Welsh Fencing

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

This year’s Winton Cup was once again an intensive weekend of fencing with 11 teams fencing a poule unique, meaning 30 fights each for some of our fencers. The top end of the table was more hotly contested than I can remember for a long time, with very little to choose between the top six teams.

The selection date for this year's Senior 5 Nations is 31st July. The top 4 fencers on the GB rankings will be picked at each weapon, so long as they are in the top 50 of the rankings. Any further selections/replacements from outside the top 50 of the rankings will be at the selectors' discretion. See selection policy for full details - Selection Policy .

The selectors are keen to ensure no eligible fencer is overlooked. If you feel you should be considered for selection (either as one of the top 4 at your weapon, or as a discretionary selection) then please email me (mark.ridsdale@welshfencing.org) and I will ensure the selectors are aware of your interest.

Welsh Fencing would like to invite all coaches to get involved with the Youth Development Session on July 30th at the Sport Wales National Centre on 30th July.

Have an interesting footwork drill? Know a good warm up game? Have a fun and useful box exercise? Or a killer S&C workout?

These sessions are about drawing the community together to work as a whole to improve the standard of fencing across the region. Leave your club rivalries at the door and come and be part of Team Wales.

Any coaches wanting to be involved, please drop Fran an email to discuss the timetable for the session. All coaches are welcome to come and give lessons to their own students throughout the day.

Cadet Nationals

There was Welsh success at the Cadet National Championships, where Ian Ren (Men's Sabre), Phoebe Dawe (Women's Foil) and Dylan Ballard (Men's Epee) all won Bronze medals.  Great results, well done!

Congratulations also to Stephanie Phennah (5th in Women's Sabre) and Erin Corcoran (7tth in Women's Sabre)

BF Awards

Later in the evening, Daniel Schoen was the winner of the BF Young Volunteer of the Year at the BF awards.  Well done to Daniel, also.

Junior Nationals

No medals this year, but L8 finishes for Owen Edwards (7th in Men's Epee) and Abigail Watkins (5th in Women's Epee).

The annual equality survey went live a couple of weeks ago, but, as of today, very few responses have been received from Wales.

British Fencing have asked that we raise the profile and ask for more responses from Wales; otherwise any data will be unrepresentative and will have very limited value.

We would be grateful if you could spend just a few minutes to complete this survey.

To complete the survey, please click here.

When doing so, please note the following:
1. The survey is anonymous.
2. The questions are standard equality questions – and you have the option on each question to select ‘Prefer not to say’.
3. The individual responses are not stored on a BF system.
4. Results in summary form will be provided to the Board and Executive of BF, funding partners, and the Boards of Home Countries and will be available on request through Head Office.
5. It takes less than 3 minutes.

The first Youth Development training session will be held on 30th July at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff 10am-4pm. This session is open to Welsh Fencers all weapons age 12-18 and is free of charge.

We would like to encourage all fencers to take the opportunity to train with others from different clubs across Wales (and those who are eligible to fence for Wales) and would like to extend an invite to all coaches to come along and use the time to work with their fencers, and/or contribute to group training, also any referees that would like a bit of practice out of competition environment.

Any clubs from further afield that wish to organise a mini bus drop Fran an email at Fran.russell@welshfencing.org as we may be able to help with the cost.

Next session and venue TBC but we plan to arrange it somewhere outside of cardiff - any clubs interesting in hosting please let us know.

Welsh Fencing are pleased to announce the publication of the Youth Development Strategy.  For full details, please follow the link: Youth Development Strategy

For those interested in getting more involved with squad trips such as Poland, Cadet Winton or Commonwealths, Welsh Fencing are offering the chance to attend the required courses (at no charge).  The courses will run at the Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens on the 30th July.

Anyone wishing to act as chaperone will be required to undertake this training. You will then have the opportunity to gain the experience to become a future Team Manager if you find you enjoy the role.

Times TBC but approx 9am-5pm.

You will need to sign up in advance by sending an email to fran.russell@welshfencing.org. Please let me know if you already have a DBS via Welsh Fencing, and any other training such as safeguarding or first aid.

In order to qualify for the free training you or your child must be affiliated to Welsh Fencing.