British Fencing Club of the Year


British Fencing Club of the Year 

– Salle Ossian Fencing Club –


Salle Ossian Fencing Club is very proud to have been recognised as Best Fencing Club of the Year by our national governing body, British Fencing.


Established in 2015, Salle Ossian Fencing Club is a Perth based fencing club founded with the principle aim of promoting and providing facilities to support the sport of fencing throughout Scotland. A family focussed, community based club, Salle Ossian has had a very successful year both in terms of increasing participation throughout the local area and also in terms of on-piste competitive success.

Guiding Principles

One of the fundamental goals of the club is to provide access and opportunity for new fencers to learn how to fence, together with a pathway which will allow fencers to grow and improve their level of performance. With this goal in mind, we undertake partnership programs with Perth and Kinross Sports Development, Active Schools, Live Active and St Andrews University to promote the sport in schools and universities across Scotland. We operate on a hub and spoke model, with regular classes running in a number of schools and any interested fencers being encouraged to come along to the Salle, which is open for training four nights a week during term time. We also run training camps and taster sessions in all of the school holidays to further provide opportunity for development and improvement of fencing skills.

Another keystone of the club strategy is the Salle Ossian Awards Scheme. This charitable scheme is designed to reduce any barriers to and to increase opportunity for fencers who hope to excel in their sport. In return for a commitment from the fencer to a high volume of training and a contribution towards the charitable aims of the club, the awardee is given priority access to lessons, coaching support at competitions, access to strength and conditioning resources and financial support towards the cost of travel for competitions. This last point in particular is a key enabler – allowing fencers to progress and compete in situations where it may have otherwise been financially onerous for them.

We have an active program of coach development. Our club has taken the lead in coach education in Scotland and is now the de-facto centre of excellence for coach development in Scotland. We provide a pathway for talented young fencers to train full-time by providing employment as coaches in our schools programme. We also support coach development through a school day release / apprenticeship scheme – providing work experience and coaching qualifications for young fencers. The effort that we put into coach development feeds back in a virtuous cycle – we have more coaches to allow us to expand our schools program which drives expansion of the club itself.

Competitive Successes 

The linear nature of the scheme and programs we have set up are all about producing top quality competitive fencers. The pathway we have established leads from talent identification in the schools, transitions through development classes in the club and leads to the opportunity to excel with the help of the awards scheme. The success of this strategy is evident in the competitive results from club fencers, highlights of which include –

•Currently Scottish, British and Commonwealth Champions

•British U23 Individual Champion

•British Senior Team Champions

•Multiple Senior World Cup participants

•Salle Ossian fencers took two of the top three places in a recent FIE senior satellite event.

•Three of the top five UK senior women fencers are Salle Ossian members

•Two British Youth Champions in 2016

•Club fencers have won Gold, Silver and Bronze at numerous open events throughout the UK, at the Scottish Youth Development Series, the Scottish School Championship and the Scottish Age Group Championship

Club Milestones

Season 2016/17 has been a fantastic season for Salle Ossian, both in terms of the charitable aims of the club and in terms of the competitive results. Some of the milestones we have reached this year include –

•Providing opportunity for more that 500 children to try fencing for the first time, with the support and encouragement of our experienced coaching team.

•A massive five fold increase in participation in our school classes. We now have over 150 children fencing in the seven schools which are participating in our programme.

•Our membership numbers have doubled this year as a result of and a testament to the success of our hub and spoke model.

•This huge increase in participation is now necessitating the need to expand the dedicated fencing facility which was only opened in 2015. We’re literally bursting at the seams.

•An increase in our coaching capacity to three full-time coaches supported by a number of the other senior members / awardees who are making great progress along the coaching pathway

•Local recognition of the work that the club is doing in terms of increased coverage in the local media

•Winning the Perth & Kinross Sports Club of the Year for the second time in three years. Again, a fantastic validation of the club ethos.

•The Salle Ossian Awards scheme has been so successful that it is now running at  capacity, providing high performance coaching, support and opportunity to 12 promising young fencers.

