Welsh Fencing

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

The Sports Academy Scheme is delivered as a partnership between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Legacy Leisure, who manage the Vale Leisure Centres. This scheme offers free access to the Vale of Glamorgan Council owned leisure facilities for high performance sports people who are residents of the Vale of Glamorgan.

As you may be aware Welsh Fencing are sending an U15 team to the Challenge Wratislavia event, in Poland, for the first time in March next year.

As you can imagine this requires a small workforce of willing and capable volunteers to ensure the safety of our athletes, as well as the right support during the competition to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for all.

We are also hoping to use this as a development opportunity for anyone interested in becoming part of the WF workforce.

We are looking for a Team Manager, a Lead Coach and Support Coach for each weapon. If you are interested in any of these positions please email secretary@welshfencing.org with the position you would like to apply for, and any past experience (as a fencer or coach/support staff) or qualifications/courses attended. If you have no experience, but would still like to be involved please don't hesitate to apply anyway.

Deadline for applicants is 1st November 2017. Successful applicants will be announced by the end of November.

We are also looking for a Logistics Manager and volunteers to help with/oversee the booking of flights/transport. If you are able to help please email secretary@welshfencing.org (applying for this does not mean you can not apply for any of the positions above).

Please note that all applicants must be aged 18 or over.

Another fantastic weekend for the Welsh Team during this year's School Games at Loughborough University.

Rule changes meant a smaller contingent for this year's event, but each brought with them their determination to achieve and a bag load of team spirit.

Over the weekend, we have been tightening up the security on the Welsh Fencing website, and now use SSL. Now when you go to the website, you will see a little padlock in the address bar, and you will automatically be directed to the secure site.  This confirms that any data you enter is secure.

SSL is the Secure Socket Layer protocol which is responsible for creating secure communication between client and server. This is done by both server and client authentication and the negotiation of an encryption algorithm and cryptographic keys.  What this means is that any data you enter on the website is automatically encrypted as it is transmitted over the internet. 

This has always been the case for any financial transactions, as we use PayPal for these.  We never hold any financial data about any transactions, such as entry fees.  We dont receive any debit or credit card data, or any PayPal data, which means that any payments you make are secure. 

With SSL, it means that your entry details are also now secure.  Its just a little thing, but is considered 'best practice' in the world of the Internet.

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.

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.

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