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No half term fencing 31st Oct 2018

Posted: Thursday, 11 October, 2018

Please note there will be NO fencing on 31st October 2018 as it is half term.

Beginner Courses 2019

Posted: Friday, 14 September, 2018

Our next beginners courses will start on 16th Jan 2019 please complete the application form on the website to register. Ages 6-14yrs 6-7pm and 14+ and Adults 8-9pm each Wednesday.

Yorkshire Youth League 24th Nov 2018 Harrogate

Posted: Thursday, 28 June, 2018

We will be running the Yorkshire Youth League competition on Sat 24th November 2018 at Rossett Sports Centre.The event is open to all children and we would like to see everyone have a go !.Entry form is in our downloads section on this website and on the sport80 website for direct entry to the event.These events are for all our junior fencers and kit is available to hire but fencers will need to join British Fencing for insurance purposes.

If any fencers or parents would be able to help on the day or night before please let us know.We also need raffle prizes as soon as possible please .

There will be an equipment stall at this event https://www.excalibursports.co.uk/ if you would like to pre order any equipment alternatively we do have clothing and equipment for sale at the club, contact Simon for details.

Emily wins award

Posted: Tuesday, 9 January, 2018

Harrogate fencer Emily Holder recently received her sport through adversity award for both swimming and Fencing, a great achievement and really well deserved.

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 see one of the coaches on a Wednesday or email us

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.

No Fencing - Half term

31 October 2018

Yorkshire Youth League - Rossett Sports Centre,Harrogate

24 November 2018

Next Beginners Courses Start

16 January 2019