We are the fencing club at Cardiff University; we cater for all levels of experience from those that have never tried the sport before to the most experienced internationals.
We run two main club training sessions a week on Mondays (5:30-7:30 PM) and Fridays (7:30-9:30 PM), both of which take place at Talybont Sports Centre. These sessions are open to all members of the club, on weeks when our teams do not have matches we also run a team training session on Wednesdays from 1 PM.
The Club has a very rich history of training beginners to a very high standard, in fact both of our two most recent Women's Team Captain took up the sport at university and along with captaining Cardiff in the BUCS Premiership have represented Wales internationaly. To provide the highest level of training for our novice members we run a specific beginners' course which runs for at least six weeks, this is led by our professional coach (Peter Russell). During the course Peter will cover all the basics of fencing and everything else you need to get the maximum possible reward from the sport. At the end of the course we run our traditional Beginners' Competition, the Gwynne Cup, this is a fun event and is meant to give a proper introduction to the more competitive side of the sport. We believe that everyone should be able to join the club and try the sport, to allow this we own a large amount of kit that covers everything needed for fencing, this is all free to use for our members.
The Club currently has two competitive teams, representing both the Men and Women of the University in the national BUCS Leagues, these teams have engoyed a great deal of success over the years with the Men''s Team having won or been in the top three in their league six out of the last eight years. The Women's Team have had extremely successful seasons recently having become the only team to ever retain the BUCS trophy and have also won promotion to the BUCS Premier League, where they finished thrid in their maiden season.
Training sessions run twice a week, during term time, these comprise of formal skills training, led by our coach, and free-fencing, during which our proffesional coach offers one-to-one lessons. For free-fencing the clubs owns numerous sets of electric equipment (including up to 10 boxes), as a result of our Women's Team's recent promotion we have also purchased a sectional metallic piste.