Hello again everybody,
To participate in sessions, you will need FWA membership for insurance purposes. The good news is this is a once-off fee - if you have already paid membership for 2020, you are already covered!
With social distancing measures to fight COVID-19 starting to relax, we are raring to go! There is a bit to do before we can jump back into fencing, but we are working with our venue at ECU Mt Lawley alongside fencing bodies FWA and AFF to get back into it as smoothly, safely, and swiftly as we possibly can. This newsletter is all about what to expect from Cavs over the next few weeks and months, and how we will start getting back into fencing.
When can we go back? How does this affect beginners and Bladez classes? How do we keep within social distancing guidelines, including group size limits? What is being done to keep equipment sanitised?
There are a few things to organise before we can start our sessions again, and they may look a little different at first, but we are as keen as you to get started as soon as possible.
As soon as we find out more from our venue about when we can go back, we will be sending out a newsletter with dates, times, and details of any restrictions. We are working towards a date for reopening by the end of June.
WA Phase 3 recovery starts on 6 June and includes larger groups at venues. We are in contact with ECU Mt Lawley gym so we can respond quickly as soon as the venue re-opens for clubs.
There will still be physical distancing rules, and other requirements are likely. These are yet to be confirmed, but could include registration of contact details at sessions, number limits depending upon other users of the gym, and use of hand sanitisers (we will be providing these and ECU is likely to also). We'll keep you posted as we find out more.
Everyone will need to use our provided hand sanitisers at the pistes before and after connecting or disconnecting from electronic scoring boxes. We will make sure that scoring equipment is cleaned before set-up and after take-down. Equipment will not be available from club cabinets, but those who hire equipment will be catered for (see Equipment hire below).
As for club fees, you can find details in our 3 April newsletter. We are very grateful for those of you who have been able to support us during the shut-down, and would like to remind you that any fees you paid for terms 2 & 3 will be credited towards 2021 membership. We understand that everyone's circumstances are different, so please contact us if you would like a refund of fees.
For members who are hiring gear from the club, we are allocating sets of equipment for individual use, as sharing of equipment is not allowed due to social distancing rules. Some members who attended the last couple of sessions before shutdown have already been allocated gear. If you normally hire club equipment but were not at those sessions, we will be able to set you up once we return to sessions. Drop us an email to let us know what you need.
A reminder that all full members are expected to provide their own gloves and body/mask wires, so these are not included in hires.
Here's some tips about equipment care from our VP Drew, so you're ready to go as soon as sessions can restart:
Beginners & Bladez
- Plastron and jacket – Cold wash in machine with light detergent (non oxidising) spin dry and peg out to dry in shade. No direct sunlight and no driers.
- Lames – warm water wash only, like in the shower after fencing. No detergent. Hang out to drip dry in shade. No Spin dry or direct sunlight.
- Masks – No wash required for the time that this item is expected to be used. However if washing is desired, then wash in warm soapy water (non oxidising detergent - a little shampoo is what we use), rinse well in clean fresh water and sit to dry in shade. I advise that mask drying can take days as the foam padding retains the water. Masks are also sanitised when someone leaves the club at the end of a session with misted iso-propynol (100%).
- Weapons – no cleaning required.
As advised earlier this year, beginners will be able to join in the next beginners' course, giving you a few extra weeks of lessons at no extra cost! We will send out notices as soon as dates are confirmed for the next course.
For Bladez memberships, as for other Cavs memberships, any fees paid towards terms 2 and 3 this year will be credited to 2021. We will also add some extra Saturday sessions in later this year to make up for Bladez sessions lost from term one. We will let you know the restart date as soon as we can confirm it, and at least one week before we start.
Keep in touch on social media and look out for news as it comes out, both from Cavs and from other fencers, other clubs, and online fencing resources around Australia and the World. :)
As soon as we have session details and start dates, we will send out updates via newsletter and Facebook. Looking forward to seeing you all back on the piste soon!