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Cambridge Sword is primarily a fencing club for young people although the advanced sessions are open to adults. Our coaching team, led by Sarah Paveley, who is a very experienced former international fencer, is able to offer excellent coaching in foil for all levels.

Fencers from Cambridge Sword participate in competitions ranging from local events to international ones. There are opportunities for everyone to try out their fencing skills outside the club when they feel ready.

New:  An eight-week beginners’ course for children will be starting on Thursdays at  Netherhall School from 5 – 6.30pm starting on the 19th May. Cost £60 with kit provided.

Guest coach: Gabor Hadalin.

Please contact Bridget for more details or to book.

Where & When:

During term time:  Sessions start in the week beginning 11th April 2016. There are no sessions during half term (31st May – 3rd June)

Mondays from 7 to 9pm at the Netherhall School for intermediate and advanced fencers. Coach: Sarah Paveley

Tuesdays from 6 to 6:30pm at the Netherhall School for beginner fencers (youth only).  Coach: Sarah Paveley

Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Netherhall School for beginner and intermediate fencers (youth only). Extra individual coaching is available from 8:30 to 9pm for those interested. Coaches: Peter Thompson and Fiona Turnbull.

Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm at the Perse Upper School for intermediate and advanced fencers. Coach: Sarah Paveley

What It Costs:

Tuesday: £8 per night for 6:30 to 8:30pm. Fees are payable termly in advance. Protective clothing is available for hire.

Monday and Wednesday evenings: £9 per session for youth fencers and students and £10 for adults on a PAYG basis. Block payment of fees entitles fencers to 15 min individual lessons on a rotational basis. Please contact Bridget for current rate. Guests have priority for the 15 minute queuing lesson held every session.


Sarah Paveley: two time Commonwealth silver medallist, Sarah is an experienced Level 3 coach,who is keen to promote fencing in the Cambridge area.

Fiona Turnbull: a Level 2 coach who still finds time to compete at epee.

Cambridge Sword in association with Cambridge Fencing Association is very keen to support fencers wishing to develop as coaches. Please contact us if you want to talk about how we can work together.


Bridget Hayes Tel 01223 840418

Sarah Paveley: Tel 07837 933603

cambridgesword at_goes_here shelford dot_goes_here org


Netherhall School (in Blue Gym), Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge, CB1 8NN

Perse Upper School (in Sports Studio), Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8QF

Other Info:

Individual lessons given by Sarah Paveley are available on Saturday mornings at Linton Village College and Tuesday evenings at Netherhall School. Please contact Sarah for details and to book.

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