Welsh Fencing

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

Welsh Fencing would like to Wish Steve Dignam a very happy retirement from full time coaching at Celtic Mini Fencing Club.

Steve set up the club with his wife Helen in 2012 and since then has contributed massively to grass roots fencing in Wales and led the way in the use of plastic fencing kit in the country.

We hope you enjoy your travels, spending time with your grandchild and getting back into fencing at Celtic Sword!

Our very best wishes.

Congratulations to all fencers who represented the Wales region at this years British Youth Championships!

The full results are.....



U12 Boys

 28 ,  Rhys   JACKSON 

 42 ,  Ryan   ZHANG 

 45 ,  Cai   EASTWOOD 

 47 ,  Lewys   EVANS 

U12 Girls

 11 ,  Ellie   THOMAS 

 18 ,  Amelie   RUSSELL 

 40 ,  Eloise   LLOYD 

 41 ,  Emily   BLUNT 

U14 Boys

 5 ,  Oliver   HOWARTH 

 31 ,  James   KLOSS 

 34 ,  Morgan   FOURACRE-EVANS 

 52 ,  Oliver   SKEEN 

U14 Girls

 37 ,  Rhiannon   CRAIG 

 40 ,  Seren   WILLIAMS 

U16 Boys

 12 ,  Rhodri   GIBBON 

 27 ,  Macsen   GRAVELLE 

U16 Girls

 24 ,  Louisa   BRITTON 

 25 ,  Phoebe   DAWE 

 32 ,  Megan   EDWARDS 

 33 ,  Olivia   BARBIERI 

U18 Boys

 13 ,  Man Kit   LEE 

 21 ,  Jack   DAVIES 

 34 ,  Matthew   WILLIAMS 

 40 ,  Daniel   CLAYS 

U18 Girls

 10 ,  Eleanor   REGNART-BUTLER 




U12 Boys

 16,  Rhys   JACKSON 

 21,  Cai   EASTWOOD 

 24,  Lewys   EVANS 

 39,  Martin   POWER 

U12 Girls

 24,  Ella   HULTON 

 32,  Amelie   RUSSELL 

U14 Boys

 32,  Morgan   FOURACRE-EVANS 

 39,  Richard   POWER 

 56,  Enzo   BOUWER 

U14 Girls

 3 ,  Rebecca   WREYFORD 

 6 ,  Ella   WILLIAMS 

 12 ,  Charlotte   SMITH 

 27 ,  Rhiannon   CRAIG 

 28 ,  Stephanie   WREYFORD 

U16 Boys

 14,  Edward   DON 

 16,  Dylan   BALLARD 

 54,  Miles   WADDINGTON 

U16 Girls

 6,  Abigail   WATKINS 

 14,  Louise   SADLER 

U18 Boys

 6 ,  Man Kit   LEE 

 33 ,  Rhys   WILLIAMS 

 40 ,  Daniel   CLAYS 

U18 Girls

 31 ,  Seren   ALLIN 




U12 Boys

 11 ,  Rhodri   BOORE 

 19 ,  Sebastian   EVANS REEVES 

 21 ,  Benjamin   EDWARDS 

 34 ,  James   CHENG 

U12 Girls

 18 ,  Amelie   RUSSELL 

 19 ,  Ella   HULTON 

U14 Boys

 24 ,  Dylan   GALAZKA 

 45 ,  Henry   NEWTON 

U14 Girls

 10 ,  Amy   WESTWELL 

 14 ,  Oriel   GRAY 

U16 Boys

 30 ,  Max   BRINDLE 

 36 ,  Samuel   WESTWELL 

U16 Girls

 2 ,  Stephanie Elizabeth   PHENNAH 

 5 ,  Erin   CORCORAN 

 15 ,  Alex   CLEMENT 

U18 Boys

 10 ,  Henry   TALBOT 

 15 ,  William   JOLLEY 

 36 ,  Ethan   EVANS 

U18 Girls


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.




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


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.

We are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the Welsh Open 2017.

This is scheduled to run over the weekend of 11/12 November, 2017.

Use the links below for full details, or to simply enter the event:

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As the international season is now in full swing Welsh Fencing would like to congratulate and wish the best of luck to the following Welsh fencers that have been selected to represent Great Britain:

Selected for Budapest Cadet Foil international:

  • Harri Hayes, Russell Swords

Selected for Godollo Cadet Sabre International:

  • Ian Ren, Russell Swords
  • William Jolley, Shakespeare Swords
  • Megan Ware Russell Swords
  • Erin Corcoran Russell Swords

Selected for Luxembourg Junior Epee International:

  • George Morris, Stockport Fencing Club
  • Jack Cafaro (res), Llantwit Major

Selected for Riga Junior Epee International:

  • George Morris, Stockport Fencing Club

Selected for Klagenfurt Cadet Epee International:

  • Abigail Watkins, Malvern
  • Louise Sadler, Malvern

Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches! We wish you every success.