Fencer/Coach Development

EM Fencer/Coach Development Day

This is an open training day for any fencer or coach wishing to attend and develop their skills.
These training days are intended to benefit grass roots Fencing in the community and feature lots of good ideas that can be taken back to regular club Fencing.

Contact : emcadets@gmail.com

Date :

27th January 2024

24th February 2024

23rd March 2024

13th April 2024

25th May 2024

29th June 2024

27th July 2024

24th August 2024

Location : NTU Lee Westwood Sports Centre

Juniors (U13) : 10am to 12pm

13+ sessions 12:30pm to 4pm
Strength and Conditioning for Fencing  : 12.30pm to 2pm
Class Lessons : 2pm to 4pm

Juniors : £10
Seniors : £20

East Midlands Fencer and Coach Development

The East Midlands Fencer & Coach Development Scheme takes an inclusive approach, whereby all regional fencers who are currently competing, who plan to start competing, or who wish to gain additional experience and training before starting to compete are welcome to attend. Coaches are also welcome to come along with their fencers, or inquire about the ongoing coach development opportunities at each training session.

The sessions are intended to compliment Club training by bringing together young fencers from all three weapons from different clubs across the region, to train and learn together.

Each Fencer & Coach Development training day intends to encompass and enhance the training of coaches, club volunteers, armorers, child welfare officers, referees and team managers for the benefit of the Region’s clubs and fencers.

EM U13 sessions

Children from 8 years old can enjoy the physical and mental challenges of fencing. At the younger ages the sport is primarily about agility, balance, co-ordination and speed as well as actual combat with swords.

The regular U13 sessions run for the gradual introduction to the main squad for younger, less experienced fencers.  Lessons are provided by individual weapon coaches (and assistants when the numbers warrant it) in all three weapons; sessions run for 2 hours and will take place from 10:00 to 12:00 on the dates at the top of this page.

Under-13 sessions do not include Strength and Conditioning; they focus on reinforcing and introducing basic technical and tactical elements and maximize the sparing opportunities with children of a similar age and standard, whilst starting to ingrain the habit of regular training.

EM Development Sessions

The main training sessions run for 3.5 hours (12:30pm – 4pm) and include 1.5 hours of Strength & Conditioning (S&C) training, and 2 hours of Fencing class lessons (specializing in each weapon), 

The S&C sessions have been designed for different levels of ability. Programs are available for beginners all the way up to competing adults.

The emphasis of these sessions will be to teach participants how to train effectively and safely to avoid injury, to monitor their development, and later to enhance peak performance.

Fencing training is delivered by weapon specific coaches. Sessions include footwork, technical and tactical work, as well as sparing and competitive practice.

Coaching is delivered in groups and individual lessons in order to maximize the potential of group dynamic (but also to provide personalized coaching where appropriate).

Coaching Structure

Programme Administrator: Jenna Griffiths

Treasurer: Nigel Leavesley

Head Foil Coach: Jenna Griffiths

Head Sabre Coach: Ev Van-Gemeren

Head Epee Coach: Ian Toplis


Nottingham Trent University Lee Westwood Sports Centre. This venue is close the M1 corridor and is central to the East Midlands Region.


U13 sessions will cost £10 per fencer.  13+ sessions will cost £20 per fencer.


Please direct all enquiries to Jenna Griffiths at EMCadets@gmail.com

You can sign up here – https://linktr.ee/emfencing.

Poster for U13 East Midlands Fencer Development Training

Poster for Over 13 East Midlands Fencer Development Training