Vale Millennium Fencing Club Cleffyd Bro Morgannwg Mileniwm
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Keep Fit with fencing.

The modern sport of fencing has been included in every Olympic Games since Baron de Coubertin revived the ancient games in 1896.

At the highest level. fencing is physically demanding, requiring intense concentration and tactical awareness. However. many fencers who never aspire to Olympic heights regularly attend clubs and compete at regional and national levels.

Some find fencing an excellent way of maintaining general fitness without the risk of injury. The sport suits men, women and children of all ages, and is one of the few physical activities in which males and females take part on equal terms.

Fencing often appeals to those who are reluctant to take part in team games. They enjoy the individuality of the sport, matching their own skill, speed and intellect against those of an opponent. Others enjoy the aesthetic pleasure of perfecting and performing disciplined movements correctly, and studying the theory and language of fencing for achievement awards.

In addition to providing fencing as a social activity, we actively encourage our members to attend other clubs if they are able and to participate in the Welsh Fencing locally organised closed youth and senior competitions as a start to competitive fencing; some of our members then venture onto the British Fencing circuit, experiencing success in the Leon Paul Junior Series (LPJS), the Elite Epee events and British Fencing Cadet, Junior, Senior and Veteran events with some of our members representing Wales and Great Britain at cadet, junior, senior and Veteran level at Regional, National, Commonwealth and International events.


Great Britain International Selection


Congratulations to Amelie R on her selection to the Great Britain Cadet Squad for the Krakow, Poland, European International in February 2020. Amelie made the qualification for the squad after her recent top eight finish at the last British Ranking Cadet circuit event in Cardiff on Decemeber 15th. Amelie is one of the youngest members of the GB squad, she  had previously been the reserve for the GB squad for Copenhagen and Brateslava.

Welsh Cadet International Selection


Congratulations to the following Vale fencers who have been selected to represent Wales at the International Challenge Wrateslava event in March 2020, competing against the top fencers in Europe, Americas, Asia, earning their Welsh Stripe.

Iwan Chillery U13 Epee

Cai Eastwood U15 Epee & Foil

Amelie Russell U15 Epee & Foil

Eloise Russell U13 Epee

Charlie Wescott U15 Epee

Oliver Wescott U15 Epee

We wish them all the very best.


Welsh Fencing Sports Kit

Fencing Fun

Vale Millennium Fencing Club is excited and proud to announce that we are fully supportive of the newly branded Welsh Fencing Sports Kit and will be adopting it as the Vale Fencing Kit. The logo for the Kit was designed by our own coach Owain Carbis. The kit is produced by a local Welsh Firm, Olorun Sports. The sports wear is high quality, reasonably priced and gives a clear identity to Welsh Fencing members.

To view the range available please visit the Welsh Fencing website and follow the links to order. Or follow the link


Back to fencing sessions following Covid restrictions: When and Where

As we make our return to fencing Vale fencing club is committed to implementing and following the Guidance of the National and Regional Governing bodies British and Welsh Fencing to ensure a safe return to our sport.


All fencers are reminded to follow the new social distancing and sanitisation measures.


Vale fencing club runs throughout the year with the exception of Christmas and New Year.


Studio 2: Saturday morning Sessions complying to current Covid restrictions:

 Subject to change.


09.15-10.15am: Beginner and Novice "Pod 1" 


10.30 am to 11.30 "Pod 2"-  Novice  to intermediate fencers


11.45-12.45 "Pod 3 Intermediate/  Experienced/Competitive children & Adults.


13.00 -14.00 "Pod 4" 

Intermediate/experienced/Competitive children & Adults. This session may not always run.


14.00 - 17.30 Ladies only sessions: Currently limited to Welsh Team and GBR Team members only.





When "Normal" fencing/sparring/lessons can recommence: 1.00- 14.30 By prior arrnagement Individual lessons with Lyn, Matt, 

Lessons are of 30min duration.


Individual sessions from 1300 - 1600 are available with John Rees, British Fencing GBR Cadet/Junior/Senior Squads Lead Performance Coach by prior arrangement.


Studio 2: 

Friday evenings: New beginners sessions:


6.00pm to 7.30pm Beginner & refresher course.


7.30pm to 9.00pm Individual sessions by prior arrangement only.


Sunday sessions: 0900 - 1200 By Prior arrangement only



For Health & Safety, Welfare and Fire regulations an attendance register is taken at every session.


If we have to cancel a session plenty of notice will be given e.g. Holidays, coaches attending International Events.


Regular Booking and Session Cost



Prior booking with the Vale resort sport reception is essential as spaces are limited. Please pre-book one week in advance through:


The Vale Resort,

Hensol Park, Hensol.

Vale of Glamorgan.

