Head Coach - John Routledge
John has over 15 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 five years, John has been undertaking 'Continuing Professional Development', learning from Great Britain's Olympic fencing coach Ziemek Wojciechowski.
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.
He holds a current DBS certificate, has been trained and certified in First Aid and attended 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' workshops.
John's ethos is to aid the empowerment and development of young people through sport.
Assistant Coach - Carl Smeaton
Carl is a competitive Junior foilist. In 2018 he won the Southern Region Novice foil championships. He has since become County under 18 foil champion, won the Senior County team foil championships and been a Southern Region medallist in both the team and individual event. Carl has represented his Region at the Cadet Winton Cup. We are lucky to have Carl share his experience and enthusiasm as an assistant coach with our younger fencers.
Armourer - Katherine Kwa
Katherine is an international foilist from Australia with over 15 years of fencing experience. Fencing with broken gear can be frustrating, so please do not hesitate to ask Katherine for equipment repairs and maintenance tips.
Welfare Officer - Sarah Ozanne
Sarah is our welfare officer. She has worked with young people in secondary and post 16 educational settings for over 15 years. She is certified in first aid and has completed a British Fencing welfare training course.
Dennis Marsh House
There is free parking on site in our car park and also parking nearby in Waitrose carpark which is free for 3 hours and only a short 5 minutes walk away from the venue.
We are ideally situated close to Salisbury City Centre, just off Devizes Road. 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.