Fencing at Cavs is starting again!

Fencing at Cavs is starting again
Arriving and departing
Procedure – what you’ll need to do differently at sessions
Session Times
Beginners & Bladez
More informationLego fencers salute 🥳 Fencing at Cavs is starting again from next week! 🥳
Our normal venue, ECU Sport and Fitness Mt Lawley, is opening for club sessions from Monday 15th June. We will all need to do our part in following COVID-19 Safe rules, both for the safety and wellbeing of our members and the public and to ensure that the venue can remain open for us and others.You can download the club’s COVID Safety Plan here.Arriving and Departing
Doors to the gym will be locked – all entries must be via the lift in the car park. This is because of state laws requiring entrance via a reception area. Maximum of four people at a time in the lift, to maintain social distancing. 

The underground car park can be used on weekends and from 4:30pm onwards on weekdays without penalties. Or you can park outside and walk down to the lift via the stairs on the left of the north entrance. 

Upon arrival, every attendee must enter their contact details into the session’s register, which will be available in the court. This is a requirement for entry. If you are feeling unwell, are in close contact with a suspected case of COVID-19, or have recently returned from overseas, do not come to a fencing session. 

We will be following the AFF/AIS COVID-times mantra of get in – train – get out: for the time being, only fencers and coaches can enter the venue – no spectators, social members or family members*. All fencers must hold FWA state memberships. We have a maximum number of 50 people because the combined indoor courts, including other clubs’ bookings, have a legal limit of 100 persons. The venue will not be allowing any casual entries – only club members for booked sessions and people who have booked gym sessions. 

* Note: junior fencers under 16 may have a maximum of one non-fencing guardian attending, subject to number limits.

What to do and expect
Scoring equipment: set-up and take-down of scoring equipment will be done by assigned volunteers, who will clean their hands beforehand and afterwards. All equipment will be sanitised before and after use. Remote controls will not be available.

Distancing and Hygiene: remember to wash your hands well and often and remember no handshakes after bouts. Hand sanitisers will be available at the venue entrances and also at each pair of scoring boxes on the pistes. We expect everyone to use the sanitisers before and after clipping on to scoring equipment. Maintain social distancing (2sqm each – stay 1.5m apart) including when refereeing, between bouts, and during drop-off of fencers.

Personal equipment: You must not share any fencing equipment (weapons, body/mask wires, gloves or other protective clothing). If you hire equipment from the club, we will allocate you a set of gear to use and maintain. You can see more details in newsletter #4, emailed on 3 June. 

Venue facilities: the changerooms and water fountains at the venue can be used, but please keep to social distancing guidelines. Water fountains should only be used for refilling bottles – every fencer should bring their own (unshared!) water bottle. Session Times 
Some session times will change, as the venue can only open whilst staffed. Also, due to the requirement for sanitising equipment after use, all bouts must finish half an hour before the end of a session.Monday evenings (State Foil Training) – 6-8pm. Fencing bouts end by 7:30pm.Wednesday evenings: 6:30-9pm. Fencing bouts end by 8:30pm.Saturday afternoons*: 2-4:30pm. Fencing bouts end by 4pm* Bladez sessions will start at 1pm from July – see the Bladez & Beginners section below.Beginners & Bladez
Beginners & Bladez sessions will be starting around school term three, which will let us refine our new ways of working beforehand. We will be emailing details to these groups within the next month. The unconfirmed start dates are 18 July for Beginners and 25 July for Bladez.

More Information
ECU Sports & Fitness and Cavalier School of Fencing recommend that the COVIDSafe App be downloaded and used, although this will not be enforced. 

For information about membership, including how your term two and three fees will be credited, please check out our newsletter #4 and the 3 April email update. 

Looking forward to seeing you on the piste! 

The ECU Cavalier School of Fencing aims to provide a safe and efficient structure with a friendly inclusive environment in which to enjoy the sport of fencing, where individual ambitions and skills may be pursued and developed.
To provide opportunities to participate and excel at all levels, with strong membership, appropriate coaching and sound resources.
Goals• Further the sport of fencing• Provide adequate opportunities for participation in fencing• Encourage sportsmanship in fencing• Endeavour to provide professional coaching and officiating by means of
  high and consistent standards, using best practice methods• Promote sociability amongst members• Provide efficient and effective administration• Maintain financial viability
Fencers at ECU Mt LawleyCopyright © 2020 ECU Cavaliers School of Fencing, All rights reserved.

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Temporary Closedown of Fencing Sessions

At Cavs, the health and well-being of our members, their families, and the wider community is of the highest importance to us. Given the rapidly changing, world-wide COVID-19 situation, the committee has come to the conclusion that club sessions should be temporarily closed. This is to reinforce community social distancing and other measures recommended by health authorities.

