Aug 11

Maureen Kerr

Junior Academy Dates

Junior (youth) Academy

Junior Academy will be held on the following dates:

26th September
13th December
14th February
22nd May

All sessions will be at Hunterhouse College starting at 10am until 4pm

This is for all weapons.

Cost £15 per session.

This is open to all young fencers aged 8-14.

The first one will be open and selections will be made for future sessions. The Academy is for fencers who have potential to join the National Academy and fence abroad. I have been asked whether National Academy members can attend. I would be happy for this to happen.

Any questions please contact Maitre Mike Westgate

Maitre Mike Westgate
Performance Manager NIF

Aug 11

Maureen Kerr

Coaches Courses 2015-16



This year there will be 4 Coach Training sessions:

12th September at Foyle – 10am to 4pm
5th December, Coleraine or Belfast
20th February, Coleraine or Belfast
12th March, Coleraine or Belfast (to be confirmed)

The cost is £30 per session.

It is important to attend all sessions in order to improve coaching qualifications. There will be 4 sessions every year. At the first session the Coach Profiles will be introduced.  Coaches can bring a pupil with them if they wish.

Any questions about the training please contact Maitre Mike Westgate

Jul 29

Peter Hazlett

Charles Gault – Obituary

Charles Gault or ‘Charlie’ as he was know to generations of Instonians and  fencers was a substantial figure in the fencing world. President of the Northern Ireland Fencing Union for over thirty years and master i/c fencing at RBAI from 1965 he was an enthusiastic and committed fencing administrator serving on committees of Public Schools Fencing and representing us on the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council through the long years of the sport’s exclusion from the main Games. His greatest pleasure was to register the success of Inst fencers and he was responsible for the school being at the very top of UK Schools’ Fencing for the whole of his involvement, even after retiring from the school staff. He was an active supporter and ambassador helping dozens of individuals in their enjoyment of fencing. The anecdotes are legion, the memories copious. He is a loss not just to his family but to all those who knew him.

Jack Magill

Jul 17

Maureen Kerr

Success at Junior Commonwealh

A huge congratulations to the Woman’s Foil team; Keziah Beattie, Lucy Taylor, Olivia Keys and Victoria Duxbury, who won Bronze in the Junior Commonwealth Team Event!! Well Done girls you did great!!


Jun 01

Peter Hazlett

Important – New Access NI Process

Please note that there is now a new process for Applying for an Enhanced Disclosure through Access NI in conjunction with our Umbrella Body – The Northern Ireland Sports Forum.

Details of the procedure can be found on the Safeguarding Documents and Resources Page.  I have also linked the document here for easy access – Access NI Application Process – NI Sports Forum

All Volunteers and Coaches are required to have an Access NI Check.  If you have previously had a check you will need to renew it as soon as possible.

As we no longer have umbrella status due to the small number of checks that we conduct it was necessary to partner with another umbrella organisation – the NISF.  However this means that there is a charge for the check as follows;

Volunteers and Volunteer Coaches – £10

Paid Coaches – £43

For further information and to help process an application please contact either David Connolly or Julie Murphy.

May 21

Maureen Kerr

UK School Games Teams 2015

Check out the Selections Decisions Page for the UK School Games Teams heading to Manchester in September!  Well Done everyone!

May 05

Maureen Kerr

First Aid Course

A First Aid course has been organised to be held on Saturday 6th June in Lisburn.  For more information check out the Events Calender

May 05

Maureen Kerr

BYCs 2015

Well Done to everyone who competed at the BYCS at the weekend!  Big congratulations to Robbie Cockburn for winning Bronze in U14 Boys Foil!!

Apr 27


2014/15 NIJFS

The sixth and final round of the 2014/15 NI Junior Foil Series took place last Sunday 26th April at Hunterhouse College in Belfast. R6 results now up on the NIJFS Results Page and final series rankings now up on the Rankings Page.

Apr 25

Maureen Kerr

Junior Commonwealth Selections

The Selections for Junior Commonwealth have been made.  The full list is post on the Selection Decisions Page.  Everyone on the list will have received an e-mail to the email account connected to their BFA membership.  Congratulations everyone!

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