Our coaches



Sam Stockley

 Sam 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 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 Stockley

 Hannah 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.

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 RFC 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.
  Gary Taylor Gary has been an active registered British Fencing coach since 1999, and is qualified as a British Fencing Level 3 Coach in all weapons; he also trained in sports nutrition and Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).   He has coached in clubs in England and Wales, both adults and children, both social fencers and those competing at County and Regional level.  As an epee coach, he has also worked with Modern Pentathletes.  His Army background and experience has given him a strong skill set in developing and managing training programmes, which he has applied to young (and not so young) athletes.  Gary’s interest in sword fighting started when he was a boy, watching too many pirate films.  He continues to have a keen interest in historical fencing and pirate re-enactment; and was a member of Poole Re-enactment Society, where on club nights he was to be seen fighting and training with broadsword.