As a result of this decision, there will be no fencing session this Saturday 21 March. The current plan is to return around the first week of the second WA school term, at the end of April/start of May. Please keep an eye out for updates through this email channel and Facebook about our next session dates. You can also find information from the wider fencing community at theFencing WA and Fencing Australia websites.

Summary:Fencing sessions at ECU Cavalier School of Fencing will be suspended temporarily to help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus.There will be no session on Saturday 21 March.Return dates planned for end April/start May.This decision was not taken lightly, and takes into account the emerging situation in Australia and overseas, including temporary closures and postponements affecting fencing clubs and events around the world. It is our belief that early measures will help reduce and shorten long-term impacts of the pandemic in our community. Just like you, we hate to miss out on fencing time – but we hope that doing our bit now will help everyone get back to normal that much quicker.
I would like to thank you all for your patience whilst the committee has been resolving the best course of action to deal with the constantly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Temporarily closing club sessions is not a decision we take lightly but one we found necessary. Above all else, we value the health and safety of all club members and their families, and we want to make sure we’ve done all we can to help protect you and the wider community from possible infection.

We will continue to monitor the situation and I look forward to seeing you all when club sessions resume.

Llewelyn Foley
President, ECU Cavalier School of Fencing
Our fencing coaches will be collating fencing resources to send out to you, so you can keep your hand in between now and the next session. We’d love to hear from you all as well! Please keep in contact and keep our community going online, for example via our Facebook page

All the best from the ECU Cavalier School of Fencing Committee.

Welcome to 2020

Start to the 2020 Fencing Year
The first session of 2020 starts at 2pm on Saturday 1 February.

Please make sure you register for the year at http://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=37362. If you have any questions or have any difficulties with registering, please contact us atsecretary@cavaliers.com.au

Attention Bladez Parents:
The first day back for Bladez term one is 8 February 2020, running until 4 April.

Welcome to the 2020 Committee and Office Holders

Congratulations to our 2020 committee members and other office holders, and many thanks for volunteering your time to keep Cavaliers running smoothy!

Incoming Committee for 2020:President – Llewelyn FoleyVice-President – Drew FoleySecretary – Elizabeth-Kate GullandTreasurer – Belinda Schmolke General Committee Member (Registrar) – Katrina MacKinnonOther positions:Coaching Co-Ordinator: Sven HeinRegistrar: Katrina MacKinnonEquipment Officer: Perry RuffoAssistant Equipment Officer: Drew FoleyArmourer: Perry RuffoSocial Officer: Kieran Martin-ChittendenBladez Coordinators: VacantMember Protection Officer: Andrew ChandranFirst Aid Co-Ordinator: Elizabeth-Kate GullandTournament Officer: Antonio RuffoSocial Media Manager: Tom AustinClub Handicap Trophy and CompetitionsThe 2019 Mike Middleton Club Handicap Trophy will be presented at the Saturday session on 15 February, at 2:30pm.

The first handicap events of 2020 will be held on:Foil – 8 FebruarySabre – 15 FebruaryEpee – 22 FebruaryUpcoming state and interstate competitions (Junior)

The first state-level competitions are already coming up fast! Junior (i.e. under 20) state competitions are running on 1 and 2 February. Remember that you will need to be registered with Fencing WA before competing. FWA Membership 2020

The first interstate competition of the year, also for Juniors, will be in Melbourne from 14-16 February.

Beginners’ Fencing Course
Do you know someone aged 13 or above interested in trying fencing? Our first beginner’s course will run from 22 February to 4 April. Registrations are now open at https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=37504.

How about kids aged 9-12? Contact us at secretary@cavaliers.com.au about trying out at a Bladez sessions, which run from 1-2 pm on Saturdays during school terms.

Cleaned Club Equipment
Thank you very much to the volunteers who cleaned club jackets, plastrons, and breeches at the end of 2019! Could you please bring them back for the first session.

Also, a big thank you to the volunteers who have offered to stock-take and check over our other equipment during the first session.

First Aid course availability

In early February, we are organising a senior first aid certificate course for our club coaches. If you are interested in attending a first aid course yourself – either as a new trainee or for a refresher – we can include you in this course for less than an the cost of individual enrolments. This would also help to reduce club costs, as well as ensuring a good group of attendees for the course!

We estimate a cost of around $100 per person, or even less depending on numbers. Please contact us at secretary@cavaliers.com.au to register your interest.

Club t-shirtsWe still have some Cavaliers club t-shirts available. Contact Sven to see what we have in your size!