after each session.  Wear comfortable clothes and sports shoes.  No fencing blade will be needed, but a tennis ball would be useful.

There will also be worksheets to keep you busy at home between sessions.

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Return To Sport

Fencing is set to return, but with a few changes to the way things work.

As always, we remain committed to supporting our members and keeping the financial barrier to entry in our sport as low as possible. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, or find anything in the new procedures to be a problem, please talk to us!

Start Dates

Mitcham – Tuesday June 23rd, 7pm-9pm.
Nunawading – Saturday June 27th, 10am-12pm
Olinda – Term 3 July 16th, TBC

Note that we are starting with holiday timetable. Regular classes resume in Term 3.

Membership Payments

Membership payments will resume from July / Q3.
All members are welcome to join the two June sessions at no charge (but remember to tell us you are coming!)

Members who pay annually will be contacted by the treasurer to discuss reimbursement for Q2.

Limits on Class Sizes

Initially we are limited to groups of 10, and a maximum of 20 people in the venue.

We don’t expect this to be an issue during the first few weeks, but to make sure no one is left out in the cold we will be asking fencers to pre-register online.
Arrangements for Term 3 will be confirmed closer to time.

This is the sign up link for Tuesday night sabre

This is the link for Saturday morning epee and sabre:

We also ask parents not to stay in the venue during classes if possible. Again, we know most of you appreciate the chance to grab a coffee or do some shopping while the kids fence, so this shouldn’t too hard to achieve.

There will social distancing and cleaning procedures, which the coaches will walk you through when you arrive at the venue.

Equipment – No Sharing!

Our biggest change for the post-COVID era is that we can no longer allow sharing of masks, jackets and gloves. It is recommended that all fencers purchase their own complete set of kit.
Club masks, jackets and gloves will be made available for hire for those who cannot purchase their own, but sizes and quantity are limited. We will also do our best to source 2nd hand equipment for people.

We will continue to provide chest plates, bodywires, and weapons. They will need to be cleaned after use, by the person who used them. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitiser will be provided.

The coaches kit will be reserved for use by Beginners, and no longer available for casual use. We will only be able to cater for beginners at specified beginner sessions, so that borrowed kit can be monitored and cleaned appropriately.
(Sorry, no bring-a-friend days for a while!)

Club Merchandise

Need to update your wardrobe?
We are putting in a clothing order, so send in your orders for Hoodies, Jackets, T-shirts etc for delivery at fencing.
We also have shiny new water bottles for sale!

Term 3 Fencing

Welcome to term 3, and fencing in the Covid-19 era!

Important things to remember:
Book you place
No equipment sharing!
Arrive on time
Use the hand sanitiser when you arrive
Maintain social distance
Stick to your training group – including the bags!
Depart promptly at the end of your session
Use the sanitiser again on your way out

New Members

We are able to accept beginner members in the following groups:
Saturday U12. 9:30-10:30am, starting July 18th.
Monday Beginner Class, Teens & Adults. 7pm-8:30, stating July 20th
Tuesday U11. 7:30-8:30, starting July 14th.

We are also taking expressions of interest for an U8 class earlier on Tuesdays.

Term 3 Timetable

The timetable is a work in progress, and will be updated depending on numbers enrolled and current restrictions.


9am – Doors Open
9:15 – 9:30, U12 Fencing Class Arrives
9:45 – 10am, Epee Squad Arrives
10:15 – 10:30, U12 Fencing Class Departs
10:30 – 10:45, U15 Squad Arrives
10:45 – 11:00, Senior Squad Arrives
12:15 – 12:30pm, Epee Squad Departs
12:30-12:45, U15 Squad Departs
12:45 – 1pm, Senior Squad Departs


6:50 – 7pm, doors open, Beginner Class Arrives
7pm – 7:15, Mixed Squad Arrives
8:20 – 8:30, Beginner Class Departs
8:30 – 8:45, Mixed Squad Departs


6:50 – 7pm, Junior Squad Arrive
7pm – 7:10pm, Senior Squad Arrive
8:15 – 8:30pm, Junior Squad Depart
9pm-9:15pm, Senior Squad Depart


Melbourne is returning to Stage 3 lock-down, so no more fencing. At this stage we are looking at 6 weeks break, but as always we shall keep you posted on further developments.

There will no fencing tonight (Tuesday July 7th).

Membership payments are back on hold.
You can still order club merchandise for when you return.
If you have borrowed club equipment, keep it safe until we return.

Stay home, stay safe, practice your footwork.

Club Sabre Competition

This is a training competition to help everyone gain experience and become familiar with how it works.

U13 competition starts at 9:30 (warm-up followed by pools.  Exhaustive DE)

Open competition starts at 10:30 (warm-up followed by pools, then DE)


While the fencers compete, Jenny will be running a parents information session starting 10am (you have time to grab a coffee first).
She will attempt to answer all your questions about the world of fencing competition.

Women’s Sabre Class

This class is aimed at women aged 40+, but all adult women are welcome to attend.

The 16 week class has been heavily subsidised by a Vichealth  Active Club grant.

Your total cost is $125, which includes affiliation with Fencing Victoria, club membership, as well as all equipment and coaching at the classes.

Classes run for 90 minutes every Wednesday from 7pm.