About Fencing

Fencing never fails to conjure images of swashbuckling heroes, clashing swords as they kick furniture around (and generally do everything possible to create a massive Home Contents Insurance claim).

Or maybe you’ve actually tried it. In which case it probably brings to mind images of wildly-stabbing novices, shouting sabreurs, and that time the Men’s Captain got chased around the hall by a Frenchman in just his boxers.

Either way, modern fencing is a sport of speed, dexterity, and tactics, and is one of only five sports to feature in every modern Olympic Games. It’s a great way to improve your co-ordination, balance and flexibility, not to mention fantastic fun. So let the stabbing begin!

About the Club

Southampton University Fencing Club caters for all ability levels, from novices to those competing at the highest levels. We run several training sessions aimed at different skill groups, and we have a qualified coach to ensure that everyone gets the most from the sessions.

Our members compete in various competitions all around the country, ranging from the student-run Warwick Novices and LIUF tournaments to opens and the BUCS championships.

We also accept non-student members, though for insurance reasons we generally do not accept members below the age of 18.

Members who decide to partake in our novice sessions on Saturdays will require a Sports and Wellbeing Pass, details about this are given at the beginning of the academic year in our first few sessions and when new members join, however if you have any questions about this then please feel free to contact the fencing committee. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you’re aged 16 or over please get in touch with us to find out whether we can accommodate you; otherwise, we would recommend getting in touch with Hampshire Fencing to find your nearest other club.


We have regular socials (including non-alcoholic socials) that take many forms, such as fancy dress, pub crawls, restaurants and film nights. Our Social Secretary will keep you informed via the Facebook group, and would also like to hear your ideas for memorable socials.

The Committee

These are the people responsible for running the club. The committee for the 2018-2019 academic year are:

  • President: Patricia Kiy
  • Secretary: Ross Viljoen
  • Treasurer: Peter Varga
  • Men’s Captain: Matthew Jerome
  • Men’s 2nd Captain: Gregory Davies
  • Women’s Captain: Isobel Clark
  • Novice Representative and Officer of Wellbeing: Ewan Gauvin
  • Armourer: Alessio Velardi
  • Social Secretary: Lucy Croxford
  • Webmaster: Alastair Winder
  • Ordinary Member: Thomas Munro O’Brien

Contact Us

If you want to get in touch, you can email us at fencing@soton.ac.uk, or post on our Facebook group.

For website-related issues, you can email our webmaster at webmaster@sotonfencing.co.uk.