Bradford Fencing Club

Welcome to the Bradford fencing club website. We meet on Tuesday evenings at Thornton Recreation Centre from 20.30 through to 21.30.

We offer fencing for foil, epee & sabre fencers and coaching from our BFA registered coaches and a fun friendly environment to enjoy the sport.

We provide all the necessary equipment and are a BFA affiliated club. You only need to bring your self.

We fence for fun and do not expect our members to compete but we will support any members that wish to compete at the many national open fencing tournaments throughout the year. There are also amateur tournaments for people that have been fencing for less than two years.

If you are interested in fencing, feel free to visit any of our 20.30 sessions without the need to pre-arrange. You can watch and chat to our members and coach but please be aware that you will not be able to take part in the fencing.

We also run beginners courses periodically for those that have never fenced before. These courses are over 10 sessions starting at 19:30 through to 20.30. Please check our beginners page for the start dates of the beginners courses.

For any welfare concerns please see the Committee page


British Fencing Membership

For full benefits see the Competition page

Once you have completed a course for beginners and have decided that you will take up fencing regularly, it is a good idea to take up membership with British Fencing.

To enter a competition full membership with British Fencing is required.

Membership is for a calendar year, rolling on on the anniversary of joining (email alert) and is best organised online before you need it, but only just before, to get the best out of it.

Click here to join or renew membership with British Fencing


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News

19th February 2017

The Bradford-Leeds Fencing Challenge

The Bradford-Leeds Fencing Challenge becomes an annual fixture!

The second competition for this trophy differed from the first in venue,number of weapons fenced, some participants, but not, unfortunately for Bradford, in result.

The 2017 event included all three weapons, and also involved two fencers who fence in a wheelchair. With 2 matches won by each side, Epee and Foil “B” by Bradford, and Foil “A” and Sabre by Leeds, but all the wheelchair bouts won by Leeds, Leeds came out on top once more.

The Epee and Foil “B” matches set the ball rolling, Bradford epee team (James Hopkins, Paul Halliday, Guy Haley) taking an early lead and maintaining it through the match, winning 45-20 over an experienced Leeds team (Claudia Baxter, Moya McNamara, Paul Sinfield).

The Foil”B” match included 4 fencers who only started fencing within the last year. The Leeds team (Lucas Stanley, Mbongeni Zwangobani, Katie Marchant) all from last autumns beginners course, started behind, went ahead, fell behind, and from then on Bradford (Marc Wilcox, Alice Kukurozovic, Lucas Naylor) maintained a narrow lead, winning 45-40.

Meanwhile the wheelchair bouts all went the way of the Leeds fencers (Andy Whiter, Franco Menic). First the Bradford Sabre team took on Andy, then the Bradford Foil “B” team fenced Franco. The fact that an able-bodied fencer can take on a wheelchair user, sitting in a wheelchair fixed to a special metal frame, is one of the great facts about this sport. The Bradford fencers, unused to being unable to run away, were maybe even at a disadvantage!

The final matches went inexorably to Leeds ...

The Sabre team (Alex Gray, Alison Ruff, Ben Laker) won heavily in a 45-17 win. Bradford (Sam Amos, Pete Fletcher, Vyom Gera) could not match their speed and experience.

The Leeds Foil”A” (Nick Stokes, Bertie Mandall, Kieran Sinfield) went ahead of Bradford (Paul Halliday, James Hopkins, Will Lawrance) early, and stayed ahead, despite Will Lawrance's best efforts. In effect, he won all his 3 fights, clawing back leads on two occasions and scoring 24 of the teams points. Nick Stokes held out against him for a 45-37 win.

Efforts will be made to make sure this team event carries on as an annual event – next year at Bradford, perhaps with additions or refinements, but definitely with efforts to include as big a range of the two club's fencers as possible.

Both clubs run beginners courses, Leeds on Mondays at Kirkstall Leisure Centre, and Bradford on Tuesdays at Thornton Recreation Centre. Contact the Centres or the club websites for information.

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