• First Fencing Session of 2017/18!
    First Fencing Session of 2017/18! Join us on Monday 2nd October 2017 for our first session back at Talybont - all are welcome!
  • Taster Sessions 2017
    Taster Sessions 2017 Give fencing a go on the 2nd, 6th, 9th & 13th Oct at our taster sessions!
  • Freshers Fairs 2017
    Freshers Fairs 2017 Find us at the Sports Fair at Y Stiwdio, Students Union on 26th September, 10:30-17:00 & at the Heath Fair on 27th September 10:30-15:30

First Training & Taster Sessions 2017



  • Give It A Go

This year we're running 4 taster 'give it a go' sessions that are open to all! If you've never fenced before but want to see what it's like to stab people for fun or you've fenced a little many years ago and have forgotten the basics, our Give It A Go sessions will give you a brilliant introduction to the sport!

Join us in a group warm up, then our coach & dedicated beginner's officer will take you aside to show you the basics: how to put all the layers of kit on, footwork, how to hold a foil, attack, lunge and parry!

We provide all the kit, just bring water & wear trainers and long trackies/jogging bottoms. If you're wanting to take your fencing skills further, there's an opportunity to join our 6-week beginners course - check out the information here.

Click the dates below to buy your £3 ticket from the Cardiff Students Union website:

Mon 2nd Oct 17:30-21:30

Fri 6th Oct 19:30-21:30

Mon 9th Oct 17:30-19:30

Fri 13th Oct 19:30-21:30

Everyone attending is also warmly invited to our regular post-training food & drink stop at the Blackweir Tavern afterwards!

  • New & Returning Intermediate/Experienced Fencers

Our main Uni sessions run twice every week at Talybont Sports Centre, Mondays 17.30-19.30 & Fridays 19.30-21.30 (Courts 5 & 6) starting from Monday 2nd October 2017. Sessions are open to all - with beginner's initially taken aside by our Beginner's Officer & professional coach for the beginner's course.

We've got plenty kit if you need to borrow anything. If you're a team member, there will be opportunities for one-to-one training with our dedicated professional coaches throughout the year. Feel free to attend one session a week or both, whatever suits your timetable!

On Wednesdays 13:00-17:30, we have Court 6 available reserved for weekly BUCs matches (check the the upcoming fixtures - supporters always appreciated). If there's nothing going on, captain's may use this time for team training. If you're in need of some more fencing, members are kindly welcome to spar at the Russell Swords Fencing Club on Mondays 19:30-21:30 (sabre), Tuesdays 19:30-21:30 (foil) & Thursdays 19:30-21:30 (foil/sabre/epee). We've got a group set up to help organise lifts to the salle. Fencing every day of the week!

There's plenty of information scattered around this website (including our new club calendar) and on the cardiffstudent.com website.

Like our Facebook Group & Facebook Page to keep up to date with the events. Ask us any questions on there, in person at the training sessions or via our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Twitter page.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Do zobaczenia!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Cardiff University Fencing Club will be held on 3rd April 2014 at 7:45 PM in the boardroom (third floor, off 'The Lounge') of the Students' Union. The meeting is comprised of two main sections: firstly there will be reports from the Club President and Treasurer, during this part of the meeting we will also ratify the documents of governance of the club. This will be followed by election of the 2014/15 committee. 

Nominations for the committee are now open. To recap the committee for 2014/15 will be comprised of the following roles:

  • President
  • Treasurer/Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Men's Team Captain
  • Women's Team Captain
  • Social Secretary
  • Armourer

If you wish to stand for any of these positions you will need another member of the club to second your nomination, once you have this please email the Club Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the following: your name, the position you are standing for, the name of your seconder and your Cardiff University student number. You may stand for up to two positions on the committee but you can not stand for more than one of the first three positions (President, Treasurer and Secretary). As part of the election process you are required to address the AGM and outline why you are standing and what you hope to achieve in the role, should you be unable to attend the meeting you will need to send, along with your apologies, a brief document (200 word limit) to cover this to the Club Secretary. If you wish to find out more about the various committee roles please look at the Committee Page or talk to the incumbent. Any full member of the club who will be registered students in the 2014/15 academic year are welcome to stand for any position, with the exception of the Team Captains where nominees must be gender appropriate. 