CF72 8JY

01443 667800


Please Contact Lyn or Matt via email prior to booking: lyn:



Car Parking, changing facilities and showers available


The Vale Resort, which hosts the Vale fencing club currently charge £4 per session, which is payable on entry to the Vale Sports complex on arrival, please check in at reception. This is payable to the Vale Resort not Vale Fencing Club.


Sessions to Vale Resort Club members are free.


Visitors to the club are welcome, cost to visitors is £4 per session, payable at Vale reception.


Beginner's Courses and "Taster" sessions.


Adult/Teen (13+) six week beginners course: Commencing Friday 25th June 6pm to 7.30pm


Beginner's courses are of 6 weeks duration.

All equipment will be provided for these sessions. 



Vale Racquet and Sports Club members: each session is free but there is a cost for each course.

Course cost is £30.00 this includes annual Recreational British Fencing membership - mandatory for Insurance purposes, use of all kit, tuition.


Non Vale Racquet and Sports club members the cost will be £4.00 per session payable at the Vale reception and the cost of the course, £30.00 this includes annual Recreational British Fencing membership - mandatory for Insurance purposes, use of all kit, tuition.



At the end of beginner's courses members are encouraged to stay and participate in the regular training sessions. All kit is still provided until members begin to purchase their own kit.


"Taster" Session: Currently unavailable: This is a one off session which is only available on Saturday Morning from 09.00am to 10.00am. Vale racquet members free, non members £4.00 payable at Reception. All kit and tuition is provided for the single session.

What to wear/bring to a "Beginner's Course" or a "Taster" session.


A single FREE "taster" session is only available at the Vale on a Saturday morning between  9.00 am and 10.00am.

For a "Taster" session and Beginner's courses and subsequent sessions please wear:

Long jogging or tracksuit bottoms.

T-Shirt (long or short sleeved, please NO strappy t-shirts)



Please bring a towel, or wipes, drinks bottle, regular medication if needed, e.g. Inhalers for Asthma, Diabetes medication, Cardiac medication.


Vale fencing club provides all the essential kit for new members to begin the sport, complying to British Fencing regulations and safety standards,  we do ask that members will eventually begin to purchase their own kit.


We have a small selection of new & second hand kit available for purchase.

What to expect in a usual session

Typical training session structure:

Warm-up and general fitness, through specific games the focus is on improving core strength and stamina.


Warm-ups are dependant on the age group/needs of those attending (One style of warm-up does not suit all)


Footwork session


Small group lessons geared to the individual weapon characteristics.


Individual lessons to improve knowledge, understanding, techniques and tactical applications of each weapon.


Sparring on and off the electrical scoring apparatus.


Scenario fencing.


Some sessions will also include Referee education under Referee assessor Lyn Robinson and assisted by Matt Russell.


Armoury (equipment fault finding/ maintainence) with coaches and local British Fencing armourer..


Fencing Awards:

British Fencing and BAF Fencing Awards in Foil, Epee and Sabre.


There are three levels to acheive in the BF Mini-Fence Awards.


There are seven levels to acheive the BF Fencing awards.


There are three levels of award for the BAF syllabus: Bronze, Silver and Gold.


Certificates and Badges are awarded for acheiving these levels.


Refereering Awards:

Specific refereeing courses leading to acheiving Level 1 and Level 2 awards in Foil, Epee and Sabre.


Armoury: Equipment maintainance:

Courses in basic equipmenet maintainance leading to obtaining basic armoury certificate.


Duke of Edinburgh:

We work closely with our students who wish to use Fencing as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Welsh Fencing Epee Award

Triple Award Winner

AR: Recipient of the Welsh Fencing Annual Epee Fencer of the Year, for three years running. 2020,2019,2018.

Winner of the Dunstan Epee Trophy 

Winner of the Elite Epee Series 2020, Second Place in 2019.


U11 Dunstan Champion

Forging ahead!

ER: Competing in a mixed U11 event, coming a well deserved First place, losing only 1 match during the day at the Dunstan Epee 2019..



Fencing Kit

Necessary Fencing kit

Getting your own Fencing kit (eventually) is necessary to compete at events and to fence using the scoring eqipment.


Basic Kit: ALL

350N CEN1 Jacket 

350N CEN1 Breeches

350N Underplastron (Children U13)

800N Underplastron (Adults and children over 13)

350N CEN 1 Mask.

350N CEN 1 Glove 

Long socks, must fit to above the knee.


Chest protector Ladies/Girls: Mandatory.

Boys: recommended.


Specialist kit:


Foil lame overjacket.

Foil mask with lame bib.

Mask wire.

Electric foil. (U10, size 0, U14 size 3, Adult size 5)



Sabre Mask

Sabre Lame overjacket

Sabre Glove: 800N CEN2. or normal CEN2 800N with a sabre lame overlay. 

Electric sabre (U10 size 0, U14 size 2, Adult size 5)



Epee mask

Electric Epee (U10 size 0, U14 Size 2, Adult size 5)

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