Fencing Club

Newsletter #10.

Spring Term 2018 - Issue Ten

Welcome to the second newsletter of the Spring term. In this issue, we report on the terrific results our fencers have achieved in recent competitions. We also have a guest column, written by Head Coach John's mum, Naomi Routledge. In this special article, Naomi charts the family history that led to the formation of Sarum Swords.

Cornwall Leon Paul Junior Series Winner

Davis Dore (centre left) Cornwall LPJS Winner

Congratulations to Truman and Davis Dore, who both fenced brilliantly at the Cornwall Leon Paul Junior Series event on the 11th February.

In the under 11 boys foil, Truman won three out of four matches in his group. This placed him 6th going into the elimination. He continued to fence well, winning his first direct elimination, before finally going out to Arlo Bason in the quarter-final.

Cornwall LPJS Quarter-finalist - Truman Dore

Davis extended his recent run of excellent results in the under 13 boys foil event. Although he has another year in this age group, he won all of his bouts across two rounds of poules. Davis had to work hard in the semi-final and final, but emerged as Champion having been undefeated all day. Well done!

Action at the Cornwall LPJS

Under 13 Boys Foil Results: Click Here
Under 11 Boys Foil Results: Click Here

Newham Junior Foil Series Medallist

Davis Dore (centre right) Newham Junior foil series Bronze Medallist

Well done to the four Sarum Swords fencers who took part in the first event of the Newham Junior Foil Series  on the 3rd and 4th February. Congratulations go to Davis Dore who fenced brilliantly to finish 3rd out of 30 fencers in the under 12 boys event.

Under 12 boys:

Davis Dore 3rd

Under 12 girls:

Natasha Begbour 10th

Under 10 boys:

Truman Dore: 14th

Matthew Stahl: 18th

Full results: Click here

Bristol Leon Paul Junior Series Quarter Finallist

Well done to the three fencers who represented Sarum Swords at the Leon Paul junior series event at Bristol. In the under 13 boys category, Davis Dore and Kunle Taiwo both made good starts in the group stages. Notably, in his group, Davis scored impressive victories over Southern Region foil champion Ben Turner and the Bath Leon Paul champion George Hills. This excellent fencing gave Davis a bye straight through to the last 16. At this stage, Davis drew fellow Sarum Swords club mate Adekunle Taiwo for a place in the quarter finals and was eliminated (10-6). Kunle continued to fence well in the quarter final, but was narrowly defeated 10-7, despite producing some great fencing.

In the under 11 boys event, Truman Dore won two matches in his group. In the elimination stages, Truman was defeated by Alexander James, in a match that was close most of the way through. All of our boys did us proud and will have gained valuable experience from this tough event.

Coach John's words of Wisdom

Advanced Apprenticeships in Sporting Excellence

Over the half term (February 17th & 18th), I was honoured to be asked by British Fencing to plan and lead the foil training for their two day AASE Talent Camp at the Leon Paul Centre in London. AASE, or 'the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence', to give it it's full title, provides a structured training and development route across a number of sports for talented athletes who have a real chance of excelling in their sport; either by competing on the world stage or securing a professional contract. AASE is a Level 3 qualification, based around NVQs (National Vocational Qualification) in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance and Understanding Sports Performance. It is designed for fencers who have the the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level. The programme covers all areas of your training and helps you to develop as an athlete and fencer, as well as gain a UCAS-recognised qualification (it is worth 32 UCAS Tarrif Points towards University apllication) :

Hard training at the February AASE Talent Camp

The award is notionally a 2- year programme for fencers aged 16-18 on the 1st of September. They can be studying other academic qualifications at a school or college of further education. Fencers must have completed their GCSE level qualifications and cannot combine this with University education or other Level 4 qualification. So normally fencers will start at the beginning of year 12. For more information about applying to the AASE programme, fencers or parents should click here or contact Neil Brown: Click link

Coach John's Mum's words of Wisdom


I started fencing at the age of ten in 1960, when a Czechoslovakian called Popper came to live in our Kibbutz (a Kibbutz is collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture). Popper had been a professional soldier in the Czech army but was employed as one of the National coaches by the Czechoslovakian government

Naomi Routledge - Ready to fence in 1960

Lots of kids wanted to fence. There wasn’t enough kit, but the children on the Kibbutz didn’t care that the foils and masks had to be shared. We spent hours on footwork, agility and fitness and if lucky, got to handle a foil once or twice during a training session.

Naomi Routledge (pictured far right) with Coach Popper and her fencing class

In 1961, Popper started to enter me for competitions and I rose through the ranks until I was ranked 3rd in Israel! I moved to England and started fencing again in the early 1990’s at Seacourt fencing club on Hayling Island. One evening, my middle son John came with me and picked up a foil…the rest is History.

Naomi's son, Head Coach John (picture taken in 1991 when John was aged 12) and Naomi's four year old Grandson Charlie Routledge




Davis is a fantastically talented young fencer. Amongst his recent achievements, he won the London, Welsh and Cornwall Leon Paul Junior Series events. He also made the quarter-final of the England Youth Championships and won the Southern Region team championships. I am yet to meet a harder working pupil. Davis is a role model for every member of Sarum Swords fencing club.

Upcoming Competitions:

(If you need help entering any competition or would like to know if any of these events would be suitable for your child, please contact coach John.


Past Newsletters:

Issue One: Click here

Issue Two: Click here

Issue Three: Click here

Issue Four: Click here

Issue Five: Click here

Issue Six: Click here

Issue Seven: Click here

Issue Eight: Click here

Issue Nine: Click here

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