It is with sadness that we are closing the club.
The cost of the current venue has become prohibitive for the club to remain there during these challenging times. The current building work on the school site has been further delayed due to the lockdown, so in our view does not support the ability to enter or exit the building safely whilst keeping social distancing. We have been unable to source a suitable venue in the area that would allow for the club to continue operating in Redhill or Reigate, even with revised guidelines.
We will keep the social media accounts and the website online for a while, but we will be redirecting and advising fencers to join Crawley Sword fencing club, located at the K2 centre. Ian is currently working with Crawley Sword to try accommodating the RREC fencers and coaches. Currently this can only be done on a Monday or a Wednesday night, but we are enquiring about options to use the K2 on a Tuesday night as well. Cheryl Deamer has been copied onto this email and would welcome all fencers from the club to ask any questions they may have.
Chris and I would like to thank all the fencers, coaches and parents who often volunteered for the club and made it a special place to enjoy the sport. We are immensely proud of the fencers and coaches that have developed through RREC. We would also like to give a special mention to Jane Stuart, who continued to volunteer and support the club for a long time after Jamie and Josh had left the club. So, thank you from Chris, Ian and everyone from the club.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Ian on 07749 108568.
The club specialises in epee fencing.
Intermediate, Advanced and Elite Epeeists are welcome.
These courses will run on Tuesdays for 8 weeks. Sessions are designed for children from the age of 8 and above and are suitable for those with little or no previous fencing experience. The intention of the course is to show that fencing is fun, safe and helps children get active.
For adult beginners courses, please contact Crawley Sword Fencing Club.
Course 1 : 8th October to 3rd December 2019 (Excludes 22nd October)
Course 2 : 7th January to 25th February 2019
Times : Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm (arrive at 7.20)
Age Group : From 8 to 14 years old
Cost : £80.00. This fee covers the use of equipment.
Clothing : Participants should wear a suitable short-sleeve T-shirt, stretchy (tracksuit) trousers, and trainers with non marking soles.
Facilities : The course will run within the sports hall where there are changing facilities and showers. However, fencers are advised to bring their own drink and snack for convenience.
How to Apply? If you want to try out fencing and enrol on the course, please complete the following link. https://forms.gle/5Vi3joxcvEYV7CvBA
Space on the course is strictly limited, so please apply soon to avoid disappointment.
Tuesday evening 7.15pm - 9:30pm
Thursday evening 7.15pm - 9.30pm
Footwork sessions for all fencers 7.15pm - 7.30pm every night.
We are required to be off site by 9.45pm
We are usually open all through the Easter and Summer holidays with a week or two off over the Christmas period. Any closures dates will be shown on this page.
Sports Hall at Dunottar School, High Trees Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7EL (click for map)
As you enter the main school entrance, the sports hall is on the left. Please park your car in the main car park which can be found by following the road past the main school building.
£10 nightly club entry fee (This fee does not include lessons).
For individual lessons book in advance at the club, £10 for 15 minutes. These are paid directly to the coach.
Please note that no adult kit will be available to borrow for club sessions so please ensure that you bring all your own equipment.
Ian Lichfield is the lead coach at RREC and a current GB Coach with the Athlete Development Program. Started coaching at the club in May 2012. He coaches all ages and levels, in less than seven years coaching Ian has coached National and International level fencers. The following pupils to name but a few...
Previous pupils include:-
Taran Nicholls qualified as a coach in 2007. Represented Great Britain at cadet, junior and senior level, including the U23 European champs. The head coach for the South East pentathlon cadet squads for their fencing discipline. Runs the New Ash Green epee club in Kent.
Paul Beasley qualified as a coach in 2012, and now coaches full-time in schools and clubs in the South East. Having been a cagey competitor on the British senior circuit for many years, Paul now spends most of his spare time working out how to maximise the strengths of his pupils.
Tom Edwards qualified as an epee, and foil, coach in 2011 and has coached in clubs, schools, and universities as well as supporting the British Modern Pentathlon squad. He is a former British Champion, British Number One, and double Commonwealth medallist. Now having stopped competing, he is looking to use his experience to help others at the club reach their potential.
Alex Edwards qualified as a coach in 2013, he is combining his coaching and fencing to both compete at a high level and pass on his knowledge to others at the club. Represented Wales at senior level and competed at the Senior Commonwealth Games individual and in the team. Also part of the British Army and UK Armed Forces squads.
Redhill & Reigate Epee Club was founded by Chris Howser in 2002.
Chris was the British Epee Champion (2005), is a former British Number 1 at Epee, has represented Great Britain and England at World, European and Commonwealth Championships, winning Silver Medals at the Commonwealths in 1994, 2002 & 2006.
In June 2012, Chris passed the management of the club to Ian Lichfield to continue the development of the fencers and the club. In that time RREC has continued to develop some of the countries top epee fencers and pentathletes at all ages and become a leading Epee club in Great Britain.
RREC continues to attract fencers who regularly travel to attend to sessions due to the top level coaching and sparring that is available to them. The club remains welcome and open to any fencers or coaches who wish to attend.
For more information about Redhill & Reigate Epee Club either:
Come and visit us in person on Tuesday or Thursday evening
Or email the club on - firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Ian on 07749 108568