Coaching

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Mark Barrowcliffe – Course Coach

Mark is proof that you don’t have to start young – he didn’t take up the sport until his mid 30s but now has over 20 years of experience as a competitor and coach. He holds British Fencing Level 2 qualifications in Foil and Épée. He believes in lifelong learning and thinks that coaches always need to be questioning and developing their skills in order to give their best to their students. Mark teaches at schools and clubs all over Sussex.

“It’s important to work with the student and to understand what they want, whether it’s to prepare as a competitive fencer or just to have fun in the club.”

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Gerad Harmer – Assistant Coach

Gerad is a fencer & a coach, fencing at various clubs across the South East. He is a member of the British Academy of Fencing and a qualified Level 4 coach. He has been coaching at Brighton and Hove Fencing Club for a number of years, formerly supporting Professor Angela Goodall, and is also Head Coach at Lewes Fencing Club. A keen competitor, Gerad is trained in the three fencing sword disciplines (Foil, Épée and Sabre) and is regularly asked to referee at county and region level competitions.

“Fencing is physical, tactical, psychological, and for many, an obsession. As a coach, it’s great for me to see someone develop from not knowing which end is the pointy end to winning county and regional competitions, or moving into coaching themselves.”

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David Browning – Assistant Coach

David is a British Academy of Fencing Maitre of Foil. He is also a
British Fencing Association Team manager Level 2.

“I have been coaching for what feels like a relatively short time but I have had the privilege to work with several clubs and many other coaches, at home and abroad. One of my highlights was to be part of the team that took England Youth Fencers to international competitions in Paris and Wratislava. My passion is being able to instil competitiveness (and hopefully the skills to go with it!) in those who I coach and my goal is to one day start producing my own national level fencers. I am  equally passionate about helping to guide and produce fellow coaches, so if this is something you’re interested in please get in touch!”

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