Russell Swords is a Cardiff based fencing club running classes across the city for both adults and kids, catering for everyone from beginner to international competitor. Come and learn the exciting modern sport of fencing in one of the largest and most successful clubs in Wales! Click below to find out more...

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The Team


Our committed and experienced team is geared to help you at every stage of your fencing education, from day one beginner to verteran of a hundred tournaments. In addition to their fencing qualifications all of our coaches have undergone emergency first aid and child protection training. They also all hold enhanced CRB certificates.

Head Coach – Mr Peter Russell

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Peter is a FIE Diploma'd fencing master and studied in Germany under Andre Magro. He also holds additional 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.

Development Coach – Miss Fran Whalley

Fran Whalley

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.

Assistant Coach - Mr Luke Deamer

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.

Welfare Officer - Miss Rebecca Fouracre

Rebecca has been a foster carer for 4 years, had CP training aswell as paediatric first aid, health and safety at work and managing challenging behaviour. Her son, Morgan, has been at club for 2 years so she knows the Russell swords 'family' well and attends 3 sessions a week. She is available to discuss any issues, or welfare concerns in confidence either at club, or on the contact deatils here.

Assistant Coach – Mr Zach Clabon

Zach Clabon

Zach's bio is pending...

Club Committee Members

Chairman - Mr Peter Russell

Treasurer - Mr Paul Russell

Secretary & Welfare Officer - Miss Francesca Whalley

Welfare Officer - Miss Rebecca Fouracre

Senior Fixtures Officer - Mr Thomas Martin

Junior Fixtures Officer - Mr Steven Dawe

Social Officers - Mrs Sarah Cronin & Mrs Kath Hayes

Promotions Officers - Mz Jayne Ware and Mrs Elane Cocoran


You can find the minutes from the 2014 AGM here.