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Training

Training sessions are held in the large multipurpose room at the University Sports Centre on the West Cambridge site.

Due to space limitations and the size of our membership, training sessions are divided up by ability into either Advanced (subdivided into Development and Elite), Intermediate or Beginner. These pages outline the sessions we run and who should attend which, although some movement between sessions as we get to know new fencers and they get to know the Club and progress is bound to happen.

Anybody who has fenced competitively before and wishes to do so at Cambridge should attend the Development sessions, unless specifically invited to the Elite sessions. We ask that social fencers or those with only limited previous experience attend the Intermediate sessions, and those who have not fenced before or not more than a handful of times please attend the Beginner sessions. More details on all of these sessions can be found by clicking the relevant tab below.

Individual Lessons

Lessons with Alex, Pierre and Gabor can be pre-booked at the start of term in 15 minute slots and are partially subsidised by the club costing £7 per 15 minutes. An email will be sent round about lesson bookings at the start of each term. As Jack volunteers his time with us lessons with him are free - all you have to do is turn up at the session and ask him.

If you have any questions about coaching and/or lessons please contact the club president.

Advanced Coaches

Alex Bela

Alex Bela

Pierre Harper

Pierre Harper


Alex started fencing when he was 6 in Romania. He spent 12 years competing for the Romanian national team and has had numerous successes in both national and international competitions including winning medals at World Cups and Grand Prix and winning the Romanian National Championships in 2011. He has been coaching sabre since he moved to the UK in 2011, including coaching fencers from the top 10 in the UK.


Pierre is an former GB foilist who represented GB at several junior and senior internationals and World Championships as well as at three Olympic Games. Pierre is now a successful coach at Newham Swords, Cambridge Sword and now here at CUFC.

Gabor Hadalin

Gabor Hadalin

Jack

Jack


Gabor is Hungarian and started to fence aged 8, achieving good results in epee from a young age. He stopped competing in 1986, and after graduating from Semmelweis University, Institute of Coaching and Sport Education, he became a full-time coach. He arrived in the UK in 2008 and has since trained a many young fencers who have achieved good results in national and international competitions. He has been awarded the Level 5 coaching qualification by the British Fencing Association in all three weapons, but focuses mainly on epee and foil.

Beginners' & Intermediates' Coaches

Tom Harvey

Tom Harvey


Tom is a current epeeist on the Men's First team. Tom has fenced at a high national level and represented GB at cadet European competitions.

Dan Summerbell

Dan Summerbell


Dan is a foilist who has returned for another four years of CUFC fun (and maybe his PhD) after graduating with an engineering degree in 2010. As co-funder of the Summerbell-Jones Beginners' Varsity trophy, Dan knows everything there is to know about winning the Beginners' Varsity. Fun fact: As beginners' coach Dan has a 100% Beginners' Varsity victory record.

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