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.
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
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
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 during Covid: 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.
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.
Friday evenings: Presently Suspended due to Covid.19.
6.00pm to 7.30pm Beginner/Intermediate Adult.
7.30pm to 9.00pm Individual sessions by prior arrangement only.
Sunday sessions: 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.
CURRENTLY BOOKING MUST BE VIA EMAIL WITH MATT OR LYN TO COMPLY WITH COVID REGULATIONS.
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.
Please Contact Lyn or Matt via email prior to booking: lyn: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 are of 6 weeks duration.
All equipment will be provided for these sessions.
Children's Mini Fence courses: Studio 2:
Minimum Age 6 years.
Saturday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Next Adult Beginner Course: Fridays Dates and Times TBA
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 untill members begin to purchase their own kit.
"Taster" Session: This is a one off session which is only available on Saturday Morning from 09.30am to 10.30am. Vale racquet members free, non members £4.00 payable at Reception. All kit and tuition is provided for the single session.
A single FREE "taster" session is only available at the Vale on a Saturday morning between 9.30 am and 10.30am.
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.
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)
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
Foil lame overjacket.
Foil mask with lame bib.
Electric foil. (U10, size 0, U14 size 3, Adult size 5)
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)
Electric Epee (U10 size 0, U14 Size 2, Adult size 5)