A trio of fencers with an entire haul of Olympic and Commonwealth Video games medals between them are overseeing a fencing revolution in Cambridge.

On the forefront of it’s Sarah Paveley. Sarah has been a coach at Cambridge Sword for the previous 15 years and Head Coach for the previous two years. She is a two-time Commonwealth Video games silver-medallist.

She has roped within the assist of lifelong pals Linda Strachan – who competed in two Olympics and has seven Commonwealth medals to her title, and Pierre Harper – a three-time Olympian who has gained three Commonwealth titles.

Linda Strachan, Pierre Harper and Sarah Paveley

The duo assist out when not busy with their very own membership primarily based in London, and collectively the three are out to make Cambridge Sword not solely a hit story, however an inclusive membership for fencers of all ages and skills.

‘We wish to be the premier membership within the area’

“Linda, Pierre and I’ve been pals for some 40 years now by fencing, they usually assist run a few of our after faculty golf equipment within the space,” mentioned Sarah, who’s now 55 and has been fencing since a teen.

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Fencers in motion with the Cambridge Swords

“Our purpose is to be the premier membership within the area for producing Nice Britain worldwide fencers, in addition to membership fencers for whom it’s only a massively satisfying pastime.

“We’ve bought one fencer who has simply gained her first worldwide colors, and we’re hoping for a lot of extra. Nevertheless it’s not nearly that – we even have one who desires to qualify as a coach and referee, and he’s discovered what he desires from the game.

“Others that simply benefit from the sport and our environment- it doesn’t need to result in something besides enjoyment.”

Though she has been with the membership since 2003, Sarah took over the operating of Cambridge Sword two years in the past after quitting her job as industrial supervisor at Anglia Ruskin to deal with teaching full time.

‘Fencers ought to get pleasure from it at no matter stage they select’

“Within the time I’ve been Head Coach we have grown from 35 members to 200,” she mentioned.

A teen in motion with the Cambridge Swords

“However we wish to be sustainable, which is why we’re going into the faculties. High quality teaching doesn’t come low cost in any sport, however we’ve bought three former Commonwealth and Olympic athletes.

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“Through the years the membership has invested in package and all package is supplied when children begin with us.

“I wish to emulate my coach at my first membership in Stevenage, Mike Regulation, who was a good friend, mentor all my life, a lot greater than a coach, like a second dad. I wish to move on my love for the game to my pupils.

Why ought to I be part of Cambridge Sword?

Cambridge Sword is a dynamic, buzzing fencing membership for kids aged between six and 18.

It gives enjoyable and pleasant classes after faculty throughout Cambridge and night classes for intermediates and past.

Fencing is enjoyable, mentally taxing and bodily demanding however it attracts all styles and sizes – there is no such thing as a customary athletic kind that’s profitable at fencing.

It appeals to those that are sporty and non-sporty and it may instil an ideal sense of accomplishment, develop flexibility, posture and energy.

We enthuse our fencers to undertake fencing as their lifetime sport and we assist them obtain not solely fencing abilities and approach however refereeing, teaching and armoury {qualifications} if they’re and want to progress these.

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We additionally actively promote and encourage utilizing fencing as a talent or volunteering goal in Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

We use the British Academy of Fencing syllabus and supply fencers with the chance to attain the bronze, silver and gold efficiency awards of their first years of fencing.

Our coaches are all certified, skilled and registered with the British Fencing Affiliation.

Shut relationships, enjoyable and laughter are key parts of the membership’s success and while fencing is a person sport the atmosphere is sociable, noisy and the favorite warm-up video games are variations of group dodgeball.

We discover that our surroundings helps shy or reserved kids have interaction with others in their very own means.

“My first precept is my fencers ought to get pleasure from it at no matter stage they select, whether or not that’s as a membership fencer or a world. I am eager to supply the assist and coaching they require to succeed in their potential.

“Simply sport footwear and monitor go well with bottoms are wanted – the membership gives all of the package you want.”

Click on right here to seek out out extra about Cambridge Sword or to make a reserving – we now have inexperienced persons classes throughout Cambridge beginning in September.


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