Fencer/Coach Development

Upcoming Training Days

13th January 2018 : NTU Lee Westwood Sports Centre
10am – 4pm


More 2018 training dates to follow

East Midlands Fencer and Coach Development 2017

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 U12 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 U12 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-12 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 6 hours (10:00-16:00) and include 2 hours of Strength & Conditioning (S&C) training run by experts from Sport981, and 4 hours of Fencing ran by some of the EM Region’s best coaches (specializing in each weapon).

The S&C sessions delivered by fitness specialists from Sports981 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: Chris Forbes

Treasurer: Jamie Sala

Head Foil Coach: John Holt

Head Sabre Coach: David Dobel-Ober

Head Epee Coach: Ev van Gemeren


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


U12 sessions will cost £10 per fencer.  U21 sessions will cost £20 per fencer.


Please direct all enquiries to Chris Forbes at EMCadets@gmail.com