Merger Gives the New Forest a Fencing ‘Superclub’

Lymington Times promo Jan 2014Fencing in the New Forest enters a new phase in 2014 with the merger of two established clubs to form Lymington & Sway Fencing Club.

Founded in 1989 by Roy Stocks, Sway Fencing Club achieved notable medal wins at county and regional level over the past two seasons, at both senior and junior level. Matched by the Lymington Walhampton Fencing Club originally set up by Roy’s coach, Chris Holroyd, the two clubs have recently entered joint teams and each had juniors qualify for the British Youth Championships.

The union of the two clubs has come about with the departure of two key personnel, Robin Catling and Vicki Pritchard, who are moving to Devon.

Sarah Murray, with whom Lymington Walhampton Fencing Club has grown steadily over the last three years, said “We are very sad to see Robin and Vicki leave the area. The two clubs have worked very closely over the last couple of years and it seems a natural step to merge the two upon their departure to form a shiny new club for the New Forest area.”

“It’s been a joy to help build the success of both clubs over recent seasons, and it’s good to know the two clubs will continue to strengthen as one unit. We’ve had excellent medal results and good sportsmanship awards, and I know we’re leaving things in good hands,” said Sway coach and official Robin Catling.

Lymington & Sway Fencing Club is fortunate in having the support of local firm Lashmars Tax Accountants, which has funded coaching courses, competition kit and masterclasses by visiting coaches from Southern Region. Lashmars’ sponsorship will continue in 2014 and 2015 to provide more of this as well as opportunities for more local competition.

Fencing is great for all-round fitness, muscle toning, building core strength, coordination and balance. It is excellent for concentration as you have to make lightning-fast decisions. Whilst it is a martial art, it can be better described as ‘physical chess’ and frequently proves to be a great alternative sport for those not into team games, bat, ball, racquet and other mainstream sports. People of all ages and abilities can participate in the sport.

The new Lymington & Sway Fencing Club fences with all three modern weapons: foil, épée and sabre. They meet during term time on Tuesdays at Priestlands School gym from 6.30pm to 8pm and welcomes all ages from 8 years old to adult. For more information about the club and classes, please contact Sarah on 07803 956286 or via