Should you wish to raise a motion at the AGM you need to email the Club Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a summary of your motion (maximum of 50 words) and the motion itself (maximum 500 words). The deadline for motions is 96 hours prior to the start of the Annual General Meeting (7:45 PM 30th March). Any full member of the club may raise a motion.

The Annual General Meeting is a requirement of and run in accordance to The Constitution of Cardiff University Fencing Club (available to download here)

A Guide to Buying Equipment

Recently there have been a few people asking about buying kit; what they should buy first, where to buy from and how much it will cost. Hopefully the short guide below will answer a few of these questions. Of course you are welcome to keep using club equipment for as long as you want.


Men’s 1st fencing secure a much needed win

Match report: Aberystwyth Home – 13/11-13

Final score: 135 - 76

Having lost the first two matches of the season against Bath and Southampton, men’s 1st fencing were hard-pressed for a victory to secure further play in league 1. With several important players back from injury, first home match this year and a large group of enthusiastic spectators, the stage was set for a Cardiff win.

Aberystwyth came with a similar story having lost to Swansea and Bath in their first two games. The 7-man team were equally pressed for victory to avoid relegation.

Aberystwyth started strong in epee, scoring 35 hits against Cardiff’s 45. Although the individual fights were well-matched, Aberystwyth only won two out of nine bouts. While George Hawksworth and Edward Sibert fenced well, Chris Wild had an especially good day on the piste with an indicator of +6. Further praise is deserved as Wild went on to fence every single weapon and win every bout.

Their luck did not improve for foil or sabre as Cardiff won 45 – 19 and 45 – 22 respectively. Green and Houlston’sperformances over the last two matches secured them the opportunity to fence two bouts each, leading to four important wins for Cardiff. The return of Wild and Brien also added important stability and confidence to the team.

A final score of 135 – 76 meant Cardiff had won their first match this season. While the return of experienced fencers was important, it is important to recognize the improvement seen in the new team members over the last few weeks. This was a solid win for Cardiff, which places them in 5th place. November 27th the team will take on Southampton in the first cup match. Southampton has already beaten Cardiff once this year and the team will need to spend the next few weeks to prepare for the very difficult and important game. The last league match before Christmas will be home against Swansea on December 4th, where a win could bring Cardiff up to 3rd place.

George Hawksworth (C)
Edward Sibert
Chris Wild
Tom Brien
Josh Green
Jack Houlston

Cardiff Women vs. Surrey

The Cardiff University Women’s Fencing Team kicked off the season on Wednesday with a tense match against the University of Surrey team. Surrey were new this year to the premier league having recently inherited a number of international standard fencers. The Cardiff team were lamenting the loss of key fencers Lucy Ridsdale, Abi Difford, Tessa Lomax and Elen Tomlinson this year and were now entering their second year in the premiership, but still fielded a strong team.


Christmas Meal 2013

Christmas is just around the corner...

Time to start thinking about getting merry, feeling fat'n'full and celebrating!!!

The annual Christmas meal is booked!

On Tuesday 10th December at 19.30 come and join us in Henry's on Park Place in town for a 3 course meal. This is one of the rare occasions when we can get out of trackies and sweaty kit so black tie dress code is the necessary.


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Training Times

Mondays 5:30-7:30 PM
Fridays 7:30-9:30 PM
Team Training & Matches
Wednesdays from 1 PM

All sessions are in Talybont Sports Centre, Field Hall

Club Committee

President - Ben Hibbert

Secretary - Peter Markov

Treasurer - Federica Maschera

Men's Captain - Robin Elliott

Women's Captain - Heulwen Hill