Our Coaches
Sam Stockley

Sam (33) has been fencing for 19 years and fences predominantly Foil. Sam at his peak was in the UK top 10 in Mens Foil, won National Open Events in both Foil and Epee and been West Midlands Foil and Epee champion. He retired from national level fencing aged 30 and is now Head Coach at Redditch Youth Fencing Club which he took over at Christmas 2004. He is also an active member of the Hereford & Worcester Development Squad, and H&W County Captain.
Hannah Chenneour

Hannah (23) has been fencing since she was 13 where she learnt at her school in Surrey. Hannah was part of the British Epee Squad during 2007 and took part in senior World Cup events where she reached the top 250 in the world. Hannah is the current Hereford & Worcester ladies epee champion.
Anita Mason

Anita began fencing at Redditch Youth at the tender age of 9, she showed real potential in competition and by the age of 19 she had been selected for the Junior Commonwealth Games and senior England team for the annual 5-Nations Champs. Having moved onwards and upwards from fencing at RYF, Anita now returns each week to coach our youngest members. Her fun loving nature ensures her 8-10 year old group are always entertained.
John Hutton

John has been a stalwart coach at Redditch Youth Fencing Club for many years. John learned his coaching skills from Professor Peter Northam who he has worked with at the West Midlands Centre of Excellence for around 10 years. John is an excellent coacher of technical fencing and is a vital part of the coaching team at RYF.
James Harris

James is simply one of the best Epeeists in the UK at the moment. He has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK for the last few seasons and has been a member of the British squad fencing at Senior A-Grades across Europe. James began fencing at the age of 8 at RYF with Hillary Hammond who quickly saw his potential. She encouraged him to switch to fencing Epee and he never looked back. He now returns to RYF each weekend giving his time on a purely voluntary basis to coach our eldest members. His simple minimalist approach definitely lends itself to our group of 17 year olds.
Richard Harris

Richard returned to coach at RYF with his brother James to give him credit towards his Volunteering aspect of his Duke of Edinburgh award. Once the award was finished Richard stuck around and assists the coaching team wherever he is able. Richard is adaptable and can be found either assisting his brother with the eldest group or giving initial teaching to our newest and youngest members.
Notable Fencers
James Harris

James (19) was a member of RYF from the age of 8. When Sam joined the club James was already successfully fencing in Epee under 15 national tournaments and was encouraged to convert his success at this age group to the senior circuit. After a tricky first senior season his second was a fantastic success culminating with his bronze medal at the Senior British Fencing Championships. In 2009 James was part of the British under 20 team that fenced at the World Championships in Belfast. In October 2008 James left Redditch to join Plymouth University but still visits us on a regular basis.
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