For all the reasons above, Salle Ossian Fencing Club  was nominated for and was awarded British Fencing Club of the Year.

Scottish Youth Championships

The Scottish Youth Championships took place at Dunfermline High School over the weekend of 17th/18th June 2017.

Salle Ossian fencers produced some great performances.  In particular young Sam Freeman not only won the Scottish u15’s, but went on to take medals in the u17 and u20 Championships.

Well done to everyone who participated in these championships.  Here are your new Scottish Champions:

MS U20 Champion    Mark Alvarez

MS U17 Champion    Mark Alvarez

MS U15 Champion     Sam Freeman

MS U13 Champion     Hendrix Knight

WS U13 Champion     Honor Paul

Top Class Results in Reykjavik

We were most excited to hear about our fencers terrific results during the last weekend in May 2017.  Reykjavik, Iceland was the setting for the FIE International Satellite event.  Satellite events are designed to bridge the gap between national events and senior international A grade competitions.

In the women’s competition, some outstanding fencing saw Jess Corby, Kate Daykin and SJ Hampson all make it into the quarter-finals.  Jess and Kate drew each other and it was Jess who went through to the semi-finals from this match.  In the end, the final placings were 2nd, 3rd and 5th for SJ, Jess and Kate respectively.

Anthony Shek was our only male sabreur competing and after a slow start in the poule stage, picked things up to take out the no. 8 seed in the last 32 and narrowly missed out on a last 8 placing (and his first world cup points) by one hit!

This is very encouraging indeed and showing significant progress from all the fencers.

Rory Wins In Barcelona

Rory McLellan has won the Trofeu Sant Jordi, one of the largest competitions on the u14 international circuit.  On Saturday he was faultless with a 6-0 win-loss in the first round of poules and a 6-0 in the seeding round, meaning he went in to the direct elimination round on Sunday seeded no.2. 

He got a bye in to the Last 32 round which he won with an impressive 15-6. His dominance continued into the semi final with wins of 15-11 and 15-9. However his semi final fight looked in jepordy as he went 6-8 down and took a blow to his fencing hand causing considerable pain and swelling. He opted to continue and won in courageous style as he did in the final, dominating in a 15-9 win. 

Rory is pictured above with his very proud dad Steve. 

Kate Daykin wins the 2017 Glasgow Open


Many congratulations to Kate Daykin continuing her terrific form in 2017 by winning the Glasgow Open.  She won 10 preliminary bouts and all her direct elimination bouts, culminating in a tense and dramatic 15-13 win over club-mate SJ Hampson.  In third place, Lucy Higham demonstrated how much progress she has made in the last 6 months.   In the senior men’s event, 14 yr old Sam Freeman surprised everyone by winning the bronze medal, with Ewan Robertson making it in the the last 8 by beating team mate Paul Vaughan 15-13 in the last 16 round.

Despite a busy academic programme at Herriot Watt University, Kate is now ranking no.2 on the Great Britain national rankings and is currently the top ranked GB fencer in the world.





Alvares Wins in Newcastle

Mark Alvares won the under 17 British ranking event at the weekend at the Newcastle Fencing Centre. 

Mark didn’t drop a fight all day, including his L16 fight against team mate Rory McLellan.  Rory, still only 13, put in a strong performance and can be pleased with his result. Also making it on to the final tableau of 8 was 14 year old Sam Freeman – a career best performance for him. 

But it was Mark who pushed through to he final which he won 15-13 against GB team mate Alex LeMaitre. 

This result will put him in a strong position for the 2017-18 season as Mark has another year to go at cadet level.  

Salle Ossian retain British Title

For the first time in the history of the Championships, a Scottish club has won the British Teams for a second year in a row. 

Salle Ossian were missing club mate and British no.1 Jess Corby who was on GB international duty, so stepping up to the plate was Kate Daykin, SJ Hampson and newcomer to the team, Lucy Higham.

Salle Ossian won all their preliminary matches, including against the much fancied Camden team and progressed to the knock-out stages as no.1 seed.  They maintained their composure through to the final winning 45-41.

Well done ladies!  A great result for Salle Ossian and for fencing in Scotland.