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.
When joining the Vale club we will ask your permission to administer your details on the British Fencing website.
For the first year the cost of the Vale Fencing club membership will include the cost of a STARTER membership, this is the minimum level of membership that allows fencing to take place.
After the first year there are 2 separate payments, one to British Fencing for continuing membership to the sports Governing Body, the other is for continuing Vale Fencing Club membership.
Please read the downloadable files on Membership types and Insurance.
Membership of British Fencing is compulsory, Welsh members will automatically be registered as members of Welsh Fencing.
British Fencing 2021 Levels of membership and cost:
Supporter and Starter
Family discount available.
This is a separate ANNUAL fee distinct from the Vale Spa & Resort membership fee and British membership fee as the club is a community club - not owned or administered by the Vale Hotel Spa & Resort, this fee to which we respectfully ask members to contribute is to enable the club to continue to run effectively.
Weekly fees of 4.00 are taken by reception at the Vale Resorrt to pay for the hire of the venue (member and non member pre-booking is essential due to space considerations)
This 4.00 fee is NOT applicable to Vale Spa & Resort members.
Private sessions - By prior arrangement: Saturday afternoons only.
What will the Vale Fencing Club use the annual fees for?
- Annual membership of the club to British Fencing.
- Upkeep/upgrading/maintainance of club fencing kit to comply with British Fencing safety standards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BRITISH FENCING CLOTHING REGULATIONS
GROUP A: All adults fencing with a SIZE 5 electric blade or a SIZE 5 Epee with solid dummy point MUST wear:
350N Jacket, 800N underplastron, 350N breeches, 350N Mask bib, glove.
Mask wires for foil/sabre.
GROUP B: Children or Adults fencing with SIZE 3 or smaller electric blade and ALL NON-ELECTRIC equipment MUST wear a MINIMUM of:
350N Jacket, (OR 350N Jacket WITH integrated 350N underplastron), 350N separate underplastron, 350N breeches/trousers, 350N Mask bib, glove.
Group C: INTERNATIONAL fencers entered into FIE events, Cadet/Junior/Senior/Veteran World Championships, European championships,CFF Commonwealth Fencing Championships, World Cup events.
800N Jacket, Breeches, Underplastron. 1600N Mask Bib with 2 strap closure system
FIE blades for ALL 3 weapons, Sabre gloves MUST be CEN2.
Foil & Sabre bodywires MUST have 2 pin inside guard sockets, plugs must be clear, mask wires.
Epee inside guard sockets MUST have 2 separate holes for the blade wires to pass through.
NB In order to fence on the electric scoring equipment at the VALE you MUST be wearing breeches.
|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
PTBAll kit offered for sale has be thoroughly checked to comply with current safety regulations.
All kit has been laundered.
NB All kit is second hand and is not in factory perfect condition, some marking, wear is visible, kit is free from rips, tears, holes. This does not affect the durability of the kit.
If you have kit which you would like to advertise through the club please speak to Lyn or Matt.
Childs Leon Paul RH 350N Phoenix range size 36 chest 40.00 SOLD
Childs Leon Paul RH 350N Phoenix range size 30 chest 50.00
Childs Allstar RH 800N 32 chest 60.00
Ladies RH Leon Paul 350N Phoenix range 40inch chest 40.00
Underplastron: 800N Junior size (Not lightweight) NEW: £35.00
Gloves: CEN1, NEW £10 each, small, medium, large, Right & Left handed available.
Adult RH 350N Uhlmann waist 34/36inch 25.00
Childs RH Swordpricefighters 350N Competition range 28 inch waist 15.00
Childs RH Swordprice fighters 350N Competition range 30 inch waist 15.00 SOLD
Childs RH Swordpricefighters 350N Competitions range 34 inch wasit 15.00 SOLD
Childs RH Leon Paul Phoenix range 350N 30 inch waist 40.00
Childs RH Leon Paul 800N 32734 inch waist 45.00
Duellist Medium 350N size Medium 25.00
LP 350N Size Small 40.00
PBT "Red" mesh 350N Size Medium 30.00
Foil/Epee/Sabre: Electric only
RH/LH size 2 Epee (Suitable for children over 10) - 20.00 each
RH/LH size 0 Epee (suitable for children under 10) - 20.00 each
RH/LH size 3 Foil (Suitable for children over 10) - 20.00 each
RH/LH size 0 Foil (suitable for children under 10) - 20.00 each
RH size 0 Sabre blade - 20.00
RH Size 5 FIE Foil - 35.00
RH Size 5 non fie foil - 20.00
Bodywires & Bags:
Leon Paul Freerunner wheeled bag (RED colour), almost perfect condition, couple of grubby marks, zips/wheels perfect working order. cost new 108.00 inc VAT, second hand price 60.00
Leon Paul kit bag carry (Not wheeled) colour BLACK, very good condition, bit grubby, all zips in working order, no tears or rips. 25.00
Two tone red/beige guitar shaped LP Fencing kit bag: £15.00
Epee bodywires 15.00 each
Foil bodywires: bayonet fitting 10.00 each, two pin 15.00 each
Vale Fencing Club
The Vale Resort,
Hensol Park, Hensol.
Vale of Glamorgan.
Prior Booking is essential via Matt or Lyn at
Lyn Robinson at
Matt Russell at
or come for a "taster Session" this os only available on a Saturday morning from 0930-10.30am and pre-booking is essential with Lyn or Matt.
Chair: Lyn Robinson
Vice Chair & Secretary: Matt Russell
Treasurer/First Aid & Club Physio: Saskia Blair
Welfare Officers: Lynne Schoen & Richard Carbis
Cadets/Juniors interested in registering an interest to fence for Wales at the forthcoming Cadet/Junior CFF Commonwealth Fencing Championships to be held in Raipur, India during the August/Sept 2021 please visit the Welsh Fencing website to view the criteria and find out how to send an expression of interest in the selection day.
PBT at www.pbt-uk.com
The Fencing Shop at