If you are new to the sport and interesting in joining our club, please email chrishowser@hotmail.co.uk and we will send details once sessions are organised.

Club Background

In September 2011 the club was launched at Oundle School with sessions only taking place on Thursday evenings, however following some great successes in 2012 a second night on Monday evenings at The Peterborough School was added in September 2012.

Following the break durng Covid restrictions, the club has gone from strength to strength and details of our current sessions are detailed on the Individual session Tabs –

General Information

Who – The Club is generally aimed at those of 7/8 years of age (year 4 at schools, but some younger children do attend) and older (fencers attend into their 70s so no limit on upper age) with a full fencing session using Epees.

There can be some flexibility on ages, however please call/get in touch to discuss for younger children as  this younger age-group sometimes struggles with the weight of Epees.

Sessions – Stamford, Oundle & Peterborough

Sessions will consist of approximately 45 minute footwork & technique session run by a coach followed by free fencing on the scoring boxes.

Introduction to fencing sessions – Periodically sessions are run where we introduce new fencers to the sport.  The timing of these are subject to space available at sessions and where we are in the competition season, so there is no impact on our existing fencers.

Lead Coach – The lead coach will be Chris Howser, he is a level 4 Registered British Fencing coach with over 30 years of coaching experience which has included coaching British Squad members at European Junior Championships and the England Ladies team to a Commonwealth Silver medal. He also  coached a large number of fencers in Surrey (where he previously lived) and that group have won numerous British and England titles between them. That success has continued in our club, with Chris coaching many fencers to British titles and GBR representation.  Chris was a high class international fencer in his own right, having fenced for Great Britain at 5 World Championships and having been Senior Men’s British Champion in 2005. He still competes, being ranked as a top 50 GB fencer (May 2023). Chris continues fencing at Veteran level, being ranked 6th in Europe (June 2023) in the 50-59 age-group.

Costs of sessions
We will have differing payment options with discounts for those who wish to pay by monthly standing order in advance.  We will have a £13 per session guest fee for those attending on a one-off, occasional basis.

All sessions must be booked and paid for in advance.

What you would need to attend in

We will be able to supply the fencing equipment for all beginners and new intermediate fencers to the club (using size 0 or size 2 epees), these fencers would need to come to sessions wearing track-suit bottoms (zipped or closed pockets), t-shirt and trainers (with socks).  These sets will be your personal sets for the duration of any course/group of sessions.

Over a period of time we would hope that most regular fencers purchase their own equipment (at least some of it) so the club kit is available for new recruits (great Christmas and Birthday present ideas, see www.bladesbrand.com).

For older fencers (over 14 years old) wishing to fence with full size (size 5) epees, you must wear breeches and you will be able to borrow these (subject to availability) for a short period from the club, however you will be expected to purchase your own breeches very soon after starting regular attendance to the club. For those wishing to use size 5 epees you should attend wearing long socks and shorts under your track-suit bottoms to allow easy changing into breeches.

British Fencing Membership

All those fence at the fencing club are required to be members of British Fencing which gives you insurance cover as well as other benefits. Please see www.britishfencing.com for details in their membership section.  British Fencing offers an ‘Introduction to Fencing Membership’ which gives a 90 day ‘free’ membership for new starters in the sport.

Contacts and further information

Club founder – Chris Howser
Email – chrishowser@hotmail.co.uk
Tel – 07887 522714

Other points of contact

Child Protection/Welfare Officer – Our welfare officer has left the club and we are currently training up a new welfare officer.  If you do have any concerns which you cannot raise with our coaching team, please contact the British Fencing welfare officer (contact in policy document, not for non welfare usage).

Child Protection/Safeguarding – Policy