Charitable Incorporated Organisation
The Epée Club established The Epée Club Charitable Fund - Charity Registration Number 1159346 - in March 2015. Its charitable purpose is "the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of financial assistance to enable members of the public to participate in the sport of épée fencing at all levels."
There are three Trustees, all of whom are reputable members of the épée community:
The three trustees have joined with the British Epée Squad Manager (Jon Willis) and British Epée Weapons Manager (Dr Lindsay Bottoms) to help identify where funds can be used to develop a viable one, three and five year strategy plan to produce a successful épée squad at international level by 2021.
Donations are invited from all members of the fencing community to fulfil this remit. All donors will receive an acknowledgement and regular updates - see below for these - on how their donations are helping to achieve the further development of épée within the UK.
Please click the above logo to go to our JustGiving page, alternatively donations can be made via BACS transfer payable to:
The Epée Club Charitable Fund
Sort Code: 30-98-45
Account Number: 67781468
Or by cheque payable to 'The Epée Club Charitable Fund', and send to: Lawrence Burr, Treasurer ECCF, The Granary, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 1AA.
Following the good work from our juniors at the back end of last year we have finished the season ranked 17th in the world with the men's team and 12th in the world with the women's team. The difference of having a coach at the last 2 events of the season was evidential.
The cadets did really well at the Cadet European Championships too with the men's team coming 8th which was excellent and 2 of the 3 are cadets again next year. The women however stole the show with an amazing team silver medal at the Europeans. To put it quite simply, for quite some time GB haven't won team medals in épée; we changed that this year!
The men just missed out on a team medal of their own at the U23 European Championships. We pushed for a whole team to be selected for the U23 Championships (we were the only weapon to send a full team) and the men fenced well and finished 4th, beating Russia along the way. Really good results which did not get much coverage.
On the Senior front, David Keszler has started running GB senior squad training sessions; he is doing this free of charge, giving up his time to help the cause. Leon Paul are donating their training centre for free so the fencers only have the cost of turning up. We invite the top 15 for the men's and women's rankings plus the top 3 juniors and cadets. This is now a monthly session which we will look to increase the frequency of going forwards.
The Epée Club CIO has made its first major grant to Owen Jordan following an application from Jon Willis.
The objective is to get Owen, in his last year as a Junior, into the top 10 in the world rankings. To achieve this he will go to all the World Cups. Leon Paul sponsor his kit and this grant will enable Owen to go to the World Cups in the Americas. He recently came third in the Epée Club Cup against strong opposition.