Club fees

We offer flexible training fees to accomodate all fencers requirements. Reduced rates are available when paying quarterly, or if you are a guest (ie a full adult member of another HFA affiliated club). Quarterly subs are due on 1 April, 1 July, 1 Oct, 1 Jan.
Concessions are also available for juniors (under 18) and full time students.

Quarterly Visitor (per session)  Guest (per session)
Seniors £65.00
Juniors/students £52.50
Seniors £9
Juniors/students £6
Senior £5

Coaching Team

Regular training is the key to development and our highly experienced coaching tream focusses on core skills that benefit fencers in the salle, at competition and in day to day life.

  • Improving physical finess
  • Boosting stamina
  • Increasing co-ordination
  • Enhancing mental agility
  • Developing tactical awareness
Jon Daley
Sabre
Level 4 Sabre coach • Fencing since 2001 • Former Club Chairman, former County Chairman, and former Country Secretary • Tough Mudder and Parkrun aficionado
Laura Delany
Foil & Epee
Level 4 foil coach • 19yrs fencing experience • 4 British Youth Championship titles • GB team member at Cadet World Championships
Andy Docherty
Foil
Level 1 foil coach • Started fencing over 30yrs ago at school • England Commonwealth Vets team • Appeared as fencer in Die Another Day (007)
Andy Wood
Foil
Over 15yrs fencing experience • Level 1 Foil coach • Professional musician

Training schedule

Our training schedule covers all aspects of our fencers' development.
Focussed training evenings feature dedicated pistes for the respective weapons, with competition nights every month.
For those with an interest in competative fencing SAFC is proud to run the 3 Counties League, and an informal ladder league runs on training nights throughout the year.
We also hold regular social events to welcome beginners and build long lasting friendships within the fencing community.

April 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
2
  • 3 Counties match - Bedford (H) vs MK (A)
  • Committee meeting
3
  • 3 Counties match - Luton (H) vs S Hadalin (A)
4
5
  • 3 Counties match - St A (H) vs Dacorum (A)
  • Intermediate course Wk 6
  • Epee night
6
7
  • Elite Epee Weekend
  • Leicester Open 2018
  • HFA Easter Senior TeamChampionship
8
  • HFA Richard Kruse Training Day
9
  • 3 Counties match - Bedford (H) vs Watford (A)
10
11
12
  • 3 Counties match - MK (H) vs Luton (A)
13
14
  • British Fencing Championships 2018
15
16
  • 3 Counties match - Hitchin (H) vs MK (A)
17
18
19
  • Beginners course Wk 1
  • Sabre night
  • Drinks in club after event
20
21
22
23
  • 3 Counties match - Bedford (H) vs S Hadalin (A)
24
25
26
  • 3 Counties match - Dacorum (H) vs MK (A)
  • Beginners course Wk 2
  • Club Ladder night
27
28
29
  • British Team Sabre Championships
  • BYC U10 Sabre
30

Committee

The club is staffed by a dedicated team of voluneers, and committee members are on hand at every training night to ensure the smooth running of the club.

The committee is made up of three elected officials Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, who are supported in co-opted positions by the Welfare officer, Social secretary, Team captain, Members liason officer, and Armourer.

Committee meetings are held monthly to discuss the running of the club and organise events. Regular club members are welcome to attend these meetings and are encouraged to attend the AGM, at which club officers stand for election and the more significant club decisions are voted on.

James Bird
Chariman
Foil, Sabre & occasionally Epee • 18yrs fencing experience • Started fencing on a St Albans beginner course • Regular at St Albans Park Run
Philip Allen
Treasurer
Usually foil. Occasionally Epee or Sabre • Over 30yrs fencing experience • Treasurer for Herts Fencing Association • Keen cyclist and CAMRA member
Andre Lyons
Secretary (joint)
Membership • Foilist • Started fencing in 2017 • Member of oldest Japanese Sword School in the world
JD Evans
Secretary (joint), Armourer & Webmaster
Foilist • Over 25yrs fencing experience • Over 15yrs armouring experience
Melanie Rabier
Marketing
Foilist • Joined SAFC beginners class in 2018 • Citizen of the world • Keen photographer
Alex Gordon
Social & Marketing
Foil & occasionally Epee • Learned to fence at SAFC • 2yrs fencing experience
Ben Coates
Welfare & Marketing
Foilist • Started fencing at SAFC in 2017
James Bryant
Team Captain
Epee and occasional foil • 3 Counties Champoinshp • Inter-club matches • Started fencing aged 10 • Avid motorcyclist