WFC was established in 1992 and has been based continuously at The Oval Sports Centre. It is a member’s club run by and for its members; no fees are paid to coaches or club officers.
The club welcomes both experienced fencers and beginners with no prior experience of fencing, male and female, but for safety reasons we have a minimum age requirement of 13. We can provide all the necessary equipment to get started, beginners need only to ensure that they have strong trousers and wear suitable footwear (trainers). For beginners their first visit is free of charge. Should beginners then wish to continue fencing with us we ask them to join as members.
A typical club night consists of class and individual coaching and free fencing. All coaching is free of charge. Once a month we have a light hearted, handicap competition for foil fencers.
Although primarily a foil club we are able to offer coaching for both epee and sabre as well. Our coach Allan Howell has more than 50 years experience of fencing as competitor and coach and hold the British Fencing Association’s level 4 foil coaching certificate. Our other coach Peter Lloyd holds a level 3 BF foil coaching certificate.
Members fence for enjoyment and some participate in open tournaments around the country, something the club encourages. Members have achieved success at adult regional and youth international levels and we currently have fencers in the British ranking list, but it is for individuals to decide how ambitious they want to be – elite or hobby/fun fencers are equally welcome. Above all else, we at WFC want members to enjoy their fencing at whatever level they wish to participate.
Duty of Care and Welfare
The safety and well-being of all of our members is embedded in the way we operate. In doing so we
have a Club Welfare Officer (‘CWO’). He acts as a first point of contact in the event of any concerns
regarding the safety and well-being of any of our members. Any concerns can be raised with our
CWO in complete and trusted confidence.
Wirral Fencing Club recognises its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of all its
members.As part of that responsibility, Wirral Fencing Club is committed to:
Valuing, listening to and respecting all its members as well as promoting their welfare and
Safe recruitment, supervision and training for all the coaches within the Club.
Adopting a procedure for dealing with concerns about possible abuse.
Encouraging and supporting parents/carers.
Supporting those affected by abuse in the Club.
Maintaining good links with the statutory welfare & safeguarding authorities and other
The Club recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for all its members. The Club
also acknowledges that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and
emotional abuse, and neglect. Wirral Fencing Club has therefore adopted the procedures and policies
set out by the British Fencing Association – for more details click here
Our Club Welfare Officer is John E Jones. He can be reached using the following contact details:
Mobile phone: 07921609996
If the matter is of an urgent nature, please mark your correspondence as URGENT, and you will be
contacted by the CWO within 24hrs.
During this time the Club also has a COVID Officer, who is in charge of ensuring procedures are adhered to and British Fencing and Government guidelines are followed within the club. Stephen Brandwood, the current chairman, has been appointed to be the COVID Officer. Stephen, or in extraordinary circumstances, a delegate, will attend each fencing session. He has written a risk assessment with procedures which is updated every month.