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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4th February 2018

The Bradford-Leeds Fencing Challenge

Bradford Fencers go for Third time lucky.

Bradford Fencing Club Team for the Bradford Leeds Challenge 2017

Lets have the good news first ...

Bradford Epee and Foil B teams vanquished their Leeds rivals in two of todays matches. Ross, Dominic and Pete beat their epee opponents quite convincingly 45-28. Unfortunately it was only possible to field two-person Foil B teams (rather than 3) but Alice and Jurijs won 20-14.

Now for the not-so-good news ...

We lost the two other matches, one quite heavily.
Our Foil A team,Will, Paul and Lloyd again strove valiantly to match the more experienced Leeds fencers but fell short 33-45.
In Sabre our team of Pete, Vyom and Tim only managed a score of 20-45.

The aggregate score of 132 hits to 118 in favour of Leeds confirmed their retention of the Trophy for the second time.

Bradford President Paul Halliday presents the trophy to Leeds Captain Nick Stokes

It was unfortunate for Beth that illness on the day prevented her taking part for the Foil B team, and we can thank Paul for climbing from his sickbed to fence.
As usual Will was our star performer, scoring 20 of the Foil A points, including 9 in one bout.

All we can do is keep training and entering competitons, and work for a better result next year.
With so very few matches taking place between clubs, it was a real pleasure to hold a friendly competitive event between such a wide range of local fencers.

11th January 2018

Yorkshire Youth League

Bradford Fencers start their competitive careers.

Edward Holt & Beth Miller-Kennedy

Young Beth Miller-Kennedy wasn’t to know when she started the beginners fencing course at Thornton Recreation Centre back in September that as soon as February she would be taking home a Bronze medal!
Edward Holt had been so keen to try fencing he travelled to Bradford Fencing club from Tingley.

Both of them entered their first-ever fencing competition recently – the first leg in 2018 of the Yorkshire Youth League held at Cullingworth.

Amazingly, Beth beat a much more experienced girl in the Under-12 Girls foil to earn a place in the semi-final and hence her Bronze medal.
Ed performed very well, but failed to claim any metalwork.

They don’t have long to wait for the next Yorkshire Youth League in April, or for the Yorkshire Youth Championships which is in March.

16th/17th December 2017

Cadet Winton

County recognition for young Bradford fencers.

After nearly ten years of slow steady growth for Bradford Fencing club, recognition at county level has arrived for two of our young fencers.
Vyom Gera and Alice Kukurozovic were selected for the Yorkshire Cadet Team (under-18s) to compete in the annual Cadet Winton Cup. Nine regions competed this year, in the 30th such competition, which features boys and girls teams at all the three weapons – foil, epee, and sabre.

Vyom Gera & Alice Kukurozovic

Vyom has concentrated on sabre, and has qualified for the British Youth Championships before now.
Alice fences foil, but was drafted in to help make up the girls sabre team too – which meant a busy weekend for her.

Vyom Gera gives a confident thumbs up!

The event is held at the superb Millfield school and the teams are accommodated in the boarding facilities there, and the fencing takes place in the Tennis Hall.

The inexperienced girls foil and sabre teams had a difficult time, but the boys foil team was the most successful foil team there, and Billy Shepherd from Skipton was the most successful boys epeeist.
However, the Yorkshire team were unable to overcome any of the others and finished last, winning the shaggy dog.

Our two young Bradford fencers have certainly gained valuable experience for next year, we hope!