Eastern Region Senior (18+) Training Day – Sat 6th May 2017

Eastern Region is pleased to announce second training day for all Senior and Veteran Fencers over the age 18 within the Region at Chelmer Valley High School the weekend before the Senior Championships.

This will take place on Saturday 6th May 2017, 9:30am to 4:00pm at Chelmer Valley High School, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ER.

Do come along and enjoy yourself. On this day our experienced coaches will be delighted to make available to your their knowledge and expertise in the noble art of defence utilising the foil and épée. Their coaches will be

  • David Keszler – Épée
  • Pierre Harper – Foil

For more information or to sign up, please download the entry form:

Eastern Region Senior Training Day.

Tribute to Robert Darby

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of former club member Robert Darby.

He came to fencing initially as a parent, with his son Dan learning to fence at Three Rivers Young Blades (now FCL Herts), later joining the TRYB Committee with wife Nicki, where he became the club armourer before taking up the sport himself after a parent’s taster session and subsequent beginner’s course at WFC. He went on to win the best placed novice trophy at our annual club championships in 2015, making many friends at the club in the process and the whole family were often to be seen together supporting Rob and Dan at events in Herts and further afield.

Rob took up the challenge of helping with the WFC armoury and co-ordinating repairs with Steve Hyman for a short time before moving away from the area with his family.

For those that got to know him his mischievous smile and warm personality will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Nicki and children Dan and Lucia.

The funeral will take place on Friday 17th March at 3pm at St Mary’s Church, Great Warley, Brentwood. Then on to De Rougemont Manor Hotel in Great Warley.

For anyone wishing to make a donation either personally or through the club the details are below:

Cancer Treatment and Research Trust. Dr Paul Nathan – consultant oncologist in kidney research.

Donations to funeral director at T M Newman & sons, 166 Balgores Lane, Gidea Park, Romford, Essex RM2 6BS

Three Counties League 2017 – Watford vs. St Albans (Away)

On Thursday 2nd of March, Michael (our Team Captain), Peter, Matthew and Hefin put up a good fight for our first 3 Counties League match away against St Albans. We won foil by a massive 8 matches to 1, but unfortunately came up short in épée, only securing 3 wins to St Albans’ 6. Our next match is at home against Dacorum, on Wednesday 22nd of March.

If you’re interested in fencing for your club, please contact the Team Captain, Michael, at events@watfordfencingclub.co.uk.

Great Yarmouth Épée & Sabre Competition – Sunday 5th March

Fencers have been invited to take part in the Great Yarmouth Épée & Sabre Competition on Sunday the 5th of March 2017. Details below. Please download the registration form here.

Ormiston Denes Community Sports Centre, Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, NR32 4AH.

Two rounds of poules with everyone progressing to the D.E. rounds, men’s and
women’s events will be separated where entries permit. Fencers are able to enter both epee and sabre events.

Check In Times:
Epee – 9.30am
Sabre – 1.15pm
(Please Note: The Sports Centre opens at 9.00am)

Closing Date:
1st March 2017, late entries may be accepted at the organiser’s discretion.
Please email the organiser at rj.gywfc@gmail.com if entering late.

Entry Fees:
£12 for one weapon, £18 for two.
Cheques made payable to Great Yarmouth and Waveney Fencing Club.
Bank Transfer to: Account No: 48779183 Sort-Code: 09-01-28

Entries To:
Robert Johnson, Flat 2 Robert Kett Court, 46 Bishop Bridge Rd, Norwich, NR1 4ET
Tel. No – 07516 675051 Email – rj.gywfc@gmail.com

Equipment Standards:
All clothing must comply with current British Fencing (BF) regulations. Each fencer is personally responsible for making sure that their clothing and equipment conforms to BF rules, is in good condition and its use is not currently suspended by BF. Please consult the BF website for further information or contact the organiser if in doubt.

PLEASE NOTE: 800N Sabre gloves are compulsory for all participants in the Sabre Event.

Weight and gauge testing will be performed from the semi-finals onwards in Epee.
The new on-guard distance will be used for all Sabre matches.

Minimum Age:
All fencers must be aged 13 by the 1 st Jan 2017. (i.e. Born 2003 or earlier)

B.F. Membership:
All fencers must have the appropriate competitive level of BF
membership to compete in these events.

Medals for 1 st , 2 nd and joint 3 rd in all categories. As well as special prizes for the Best Newcomer to fencing (under 2 years experience), Best First Timer (if this is your first competition) and Best Dual-wielder (open to those entering both epee & sabre). Please indicate if you qualify for any of these on your entry form.
Spectators are most welcome. If you are able and willing to referee at this event, please contact the organiser by one of the above methods.

Watford medals at the Herts Mixed Senior Competition

Watford fencers took away four medals from last weekend’s HFA Mixed Senior Competition! Well done to Joe Wright for picking up silver in foil, Tony Bardell for winning bronze in sabre, and Lajos Fazekas and Amy Silk who took the silver and bronze in Épée, respectively.

You’re all a testament to the cross-weapon strength of WFC!

Results of the Club Championship 2016


Watford Fencing Club hosted another fantastic Club Championship on Sunday the 16th of October, with a great turnout, great food and great fencing! There were 4 sabreurs, 11 épéeists, 15 foilists and lots of family and friends to enjoy the day. The standard of fencing was extremely high  (a testament to the hard work and commitment of the membership and our coaches) from both experienced fencers, and those who are only a couple of months into their first Beginners’ Course.


Bronze – Tony Bardell
Silver    – Michael Lown
Gold     – Ollie Smith


Bronze – Ollie Smith & Michael Lown
Silver    – Peter Moore
Gold     – Philip Jordan


Bronze – Florent Boyer & Joe Wright
Silver    – Michael Lown
Gold     – Ollie Smith

Best Novice
Andrea Reid



Master at Arms
Ollie Smith



For many more photos of the day, please visit the Club’s Facebook Page.

Herts County Team Championship Silver and Bronze!

On the 12th of June Watford Fencing Club pitched one sabre, one épée and two foil teams for the Hertfordhsire County Team Championship. Our sabre and épée teams battled valiantly, but it was our two foil teams that bagged silver and bronze, with Watford Foil Team A narrowly missing out on gold by 3 points to PDFA. Well done #TeamWatford!

Ollie Smith’s attack on preparation. Photo credit: Mike Ellis.

WFC takes silver (Ollie, Michael and Jake) and bronze (Mike, Krysia and Hefin) in foil. Photo credit: Mike Ellis.

Fencing Taster Evenings

Following the boost the sport has enjoyed since the London 2012 Olympic Games, Watford Fencing Club is hosting three Fencing Taster Sessions to coincide with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. On the 10th and 17th of August, and on the 7th of September this year (during and just after the Olympics), the club is running Taster Sessions for people to get a feel for fencing.

Guests will be given a fun and hands-on introduction to the sport of fencing by one of our fantastic coaches. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or have fenced before but haven’t in a while – anyone over the age of 16 can take part. The aim of the session is to have fun and demonstrate how enjoyable fencing can be. You may find you fall in love with the sport and decide to continue fencing with us – we are always looking to welcome new members into our family!


Nuffield Health Fitness Club/The Princess Marina Sports Complex
The Royal Masonic School for Girls
Chorleywood Road


  • £10 per participant

What people get for their money:

  • Loan of all necessary equipment
  • 2 hours of instruction from our experienced coaches
  • The chance to get suited up and get fencing!

For more information email us at info@watfordfencingclub.co.uk