Vale Fencing Club Cleffyd Bro Morgannwg
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About us

At the Vale Fencing Club we like to engender a love of the sport. For us, it's not all about serious training: we love it when our fencers win, but we're just as enthusiastic about our groups that meet for fun.


Anyone is welcome to join us. Our qualified coaches are team members just like anyone else and will be happy to tell you more about the sport activities and help you find the place that's right for you.

We're always happy to welcome new members who are interested in joining in.

 

For those just beginning the sport Vale fencing club provides all the necessary kit, which meets current BF safety standards. However, please wear long jogging/tracksuit trousers and trainers.

 

When you feel that you have progressed sufficiently to begin to purchase your own kit, we recommend that you start with a glove and a pair of breeches, as all other kit can be continued to be borrowed free of charge including electrics for competitions. Please ask as our coaches will be willing to offer advice on kit.

 

All our members abide by the British Fencing Code of Conduct for fencers, coaches, parents.

What will you choose? Epee, Foil or Sabre?

Fencing is a sport that is played using a sword like weapon in the hands of the players. The sport is played as a duel between two players but, unlike the practice of ancient soldiers and princes hitting enemies with their swords to kill and emerge victorious, the sport of fencing relies on agile movements and touching opponent’s body parts with weapons given to the players. The three weapons in fencing are Epee, Foil, and Sabre that confuse many. We actively encourage our members to try all the disciplines to find with which they feel more of an affinity.

Epee

Modern fencing is more of a ballet dance on grounded mettalic piste where opponents try to outwit each other through speed and skills rather than brandishing sword as in movies or hitting the opponent with the intention of causing wounds. The players are so agile and their movements are so fast that their touches against each other’s bodies are recorded electronically.

Epee is a heavy weapon that is used by the players in a thrusting movement, and the aim is to touch the body parts of the opponent with the tip of the weapon rather than its blade. Epee looks like a sword and is quite heavy. It has a large guard to avoid being hit on the hand by an opponent. Points are scored by touches recorded electronically and the entire body of a player is considered valid in case of Epee fencing. This is why deft footwork and agility of a player are required in this form of fencing as both players avoid being hit by Epee and indulge in attack and defense.

Foil

The blade of a foil is rectangular and flexible and about 35 inches in length. Foil can score points only when its tip touches the torso of the opponent. The target areas are from shoulders to the groin in front as well as the back portion of the opponent and the bib of the mask.

A player gets no points if the foil touches the head, arms, or the legs of the opponent.

In foil fencing, both players have to wear a uniform that has a metallic vest (Lame) which covers the entire area that is valid. The foils in the hands of the two players are connected with the scoring machine that records touches made with foils.

Foil is a "Priority" weapon, with attacks, parries and ripostes taking place at great speed.

Sabre

The length and weight of this weapon are same as that of a foil, and it looks like a true sword. The difference lies in the fact that, in Sabre fencing, the blade is also used, in addition to its tip. Thus, a Sabre can be used both as a thrusting weapon as well as a cutting one. The target area in Sabre fencing is from the hip bend up to the head of the opponent and the lame jacket worn by the players covers this target are so as to help in recording touches made by Sabre.

Sabre is also a "Priority" weapon with attacks, parries, ripostes, counter attacks taking place at great speed.

Minimum Kit Requirements

Foil

350N Jacket

350N Breeches 

350N Plastron (U14)

800N Plastron (Adult. competing Cadets/Juniors)

350N Foil mask with conductive bib (Competing Cadets/Juniors/Adults)

350N epee mask U14/U12/10

350N Foil/Epee glove

Long socks

Foil lame

Foil mask wire

Trainers

Foil bodywire

Epee

350N Jacket

350N Breeches

350N Plastron (U14)

800N Plastron (Adult, competing Cadets/Juniors)

350N Epee mask

350N Foil/Epee glove

Long socks

Trainers

Epee bodywire

Foil bodywire

Sabre

350N Jacket

350N Breeches

350N Plastron (U14)

800N Plastron (Adult, competing Cadets/Juniors)

350N Sabre mask

800N Sabre Glove or CEN2 foil/epee glove with lame overlay.

Long socks.

Sabre lame

Sabre mask wire

Trainers

Sabre bodywire

 

Weapon sizes

Foil Epee Sabre
U10 Size 0 U10 Size 0 U10 Size 0

U12 & U14 Size 3

Competitive Cadet/Junior/Adult Size 5

U12 & U14 Size 2

Competitive Cadet/Junior/Adult Size 5

U12 & U14 Size 3

Competitive Cadet/Junior/Adult Size 5

 

Kit for sale

All kit offered for sale will be thoroughly checked to comply with current safety regulations.

 

If you have kit which you would like to advertise through the club please speak to Lyn or Matt.

 

Policy Documents

We fully comply with BF/WF policies.

Address:

Vale Fencing Club

 

The Vale Resort,

Hensol Park, Hensol.

Vale of Glamorgan.

CF72 8JY

 

Prior Booking is essential with the Vale resort reception:

01443 667800

Want to become a member?

Contact: email

Lyn Robinson at

infovalefencingclub@yahoo.com

or come for a "taster Session" this os only available on a Saturday morning from 0930-10.30am and pre-booking is essential with the Vale.

Club Commitee

Chair: Lyn Robinson

Vice Chair & Secretary: Matt Russell

Treasurer/First Aid & Club Physio: Saskia Blair

Welfare Officers: Lynne Schoen & Richard Carbis

 

Training Times: Saturday: Beginners and Novices: 09.30 - 10.45am.  Intermediates/Juniors/Adults  10am - 11.45am   Noon onwards Individual lessons by arrangement.      Friday: 4.30pm-5.30pm; child Beginners/ Novices                6.00-8.30pm Intermediates /Juniors/Adults 

News

Congratulations to the following on their recent selections:

Amelie Russell on her selection as  for the Great Britain Cadet Epee team.

Cai Eastwood, Charlie Wescott, Oliver Wescott, Iwan Chillery, Eloise Russell and Amelie Russell on their selection for the Welsh Challenge Wrateslava team.

 

Congratulations to the new Vale Fencing Club coaches Owain Carbis and Daniel Schoen.

Kit Suppliers

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PBT at www.pbt-uk.com

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Swordpricefighters at

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Bladesbrand at

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The Fencing Shop at

www.thefencingshop.co.uk

 

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