The coaching team at Cardiff Academy of Fencing is made up of both full-time and part-time coaches. It is lead by Peter Russell (FIE diploma'd Master). Availability of the coaching team varies from coach-to-coach but all coaches are available for one-to-one lessons as well a group and club sessions.

Mr Peter Russell - Head Coach

Peter is a FIE Diploma'd fencing master (foil) having studied in Germany under Andre Magro, and holds Sabre and Epée coaching qualifications with both the British Academy and British Fencing Association. He has been coaching professionally for over 7 years and his students include numerous members of various Welsh and British Teams. Peter is also a qualified foil, epee and sabre referee, a BF Team Manager and a black belt in Taekwondo.



Miss Fran Whalley - Development Coach

Fran is an FIE diploma'd sabre master and studied in Hungary under Ioan Pop. She started fencing at university and quickly gravitated towards sabre. Since then she has represented Wales at both student and senior level in Sabre at the 5 Nation's. Fran is prodominantly responsible developing our youth section, and is the Pathway Coordinator for our enhaanced training programme for 12-16year olds. Fran is also a qualified sabre referee and BF Team Manager. Alongside her coaching Fran is also a reguar competitor in Women's Sabre.



Luke Deamer

Mr Luke Deamer - Assistant Coach

Luke is a level 2 BFA foil coach and has been fencing for 13 years. He has represented both England and Great Britain on the international circuit, including at the European cadet championships, and continues to train alongside his role as a coach. Luke is also a qualified foil referee.



Zach Clabon

Mr Zach Clabon - Assistant Coach

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