Welsh Fencing

The News section. This presents information articles about people, clubs and events associated with Welsh Fencing.

Do you think you may be interested in supporting Welsh Fencing by volunteering to help? We always need help, and offering to help may not be an complicated or as time-consuming as you may think.  You may not actually need to do anything!  In some cases, just being at an event is sufficient. 

The first step is to apply for your DBS.  There is no charge for this, and Welsh Fencing will support this process to make it as simple as possible.  For information on how to apply for your DBS, see this page: http://welshfencing.org/index.php/information/dbsregistration.  If you need any help, contact Michael (dbs@welshfencing.org).

You may want to go a step further, and consider being a Club Welfare Officer, or Team Manager.  BFA regularly run Welfare and Team Manager training (http://britishfencing.com/courses/).  In fact, BFA are scheduling welfare training at the BYCs.  You can book for these here: http://britishfencing.com/courses/upcoming-courses/.

If you have any questions, or need more information, please just drop me a line: mark.ridsdale@welshfencing.org.



I am pleased to report that we have scheduled an Open Forum event for Saturday, 6th May, at 10am.  The venue will be the Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff.  The meeting will be in the Bute Suite.

This will not be a formal event, so please take the opportunity to come along and meet us.

We are interested to hear your thoughts about some ideas we have been developing over the last few months, including:

  • Proposals to add another selection event for U13/U15. We are currently considering Poland for our choice of 6W events;
  • Proposals around the Coach Education Strategy and its development in response to changes at BFA
  • Proposed changes to the youth development sessions
  • Proposed changes to youth events to support ref education & introduction/adherence to new Code of Conduct

Obviously, we are also keen to hear any other comments or feedback you may have.


I can announce that Peter Stewart has tendered his resignation from the Executive Board, with immediate effect.

I would like to thank him for his many years of unstinting hard work on behalf of Fencing in Wales. 

Mark Ridsdale

Happy New Year!

As usual, we are about to start our scheduled series of Youth Events, with foil scheduled for Sunday 15th Jan, and sabre and epee scheduled for Sunday 29th Jan.  We are looking for volunteer referees to support these events.  Its not a huge commitment, but makes a massive impact into the running of these events.  Please let me know if you, or anyone at your club, are able to come along and referee.

Please share this with your fencing friends and club colleagues.  The more refs we have, the better!!

Mark Ridsdale


The Welsh Youth Sabre has been re-scheduled, and will now take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 29th January.  This is to accommodate the clash with the Stratford Sabre LPJS.

The Welsh Youth Epee will still take place on the morning of the 29th January, with check-in scheduled between 9:00 and 9:30 am.  The Youth Sabre event will follow, with check-in scheduled for 1:00 to 1:30pm.

This year’s Senior 5 Nations competition was hosted by England at the Manchester Fencing Centre on 5th November. This was my first visit to the venue and I was hugely impressed to see a dedicated fencing venue with 16 permanent metallic pistes, in a Victorian cotton mill that was completely unused only a year ago. This has been set up entirely by 3 local coaches with no central funding – a really inspiring story.

For all the results to the Welsh Open 2016, simply follow the link:


You may also want to pencil in the dates for the Welsh Open 2017: 11 & 12 November, 2017