Official Opening

On Friday 15th May the Cardiff Academy of Fencing was officially opened by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Cardiff Councillor Margaret Jones. Members, parents, family, friends from other clubs and representatives from Welsh Fencing also joined us for the celebration held at the new sale and were treated to demonstration fights by the club’s most successful youth fencers. There were nibbles and Bucks fizz being served by our Commonwealth-selected athletes who were congratulated for their success by the Lord Mayor and consort who were very interested in the sport and what makes it so fun.

After a tour of the fantastic facilities the Lord Mayor unveiled the plaque to a round of applause, and head coach Peter Russell spoke about the importance of this moment and what it means for fencing in Wales. He announced that any Welsh fencer would always be welcome, and that this was a facility for Wales, not just Russell Swords. A toast was then made by development coach Fran Whalley to the future success of fencing in Wales. The Mayor was thanked and presented with a bouquet of flowers.

British Youth Championships 2015

CAF had a fantastic weekend in Sheffield at the British Youth Championships 2015! An impressive 25 of the clubs fencers qualified to represent the Welsh region at this years event and all performed brilliantly - Not only did they fence with skill and confidence, but their sportsmanship and maturity (both in victory and defeat) was a credit to the club! We are extremely proud of you all.

Special mention need to go to Gracie Jenkins who took gold in the U12 girls sabre (dropping just 2 hits in her pool!) and James Kloss who fenced his socks off to take bronze in the U12 boys foil. Last 8's for Megan Ware, Oliver Howarth, Harri Hayes, and Oriel Gray made this the most successful BYCs ever for the club.

Our new training facilities and competitor program promise that next year will be even more of a stunner. Bring it on!

Sabre Refereeing Course

On 26th April we ran the first official event at The Academy, in the form of our sabre refereeing course. The course was run by London 2012 referee Mike Thronton and was a huge success with four people qualifying as a level one sabre referee and Thomas Martin passing his level two exam.