About The Coach

John Routledge has over 10 years experience of coaching primary and secondary school age childen. In 2009, he was sent by British Fencing to train in Bucharest Romania to qualify for his FIE international coaching diploma. There, he was trained by three times Olympian Petru Kuki and the 1995 world foil champion Dmitri Chevtchenko. The programme consisted of a minimum of thirty hours training per week amounting to over two hundred and forty hours of coaching education in total. Upon returning to Britain, England Fencing awarded him his level five foil coaching award. He also ran the foil coaching ‘master class’, at Loughborough University in 2010 at the British and England fencing coaches conference. For the past four years, John has been undertaking 'Continuing Professional Development', learning from Great Britain's Olympic fencing coach Ziemek Wojciechowski. He has been checked by CRB, has been trained and certified in First Aid and attended Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops. From 2017-2018, John worked as a ‘British Fencing Talent Coach’, running Talent Camps and helping to support the British Fencing Talent Pathway. He also recently coached the England under 17 and under 20 foil teams at the Cadet and Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships. John's ethos is to aid the empowerment and development of young people through sport.


- John's coaching articles for young fencers


- John's coaching Youtube channel


- John's report on his FIE coaching course (taken from 'The Sword'

  magazine - page 20)

A Salisbury based Fencing Club

About The Venue

Our venue at Sarum 76 is actually a fully equipped martial arts dojo, with permanent matted floor and high beams. We share this space with some of the local adult martial arts clubs. The matted floor is the perfect safe environment for beginner fencers and  the children have plenty of space to move around.


Please Note; as the floors are matted, no shoes or trainers to be worn on the matted floors when a session is in progress.





We are ideally situated in Salisbury City Centre on Brown Street with a car park across the road and a few parking spaces available outside our gate.


Bus services are regular to the City Centre - please check with Salisbury Reds for more information on bus times and pick up/drop off points.


The Venue is located next door to the right of the Alzheimers Society building, there is a blue wooden gate which leads down an alleyway, through a light blue door into the building then up the stairs to the top floor.

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