Durham Phoenix Fencing Club "rose from the ashes" of a previous fencing club and has been training fencers in the north east since 2002. We are a friendly, safe and inclusive club for fencers of all abilities and from ~8 years old, to veterans (40+).
(Find out about our welfare officer and policies here)
Having outgrown our last venue, we now train at Hetton School (DH5 9JZ).
THURSDAY night from 7.00-9.00pm.
We also run semi-regular training/sparring days (usually a SATURDAY)
Beginners of any age (8+) are always welcome.
Or if you have some fencing experience,
come along and join our club night
Sessions costs £5 per person.
We have a good group of fencers, ranging in ages from ~8 to 13 and 14 to veteran! (40+) and from recent beginners to experienced fencers.
Over the years, Phoenix fencers have gone on to train at elite level and compete at national and international events.
Some of the region's top fencers got their first taste of fencing at Durham Phoenix and this is something we want to continue.
Our regular team of qualified, mainly volunteer coaches; includes Chris Morton and Clive Madgin who were both around at the founding of Durham Phoenix. Both Chris and Clive are experienced coaches and have been coaching fencers at a number of clubs and schools in the North East for many years. We also have a number of other Level 1 + 2 coaches who help to run our training sessions and coach our fencers. Between them all, there is well over 100 years of fencing and coaching experience!
Thanks to a windfall following the sad demise of our long time hosts, the Gilesgate Community and Sports Association, along with lottery and grant funding; we have a good stock of club equipment. We have both basic training kit and electrical scoring equipment, so if you are new to the sport, don't worry, we provide all the necessary safety equipment you need to get started.
As a beginner, you’ll just need to wear comfortable clothing (tracksuit bottoms, T-shirt and trainers.) and bring along a drink (or a water bottle to fill) as excercising in an extra layer or two of safety kit can (and certainly should) be hot work!
Coach Chris - was a founder of Durham Phoenix, is our 'club organiser' and able to teach all three weapons to performance level. He is involved with fencing coaching at a number of clubs and schools throughout the North East, including Emmanuel College & South Tyneside Fencing Club (Formerly Monkton Stadium), St Mary's RC School club at Longbenton in Newcastle. He also works with the Club Durham Sports network doing classes and taster sessions in the County
Coach Simon - fenced through his school years on Orkney where he got his first coaching qualification aged about 15 and continued to fence and coach at University in St. Andrews. He kept fencing after moving to the North East in 1999 and now, as well as being a foil coach at Durham Phoenix he also trains at Newcastle Fencing Club. He still competes, when he can, at national open and now Veterans competitions too.
Coach Richard - began fencing relatively recently (compared to some of the other coaches) when his son took up the sport in the mid naughties. He has taken an active role in the club, gaining his level 1 & 2 coaching qualification and subsequently setting up the East Durham Fencing Club based in Wingate.
Coach Clive - is another very experienced coach who has been involved from the early days of Phoenix and has been involved with fencing in the area for many years. Clive is both a British Fencing and British Academy of Fencing qualified coach. Clive has 'semi-retired' and no longer runs classes in local schools, but still gives lessons at Durham Phoenix. He is also the coach within the club who normally assesses both the British Fencing and British Academy of Fencing achievment award schemes.
Coach Duncan - is a recent addition to our group of coaches and brings in experience with wheelchair fencing. Duncan represented GB and the British Army in fencing and archery before suffering a spinal injury (a minor setback!) Duncan has since taken part as an archer at the Invictus games and has been an international GB wheelchair fencer.