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Guildford Fencing Club - About the Club

Welcome to the sport of Fencing! This unique and increasingly popular activity is enjoyed by people of all ages, and is an excellent method of keeping fit.

Previous experience of Fencing is not necessary, we welcome absolute beginners and run regular introductory courses - see http://www.guildfordfencing.co.uk/beginnerscourses.php for details.  Fencing equipment can be borrowed from the club, so you do not have to buy it straight away.

Coaching is provided in one of the sports halls of St Peter's School in Merrow, Guildford. All equipment is provided for beginners. Showers and changing facilities are available. Parents please note: the club does not supervise these.

Our classes run on a Friday evening in term time; see details of dates, times and fees.

Experienced adult or teen fencers may just turn up, but beginners and juniors should check with the Treasurer first.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

U13 Club

Boys and Girls from 9-13 years old - sometimes 8 years, with the approval of the coach.

A structured programme of activity, dividing the evening into fencing tuition, fencing games, general games and free fencing periods. The course is designed to progress the student to gain recognised achievement awards from the BFA (British Fencing Association), and to participate in both club and local competitions. Sportsmanship and self discipline are emphasised. Several sets of Electric Scoring equipment are available for use by the U13 Club.

At present, training at this time is with the foil only. Fencers who wish to use epee or sabre may, with the permission of the coach, join in with youth members at the later session.


Student/Youth Members

We offer a programme of activity in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with a mix of class coaching and (at no extra charge) one-to-one instruction. Class activities include group coaching lessions, fencing games and free fencing. New members will start fencing with the Épée, and will be able to try both the Foil and the Sabre at a later stage: the club has coaches and fencers with experience at all three weapons.

Training at the club is appropriate for teenagers who wish to start entering local and national age-group competitions, and many of our members do so.
Of course, one night's training a week is not sufficient for serious competition, and training at Guildford would be part of a programme that included training at school or at another club on a different evening.

Students may start with a beginner's course: click the link on the left for details.

Adult Members

We welcome adult members, both beginners or experienced fencers. Founded in 1949, Guildford Fencing Club is one of the oldest clubs in England, with a strong history of adult fencing. We have six sets of electric scoring equipment, including two recently-purchased electric scoring boxes for all three weapons , and four sets of Electric Sabre Kit with funds donated by Guildford Sports Council. Coaching, and the use of non electric club kit, is included with membership; electric kit is available for hire.

Casual Fencers (non members)

Fencers who normally train at other clubs are welcome to visit us as casual members.

A Social Activity

For those of age, the evening is usually wound up with a visit to a nearby pub.  Sadly, the Horse and Groom is closing down but other options are being investigated...

Affiliations

The Club is affiliated to the British Fencing Association, Surrey County Fencing Union, Surrey Youth and Adult Education Service and Sport Guildford. The Club takes an active part in promoting fencing in Surrey through the Sport for All days, as well as entering County and Section Competitions.

Safety

Fencing is one of the safer sports, providing fencers observe the rules. The coaches will make every effort to ensure that beginners, students and casual fencers are taught and observe the rules of fencing. However, fencing is a combat sport, and you fence at your own risk. The Club will not be held responsible for any accidents or injury.

The club requires that everyone fencing wears clothing in accordance with British Fencing safety guidelines.

  • For most fencers, this means at least a CEN2/FIE rated (800 Newton) plastron, a CEN1 rated jacket, mask and breeches. Sabre fencers must also have a CEN2/FIE rated glove.  Socks, shoes and gloves for other weapons do not require a CEN rating.
  • For fencers at the 6:30 session, this is relaxed to a CEN1 rated plastron, jacket and mask. The glove, socks and shoes do not need a CEN rating. Trousers must be strong with any openings taped shut - proper CEN1 fencing breeches are preferred.

Note that the club has some CEN1 rated jackets, which should only be worn at the 6:30 session.  To make them recognisable, we have dyed them pink.

These rules correspond to those for British Fencing competitions at the time of writing, so all reputable fencing suppliers based in Britain or Europe should be able to supply them.  Be careful if buying equipment outside Europe, as the local equivalent of a CE mark will not be recognised by British Fencing, although the FIE mark will be.

Be careful also if buying second-hand clothing with a Swordpricefighters label - see this notice for more details: https://www.britishfencing.com/important-notice-regarding-sword-price-fighters-protective-equipment/



Page produced using Allaire Home Site, by Tim and Julie Schofield - tim@foxtree.co.uk. Based on text written by Derick Bowler.

Information may not always be up-to-date; last updated 21 September 2021.

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