The Leicester Fencing Club’s junior sabre group was formed in September 2002 and trains at Aylestone Leisure Centre on Friday evenings between 7pm and 9pm. Since it’s formation three of its members have qualified and attended the world cadet championships in 2006 (Korea), 2007 (Turkey) and 2008 (Italy). Members of the squad have also qualified for the World U23 Championships in Monza (2008), Cadet European Championships in 2007 and 2008, represented England in the Cadet quadrangular, won the Leon Paul Series, won the British Youth Championships, won the Leicester Open, won the Shropshire Opens and won a silver at the 3rd Commonwealth Junior Championships in Penoug 2009.
The group is coached by Steve Smith with assistance from John Willows and is for fencers between 10 and 20 years of age. Currently we average about 10 fencers each session.
Following her bronze medal at the U12 British Youth Championships finals in Sheffield last year and fencing as part of the East Midlands Girls Sabre Team at the Cadet Winton Cup, Varvara has been invited by British Fencing to fence in Poland.
One of our members Sam Brightman is seen by thousands of travellers each year in the baggage reclaim area at East Midlands Airport see the photo below along with some newspaper clippings.