Welcome to Trafford Sword Club

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We are based at the John Alker Club Flixton M41 6QY Meetings are held on Tuesday nights.

Trafford Sword Club teaches the Olympic sport of fencing to juniors aged 8 to 16 and adults over 16.
We also coach Fencers at all 3 weapons and any ability.
Contact us for our Adult and a Junior beginners courses. All equipment is provided you will need the usual sports attire and a cold drink.


Club contact Gill Prideaux: (0161) 613 2325


The club was formed in 1989 and is a member of the British Fencing Association, Which includes public liability insurance.

Individual membership, which includes personal insurance, is required when a fencer has been a member of Trafford sword club for 3 months.

All three weapons - Foil, Epee and Sabre are taught and coached at the club from beginner to international level and all coaches are trained by the British Fencing Association and/ or the British Academy of Fencing.

Trafford Sword Club’s Motto is:

"The Social Club with a Competitive Edge"

The club has an active social life; an infamous BBQ once a year, restaurant visits and other 'get togethers'. We also meet in the bar of the leisure centre for a drink and a chat every week after fencing.  Within the fencing Salle we encourage a sense of sportsmanship combined with a competitive challenge for juniors and seniors alike.

The club is a mixture of social fencers (fencers who just enjoy the sport for its own sake) and competitive fencers, who compete at regional and national level.



We run adult and junior beginners courses as required please contact us for details.

This courses run for Six or eight  weeks and each session lasts for one and a half hours.

The junior beginners course starts at 7pm  – juniors are accepted from the age of 8 yrs.

Trafford Sword Club welcomes everyone from 8yrs to 88yrs to their Fencing Salle – whether you are a beginner wishing to learn the sport or a fencer who wants to return after an absence (no matter how long).
Or perhaps you are a Fencer looking for a second club – or more/advanced coaching then look no further, T.S.C. is the club for you – give the club contact a ring , you are assured of a warm welcome.

All fencing equipment is provided by the club but you will need; basic sports wear,
track suit bottoms, T-shirt and training shoes.



Weekly subscriptions are:

Juniors £3.50

Seniors £5.00

These subscriptions cover venue hire and upkeep of equipment.
All equipment is free of charge.
Equipment purchase can be made through the Club at a later date

TSC is affiliated to British fencing you will be required to become a member of British fencing if you decide to join TSC. As you receive third party insurance it is highly recommended.


The Sport

A Sport for all - a Sport for Life

The skills of the Sword were invented by Man through the necessity to stay alive - self-preservation is the name of the game !
Sword fighting has been practised in all parts of the world for thousands of years. Men, and sometimes Women, fought battles with many different types of swords, training seriously for combat to the death.Later on when wars were fought mainly with firearms and duels were forbidden by law, Sport Fencing remained popular.

There are three types of fencing practised today, each named after the type of sword used: Foil, Epee, & Sabre

The Foil developed from the light French court sword, worn not just as part of a gentlemans dress, but to defend himself against attack from street thieves and cut-throats. It was also the practise weapon of the 17th century.

The Epee evolved from the 16th century rapier used by the French Musketeers and the weapon most favoured for duelling.

The Sabre is a light slender flexible weapon that derives from the slashing cavalry sword of the 18th century Hungarian Hussars.

Today Men and Women fence with all three weapons and compete individually or in teams. Each weapon requires slight variations in style, technique and rules as the target area is different for each weapon.

All Fencers wear protective clothing: A fencing jacket, wire mesh mask and a leather glove are worn by fencers at all times in combat, with the additions of breeches, strong socks and under-arm protectors in competition.

Fencing is a mixture of mental and physical activity. The perfect way to use controlled aggression and get that zip of adrenalin. You learn the skills of the swordsman and become as fit as any modern athlete. Fencing can also help with stress caused at work or by life in general, by channelling the stress into controlled aggressive activity and using the mental and emotional stimulation of combat to relieve frustration and anger.

This is a sport that everyone from 8 to 88 can enjoy - Men or Women, Child or adult. It is the sport that gives you the thrill of combat without the fear of death.