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Christmas Fencing

Posted: Friday, 17 November, 2017

Please note that our last session for 2017 will be on 13th December 2017 and we will return on 10th January 2018.

More about Harrogate Fencing Club

Posted: Friday, 23 June, 2017

The earliest record of fencing at Harrogate Fencing club dates back to the early 1940s when archives show a handful members fencing on common land in Harrogate called the Stray. Over 75 years later the club has a reputation for being one of the top clubs in Yorkshire boasting in excess of over 150 active members . The key to the clubs success  is its highly diverse membership base which includes all types and all abilities of fencer ranging from those who want to come along just for a  ‘social fence’  to those athletes competing on the International circuit and from Wheelchair fencing to GB Modern Pentathletes.

 The club has very large catchment area thanks to its rural location and so it works closely with other clubs in North and West Yorkshire to ensure it offers complementary fencing nights. An average night the club see between 60-80 fencers sparring . The most the club has seen in one night was 130!

 A very strong community section very much underpins the ethos of the club ensuring that everyone, no matter of their ability or background, has the the opportunity to fence. 

 The community programme actively delivers GO Fence programmes to youth and community groups engaging children of all ages and abilities. The club has particularly strong links with primary schools (in excess of twenty GO Fence primary school programmes are run each term across North Yorkshire) and the club are also working alongside other community groups such as the Scout Association, Mencap and Special Olympics GB to try and widen participation in the sport.

 Club night, which runs every Wednesday, is split into three sessions depending on the ability and progression of the fencer.  Session 1 (6-7pm)  is for new beginners and those beginners who are working their way towards BF Levels 1 and 2 . Session 2 ( 7-8 pm) is for Cadet fencers who are generally competing at Yorkshire Youth League and Leon Paul Junior Series events . Session 3 (8-10pm)  is for adult and junior fencing and caters for the social fencer through to ranked fencers competing on the national and International circuits.

The Junior section starts with fencers from the age of 7 through to 14 years old. Junior foil courses run every term and these offer a natural progression to metal fencing for those budding fencers who discover the sport through the community programme.

 Five qualified coaches split their time between epee and foil and between them run both groups sessions and 1-2-1 private sessions. During all sessions the coaches, when numbers allow, try to give all fencers a short private lesson and will extend these with fencers who are entering competitions.  

 The Club is currently, with the help of British Fencing, working towards its Sport England Club mark  Accreditation

 All the fencing takes place on Wednesday evenings at Rossett Sports Centre. For more information please visit our website.   

If you are reading this and fancy calling in for a fence on your way up and down the A1 please do. We would love to see you. 

Emily wins award

Posted: Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Well done to Harrogate fencer Emily Holder who has been awarded the Young Achiever of the year award for Disability Sport in Yorkshire.

New equipment orders

Posted: Tuesday, 15 November, 2016

If you would like to order any equipment through the club please complete the order form on the equipment price list (in links & downloads section) and either e-mail it or bring it to the club

Christophers Diary 14th Sept 2016

Posted: Friday, 23 September, 2016

Extract from my diary:
And this evening I visited Harrogate Fencing Club for the first time and it was BLOODY WONDERFUL!!! I had had my doubts as to whether I would still be fit enough to manage it, and thought that, after 18 years away from the sport, I might have to enrol as a beginner again. In fact, I sweated buckets but didn’t get short of breath, and my knees were not found wanting (bit painful, but nothing I can’t put up with). I fenced a bout with epée against a young... lad of about 14 who has been fencing for 6 years, and won.On top of that, I got some good coaching in epée technique. One thing I noticed is how much tighter the regulations are when it comes to protective clothing: now you have to wear the full kit, including a plastron and hard chest protector under the jacket. When I first started, it was only a mask and a padded torso protector rather like a flat cushion (glove was optional but recommended).
As from tomorrow, I will be practising my steps and lunges on the park as I wander with Sox. No doubt some people will stare in amazement, thinking me a mad old git, but I don’t give a monkey’s fart about that.

Christophers Diary 21st Sept 2016

Posted: Friday, 23 September, 2016

Enjoying a well-earned pint of IPA after a second wonderful evening at Harrogate Fencing Club. After my initial session last week, when I established that my 61 year-old joints and organs were still up the sport, I immediately ordered a full set of kit from Leon Paul. Sod’s Law took immediate effect and the company had a backlog of orders, so my order will probably arrive tomorrow and I practised in borrowed kit again. The warm-up session started promptly, and the sweat flowe...d again as we practised our steps and lunges. After 15 years of doing nothing more strenuous than walking the dog (admittedly with the occasional jog-trot to get to the off-licence before closing time), my body was already feeling that it had done enough, but then Roy found an épée for me and gave me about 15 minutes of valuable one-to-one coaching. I had mainly fenced with foil in the past, and this time round I have decided to focus on the brutal simplicity of the épée as more suitable for my fighting style. Not that fencing with the épée is all that simple, as I am finding out now: the fact that your entire body is a valid target means considerably modifying your stance and technique. After the coaching, I was introduced to some more members and engaged in competitive bouts. The first was Steve. "How many points do you want to go to? Ten? Fifteen?" he asked as we hooked ourselves up to the electronic scoring equipment. "Ten will be fine for now", I replied. Both of us took - how shall I put it? - a very pro-active approach to the combat, and by the time the score was 2-2 I was feeling distinctly blown and the sweat was pouring from my torso into my little baggy breeches. "Let’s make it five" I laughed. A very good decision on my part, for I went on to win 5-4. After a breather and having got my second wind, I took on a rather deadly young lady (whose name unfortunately escapes me now) who was soon leading by 3 points to zero. I decided to calm down a bit, think about the mistakes I was making and adapt accordingly, coming away with a creditable defeat at 7-10. The time had passed quickly, but just as I was thinking of calling it a night, a big fellow named Hugo offered me a bout. His large frame presented me with a ’target-rich environment’ and I was able to get in the first couple of hits, but then his greater experience told and he won with 5 points to my 3. All in all, it was a splendid evening and, though my neck and shoulders ache from doing more work than they have seen for many a year, I still feel the pleasant buzz that comes from physical action. Mens sana in corpore sano!

2015 National Ladies Team Epee Champions

Posted: Monday, 30 November, 2015

Fantastic News ! Harrogate fencing club ladies won the National Ladies Team Epee Championships on 29th November 2015.The team of Caitlin ,Abbi and Sadie fenced so well and we are very lucky to have such amazing talented fencers representing Harrogate Fencing Club. Well done !

Kate at the Commonwealth Games

Posted: Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

Our very own Kate Elvin had a fantastic Commonwealth Games in November, coming 7th in the Veterans Ladies Epee and getting a bronze in the team event with Northern Ireland too. Well done Kate!

Last fencing 2017

13 December 2017

First fencing 2018

10 January 2018

Adult and Childrens Beginners courses 2018

10 January 2018