Welsh Fencing

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

I am pleased to announce that Welsh Fencing has scheduled a Foil & Epee Refereeing Course for Sunday 11th, December 2016.

The course will be run by FIE referee, Lynne Melia, and will be a very useful and an enjoyable experience. The assessment is optional, so don't be intimidated, you can simply attend to expand your knowledge and understanding if you like. The course starts at 10am and will run until roughly 4pm, at the Sport Wales National Centre (Sophia Suite 1).

Places will be limited so please let me know (webmaster@welshfencing.org) if you are interested in attending.

There is no charge for this course.


What a weekend for the welsh team at this year’s School Games at Loughborough University!

The whole team were a credit to themselves, their clubs and their country as they showed grit and determination to do their best, and a tremendous team spirit in helping and supporting others.

The Sports Participation Manager at the University of South Wales is looking for a replacement Fencing Instructor, following the retirement of the previous instructor. He had previously taught during University Term Time, Fridays 5:00-6:30pm, but the day and time of future sessions is flexible. The course will run at the Treforest Sports Centre, and is due to start in Sept - Dec and then continue Jan - April.

The rate is £23.96 per hour and they have all their own equipment.

For further information, or to apply for the role, please contact the Sports Participation Manager direct.  Her name is Emma Gholamhossein, and her contact email is emma.gholamhossein@southwales.ac.uk.

It is our intention to collect the various Welsh fencing trophies so that they can be assessed for insurance purposes, and also repaired where necessary.

In the first instance, if you currently have one of our trophies, please could you drop me an email to confirm what you have.


Peter Stewart

IanRenOne of the biggest weekends on the fencing calendar, the Cadet and Junior British National Championships took place at Sports Dock, UEL Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.

Inspired perhaps by the Wales football win the Friday night before, Welsh fencers took to the piste with a skip in their step and determination to achieve their best.

Ian Ren of Russell Swords was declared the first British Champion of the weekend in Cadet Men's Sabre. A huge achievement at the age of 15.

Congratulations to all the fencers who took part, and best of luck for the rest of the season!

For the full set of Welsh results, click here...

I have received a request from a new fencing club:

"I would like to set up a new fencing club at the Aberdare Campus of Coleg y Cymoedd, however I would need a coach to run the club. We would be willing to pay an hourly salary for the time spent at the club by the coach. We would be flexible regarding the times and days of the sessions, however ideally a Wednesday afternoon and/or Tuesday evenings would be preferable. If you know of anyone that would be interested in helping to run this new club then please feel free to pass on my details to them so that we can discuss the details further."

If you are interested in this role, please email me and I will supply the contact details.

Mark Ridsdale



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

Another year and another lot of fantastic results to report. This year we took home 14 top 8 finishes, 5 of those being top 4 and one of those a finalist!

Special mentions to:

  • Erin Cocoran - SILVER U14 girls sabre
  • Megan Ware - BRONZE U16 girls sabre
  • Amy Westwell - BRONZE U12 girls sabre
  • Ian Ren - BRONZE U16 boys sabre
  • Henry Talbot - BRONZE U18 boys sabre
  • Gracie Jenkins - 5th Under 14 girls sabre
  • Heulwen Hill - 5th U18 girls foil
  • Abigail Watkins - 5th U16 girls epee
  • Dylan Galazka - 6th U12 boys sabre
  • Charlotte Smith - 7th U12 girls epee
  • Rhiannon Craig - 8th U12 girls epee
  • Jack Cafaro - 8th U18 boys epee
  • Max Brindle - 8th U14 boys sabre
  • Amy Chapman-Parsons - 8th U16 girls sabre

Medals aside, the Welsh contingency showed support not only for fellow club mates, but as a whole body. It was fantastic to watch everyone come together, congratulate and encourage each other throughout the day. We also want to take a moment to thank Owen Edwards, Celyn Lewis and Megan Ware who gave up time to referee as well as compete this year in order to help ensure the competition ran smooth.

Well done, fencers, parents and coaches!

The full results are.....


23rd February 2016

This weekend at the BUCS Championships there was an incident where a broken foil blade pierced a pair of breeches and caused a leg injury.

British Fencing would like to take this opportunity to remind all coaches and clubs to be ever vigilant. Whilst we can never reduce the risk of accidents to zero, wearing the correct safety equipment during lessons and sparring, as set out in our Safety Guidelines (
http://www.britishfencing.com/governance/guidelines/),  will reduce the risk of serious injury.

Dr Clare Halsted
Medical Officer  British Fencing