TFC Monthly Competition
Truro Fencing Club runs a monthly competition (usually on the first Thursday of each month).
Throughout the year TFC will run 10 events (none in August or January).
For each fencer, the top 7 results will count towards the rankings. This will be calculated on a rolling 12 month basis.
The buttons below show you the results of the competitions for the last 12 months.:
TFC Performance Program
Head Coach - Jon Salfield
The TFC Performance Program aims to offer the most comprehensive fencing training available in the UK to train and prepare athletes to achieve world-class results, and building a pathway for future generations of international fencers
Funded largely by commercial sponsorship through the TFC Gold Trust, the programme is an integral part of the Trust’s vision of a permanent Fencing Centre based in Cornwall. All athletes on the programme receiving training, fitness programmes, physio screenings, nutrition and sports injury advice, and have the opportunity to attend world-class training camps around Europe.
TFC Performance Program athletes are also supported by Leon Paul Fencing Equipment Ltd
The program is staffed by a Head Coach, complemented by a Strength & Conditioning Coach, Physiotherapist and admin support.
Head Coach & Manager - Jon Salfield. Jon is GB National Men's Sabre Coach and Head Coach at Truro Fencing Club. As well as coaching at London 2012 as Team GB Sabre coach, Jon has coached at numerous European and World Championships. Jon has led the British Junior team at two World Championships, and the 2007 Universiade, and produced numerous successful fencers, including World Youth Championship finalist and world top 50 sabreur James Honeybone, and Junior World Cup medallists James Honeybone and Katie Hendra.
James Honeybone – GB Sabre Champion 2012 & 2013; Member of Team GB at London 2012; GB team at Senior World Championships and Senior European Championships; Senior Europeans 2012 top 16; World Youth Championship finalist 2008, youngest ever British Senior Number 1
The programme comprises:
Daytime training - 3 hours every morning, Monday-Friday
Evening training - Monday 4-6pm, Tuesday 730-930pm, Wednesday 4-6pm, Thursday 730-930pm
Training includes individual lessons, footwork training, pairs exercises, strength and conditioning training, sparring etc. The program in Cornwall is augmented by regular training camps in Hungary, Spain and other countries.
Is the TFC Performance Program open to all?
No, the TFC Performance Program is an Elite programme. However we welcome visiting sparring partners of a suitable standard – please contact the Head Coach
Will more athletes be joining TFC Performance Program?
It is possible that funding for more athletes may become available – please contact the program manager if you are interested in joining the program.
How is the TFC Performance Program funded?
The TFC Performance Program is funded through commercial sponsorship, and managed by the TFC Gold Trust. TFC Gold funds donated by private individuals specifically towards the founding of a permanent fencing venue will not be used for funding the TFC Performance Program.
Contact Truro Fencing Club:
Truro Fencing Club
Jon Salfield, Head Coach
Tel 07779 130942 / 01872 858099
All enquiries are answered promptly, and new members of any standard (including absolute beginners) are very welcome
TFC Talent Trust
TFC TALENT TRUST
Charity Number xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aims and Objectives
The Trust aims to provide long term support to a number of potential world class young fencers who may not have the financial means to support all their own costs in the sport.
To attain the skills to be successful at a world-class level in fencing requires many years of commitment and in the process a significant financial outlay.
In addition to the specialist equipment required coaching and regular competition experience both nationally and internationally is paramount and these can amount to costs of several thousand pounds per year.
In 2011 Chris Buxton, Truro Fencing Club’s Lead Sabre Coach, was motivated to set up the Trust following the high uptake of the sport in the community as a result Truro Fencing Club’s outreach program, Fence Cornwall. Seven coaches have worked on delivering this program, which now operates more than 35 Cornish Primary and Secondary School fencing clubs.
As a result of taking the sport to communities not normally associated with the sport, it was clear that there were a number of potentially superb young fencers who would not otherwise be able to continue to the highest level without concrete and sustained financial support. The Trust has been established to provide this support.
Long Term Support and Awards
The Trust will not merely make one-off awards but will help fencers and their coaches in the long-term to develop a successful world-class career.
Support is expected to be over a number of seasons until a fencer has sufficiently good international results to obtain alternative funding.
The Trust will also help young fencers to access other funding as they begin to achieve world-class results and the time comes for them to move off Trust funding. Equally if a recipient of an award does not achieve the expected level of performance the Trust will not continue to make awards to them.
Awards can be made in the form of:
|•||Full or part-funding of various aspects of individual programs including coaching, competition and membership costs.|
|•||Sponsorship in the form of assisting young fencers to access equipment or other items free-of-charge or at a discounted rate.|
The Trust will meet regularly to review new applications and assess the ongoing programs of funded fencers.
Fencers applying to the Trust must:
|•||Show evidence of world-class potential, which can include:|
Recommendations and evidence from recognised national level coaches
Commitment to training
Other suitable evidence
|•||Show evidence of need for financial support|
|•||Normally be a resident of Cornwall|
An initial assessment of the application is made by the Trustees who may then recommend that applicants proceed to the second stage of the process.
At this point applicants may be asked to undergo a series of tests. These might include physical testing, technical and tactical tests and other talent identification tests as set by the Trust's approved coaches and performance consultants. Following these, the assessing coach will make a recommendation to the Trustees as to whether or not they view the fencer as having world-class potential.
A final assessment on the information available is then made prior to a decision being made by the Trustees.
On acceptance applicants will be expected to sign up to an agreed training program, which will include commitment to training sessions, lessons and competitions and adherence to a code of conduct.
Awards may be a percentage of the amount requested or of an overall training plan and/or support in kind.
The Trust views its commitment to a fencer as a long-term one and not merely a one-off cash grant.
The Trust aims to help young fencers develop through their careers into world-class seniors and therefore will review coaches reports, results and other aspects of development season by season.
Donations to the Trust can be made either by individuals or businesses in the form of one-off payments or regular monthly payments.
The TFC Talent Trust will only fund lessons and other training with approved coaches who are BFA registered with full documentation. Other support services will be provided by practitioners recommended by the Trust or its approved fencing coaches.
Fencers in all three weapons of Epee, Foil and Sabre will be equally considered.
Fencers under 11 will not normally be considered for funding unless exceptional circumstances are presented.
Fencers over 18 will not normally be considered for an initial award unless exceptional circumstances are presented.
Fencers who have been on an approved funded programme by the Trust may continue to be funded until the age of 23. Athletes not eligible to receive national level funding by this stage will normally be considered not to have achieved the desired level of world-class performance.
The Trustees of the TFC Talent Trust are:
|Fencing Advisor (Sabre)||Chris Buxton|
|Fencing Advisor (Foil, Epee)||Jon Salfield|
|Corporate & Legal Advisor||Julian Ghosh QC|