The Team

Leicester Fencing Club is primarily run by volunteers, they do this for the simple joy of encouraging more people to join in their favourite sport, allow me to introduce everyone here.

David Istance-Tamblin – Chair of the Board & Coach

_RVP5918David started fencing in 2012 almost straight after the London 2012 Olympic Games. He fell in love with the sport overnight and quickly realised that his ambition was to become a coach and combine the sport with his love of helping and teaching people. During a tour of New Zealand he was invited to coach the Taupo Swords fencing club, something which he considers his proudest fencing achievement to date. He regularly coaches at Leicester whilst studying at Leicester College, he is due to start a Degree in Chemistry in September 2017. He took over as Chair of the club in Autumn 2015.
Coaching Qualifications : BFA Level 1 Foil coaching, Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults, Emergency First Aid, Clear enhanced DBS check.
Coaching Experience : Full Foil Coach from 2015 to present at Leicester & Assistant Epee Coach at Market Harborough Swords 2015 – 2016.
Fencing Qualifications : Foil Grade 1 – 3 & Epee Grade 1 – 3.
Fencing Experience : 2014 East Midlands Beginners Foil Gold Medallist.

Lee Garner – Vice Chair & Coach

Previous Popic1sitions Held : Chairman, Child Protection Officer, Competition Secretary.
Coaching Qualifications : BAF Level 1 Foil, Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults, First Aid for Sports.
Coaching Experience : Assistant Coach from 2007 – 2009, Full Foil Coach from 2009 to present & Mini Fencing Coach with the demonstration team at the 2009 Special Olympics.
Fencing Qualifications : Foil Level Grade 1 – 6 & Epee Level Grade 1 – 2.
Fencing Experience : Captain of the Leicester Fencing Club B Team from 2006 – 2012 for the LRFU League ( League Winners in 2012 ), 2006 East Midlands Beginners Foil Silver Medallist, 2007 East Midlands Beginners Bronze Medallist, 2008 East Midlands Intermediates Bronze Medallist, 2008 Cornhill Cup Bronze Medallist, 2009 Cornhill Cup Silver Medallist, 2012 Cornhill Cup Gold Medallist, 2012 Games Maker Volunteer for the 2012 London Olympics Fencing Event.

Steve Smith – Deputy Chair & Head Sabre Coach

Steve has been fencing for more years than anyone else, he’s been running the Sabre arm of the club for 14 years.
He holds
BAF Sabre Coach
BAF Level 1 Foil
Member of the British Academy of Fencing
Member of the British Fencing Association

Chris Beadling – Head Coach

Chris has been teaching fencing professionally for 5/6 years now, after being a member of LFC for another 5.
BAF Advanced/Level 4 Foil (pp) BAF Intermediate/Level 3 Foil
BAF Level 1 Epee
BAF Level 1 Sabre
Level 1 Foil British Fencing Association Member of the British Academy of Fencing Member of the British Fencing Association

Rebecca Istance-Tamblin – Secretary

Bex has never been a fencer but has a keen interest in volunteering and was approached in Sept 2015 to help run the club. She has taken this in hand well and everyone will agree that she’s the one who keeps everyone in line. In her spare time Bex enjoys Lush bubble baths, reads a lot of young adult fiction and plays too much candy crush.

Julie Guy – Treasurer, Coach Child Protection Officer.

Julie has been a member of LFC for some time, both as a member and a coach. Julie has been keeping an eye on our pennies for the last few years.

Jonathan Bird – Assistant Coach

Jonathan started fen_RVP6015cing after watching the commonwealth games, checked out Leicester Fencing Club and booked himself on a free taster session, and was instantly hooked by the sport, he’s been fencing now for 18 months. He has also taken to the coaching side well and currently
for grade 1 coaching which he finds really interesting and rewarding.
His qualifications are
Foil grades 1-3, working towards grade 4. He is also aiming towards completing the full coach’s level 1 qualification.

Steve Wright – Assistant Coach.

Steve has been fencing with LFC for a while and assists in running the beginners courses.

Craig Bustin – Assistant Coach.

Craig has been one of the members of LFC for some time, he holds a grade one foil coach’s qualification and assists the beginners courses. Last year he represented LFC in

Caitlin & Libby – Board Youth Representatives.

Caitlin and Libby have both been fencing for around 3 years now and take a keen interest in furthering the club for all of it’s juniors.