About GSSV Donar 1881

The student fencing club of Groningen

GSSV Donar 1881 is the student fencing club of Groningen. We are open to students of the University of Groningen and the Hanzehogeschool Groningen (until a year after graduating), and we can also allow a limited number of non-student members each year. We are a mixed club with about half of our members coming from the Netherlands, and the other half from abroad. We are also very mixed age-wise with members ranging from first year Bachelor students to PhD students and even some staff members of the University and the Hanzehogeschool. If you're interested in becoming a member, check out our membership page for more information.

We train twice a week at the ACLO sports centre. Our training is open to people of all skill levels. If you're interested in trying fencing for the first time or you just want to see how our training sessions look, feel free to drop by! Additionally, there is the possibility to follow a five-week beginners' course, where you will learn basic fencing techniques. Check out our training page for more information!

Once a week after training we have a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) together, and often share some snacks. Throughout the year there are several recurring social events such as Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas), a club tournament followed by a BBQ in the garden of one of our coaches, and the Ranzig Schermtoernooi (Dirty Fencing Tournament) which is an all-night team tournament in a bar, where teams compete in fencing and fencing-related games.

Hope to see you soon at one of our training sessions!