Welcome to the Fencing Club!!!
After a difficult year the Fencing Club are excited to be mostly back to normal, with a few Covid-19 measures in place to keep everyone safe. We are a very sociable sports club and a great way to meet new people both in Cardiff and from other universities.
The Cardiff University Fencing Club caters for all abilities, from complete beginners to Olympic hopefuls; and we have a wide range of members that partake in recreational and competitive fencing. Membership also includes access to training sessions at Russel Swords, for those looking to take their fencing further.
For beginners, we offer a six-week training course with our coach, followed by the esteemed beginner’s competition. After this, more training is available to introduce you to the different weapons, before integrating with the rest of the club after Christmas. Once the beginners course starts, we offer a kit loan for jackets, chest guards, plastrons and gloves all for only £15. You'll be able to take these home and wash them so you don't need to worry about sharing smelly club kit!
Our main training court bookings returning to pre-covid times, and are Monday 17:30-19:30 and Friday 19:30-21:30, held on courts 5 and 6 in the far hall of Talybont Sports Centre (down the corridor to the left as you enter the reception).
Both sessions are open to all beginners, intermediates & experienced fencers alike and are usually followed by a friendly social in the nearby pub. Fencers are advised to wear trainers and bring water. Please wear long trousers or bring long socks, as this is in line with the British Fencing Association safety regulations.
Our Men's 1st and Women's 1st compete in the Western 1A (one division below the premiership) divisions with our and Men's 2nd in Western 2A League of British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS). We are expecting BUCS matches to begin as usual in October.
Players with national or international experience may be supported by Cardiff University's High Performance Programme.
There are a range of competitions for all levels throughout the year are often available to all members (depending on Covid-19 developments and Welsh Fencing restrictions). These include:
- Local competitions such as the Russell Swords Championships (October), Welsh Universities Championships (March) and the end of year Club Championships / Moses Shield (June).
- National opens on our doorstep e.g. Welsh Open (November) & Oxfam Open (December).
- Road trips to competitions further afield including the BUCS Individuals (February)
- Friendly competitions within the club run throughout the year
All BUCS competitors are required by BUCS to have a BFA membership ("Compete" level for BUCS Individuals, "Starter"/"Recreational" for only team competition)
Socials & Club Events:
We usually run a range of socials that are open to all including club nights, ice skating, fancy dress events, escape rooms, badminton (aka Fencington) and more! This year we intend to resume in person socials as we would have had before Covid-19. We also have Fencing Family Socials (freshers = children, seniors = parents) which are a great way to start integrating with more senior members of the club. Our classic annual Christmas Dinner is always a highlight as well.
Our standard membership includes access to all Uni training sessions throughout the year & sessions at Russell Swords, professional group coaching, access to electric weapons, and pistes and opportunity to access competitions.
Our premium membership includes all the above of standard, as well as additional 1 on 1 training with our coach Pete during warm-up at the start of sessions - this is done on a rotor with other premium membership holders.
Our Semester One Membership includes all the perks and benefits of our standard membership but is only for a semester. Perfect for Erasmus Students and busy Masters/PHD Students!
If you're not a student at Cardiff University, you're able to purchase the associate membership however you're not able to compete in the University BUCS teams.
Refunds only available if you have made no use of your membership (i.e. not having attended training at the University/Russell Swords, having competed or attended socials).
If you are worried about not having kit then don’t be! You can have a set of fencing kit to call your own for the academic year, we rent out a set of jackets, chest guards, plastrons and gloves all for only £15 – a bargain! Club kit is of course free to use during the GIAG sessions.
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