The University of Surrey Fencing Club needs your help to raise money for a much needed metal piste. Currently, we have to travel all the way to Oxford to compete. That's more than 120 miles per round trip! Not only is this impractical to carry all our kit/equipment on the train, staying in hotels is hardly ideal either (we all know nothing beats sleeping in our own bed). This is very time consuming but also very expensive for the club!
The University of Surrey Fencing club has four competing teams: two men's teams and two women's teams, all of which compete in BUCS. Our club is for people of all abilities, from complete novices right up to national level fencers who compete in the Commonwealth Games. We also have two experienced coaches who offer one-on-one lessons for all club members to help us reach our full potential.
The Fencing club supports This Girl Can.
This Girl Can is an initiative developed to help encourage female participation in activities throughout England by helping develop women’s confidence in activities, boost participation and ensure student well-being through activity involvement. For more information, visit http://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk
A piste is a piece of equipment we use to fence on. In fencing, like most other sports there are set playing areas and the piste defines these areas.
A metal piste is different to other types because it allows for easier movement and more reliable scoring. In fencing we wear electric wires which connect us to our scoring system (as seen in the picture below). The aim is to hit the metallic areas of your opponent, and the metal piste allows more confident refereeing decisions because this piste, unlike others, is grounded, meaning that our scoring system won't light up if someone hits the floor.
We have just been allocated the space at Surrey Sports Park to allow us to store a metal piste. Not only can we now compete at the highest level at home but we can now train with the appropriate equipment. With practice and experience on the metal piste, the likeliness of success will increase.
With your support we will be able to host higher level competitions, compete to a higher standard and allow our fencing club to achieve its full potential.
The funds from your support will be spent in the following ways:
2000 - will allow us to purchase, with additional sponsorship support, one sectional piste.
3000 - will allow us to purchase, with additional sponsorship support, both a sectional piste as well as a sectional piste trolley, this is the storage rack which is needed to accompany the piste.
4000 - will allow us to purchase all of the above with no additional support!
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.