[From a Press Release, 18 Oct, 2012]
Sway Fencing Club is on the lookout for new sponsors to help fund its activities following a surge in interest in the sport since the Olympics. It is based at the Sports Centre at Brockenhurst College, but has recently launched classes for beginners in Ringwood and on Waterside too.
There are about 50 members, plus guests, whose ages range from eight to sixty.Among them are the current ladies foil and epee champions for Hampshire, as well as two female cadet competitors with National rankings, who are now seeking international selection. But that’s not all…
The non-profit organisation has enjoyed considerable success since its’ founding in 1989, and has even trained members of the Great Britain Paralympic Squad.
Instructors from the club are currently undertaking a ten month course to improve their teaching skills, with the aim of attracting yet more promising fencers to the club.
In addition, several members were featured on BBC television earlier this year representing the British Fencing Association at the Chelsea Flower Show
Lymington’s Lashmars Tax Accountants is the latest business to sponsor the dynamic organisation in its’ ambitious plans to grow this modern martial art .
Aside from sponsoring the club generally, the local accountancy firm will be sponsoring prizes for the most accomplished junior members.
Robin Catling from the club told us: “As a self-funded, non-profit and volunteer-run organisation, the support of a sponsor will allow Sway Fencing Club further to promote and develop fencing in the New Forest.
“It is our ambition to assist junior and adult fencers with coaching, kit and travel through the competitive season.
“All this, along with the need for additional equipment and venues, becomes much more achievable with the help of Lashmars Tax Accountants.”
Peter Lashmar from Lashmars Tax Accountants said: “We’re delighted to be able to help such a worthy cause, which gives so much recreational pleasure to people of all ages.”