Fencing Club

The Doug Facer Memorial Foil 2024

This competition will be run across two consecutive Thursday club nights – Poule rounds on 4th July, DE rounds 11th July. Please only enter if you can attend the event on the date above and the following week.

Check-in closes at 20:00 for a 20:15 start.



Doug Facer began his fencing career in Northampton in 1949 before moving away from the area in 1952. During this time he continued to fence and upon his return to Northampton in 1962 he rejoined the club. In 1980 he was elected President of the club and remained the figurehead for the next 21 years, standing down as president a few months before he passed away. In 1982 he qualified as a foil coach for the club, progressing to county coach level in 1993. Many coaches came and went over the years, however for 20 years Doug was instrumental in introducing beginners to the sport.

After he died in 2001, the club felt it was fitting to hold an annual foil competition, with the trophy dedicated to Doug’s memory, the monies raised during the competition going to his chosen charity, Cystic Fibrosis.



The Annual Charity Foil Competition is open to anyone who is at least 13 years old and entries from fencers outside of the club  are warmly welcomed.

The Sean Slootweg Memorial Sabre 2024

Check-in closes at 20:00 for a 20:15 start.


Sean Slootweg has a connection to the club that goes back through the years, but also continues today, as his father is a current member. His sister and two brothers have also been members. Sean was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2004 at the age of 18, just before leaving for university in Swansea. Although that put an end to his aspirations to join the RAF, he dreamt of designing aircraft which future RAF pilots would fly, and that became the driving force behind his decision to study aerospace engineering. His epilepsy medication had some weight gain associated with it, so Sean took up fencing as a way to keep fit. He embraced all 3 weapons, but eventually decided to concentrate on Sabre, particularly as a member of the university men’s team. He was the men’s team captain (and club armourer) and also an enthusiastic coach of freshers new to the sport. In March 2008, Sean passed away unexpectedly, but his family was supported by the knowledge that he was highly respected and well-loved by his many friends and family. Subsequently, the club decided to establish the anuual Sean Slootweg Memorial Sabre Competition to be held starting from 2009.

The family’s first source of information and support for epilepsy came from the charity Epilepsy Action, so the proceeds of the competition will go to that charity.


The Annual Charity Sabre Competition is open to anyone who is at least 13 years old and entries from fencers outside of the club  are warmly welcomed.

The Bob Grange Team Competition 2024

A three weapon team competition (foil , epee, sabre). Teams may be mixed or single sex.
Entry is £45 per team, with a winner’s trophy and medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

The competition is run in memory of our late club President Bob Grange, and the emphasis is on participating and having fun – something Bob really epitomised.

The club encourages all members to take part regardless of experience and for members to consider fencing alternate weapons to enable teams to be formed.

Closing date for entries is Midnight on 28th April 2024


Robert (‘Bob’) Grange took up fencing in his early seventies, attending one of the Northampton Fencing Club beginner’s courses. He took to the sport immediately and quickly became proficient at all three weapons, although Epee was his favourite. His enthusiasm was boundless and he always had a smile on his face. In no time at all, he became a fixture at the club. The cadets referred to him affectionately as ‘Mister Bob’. He was a true old-school Gentleman and everyone loved him. So, he was the obvious choice when the post of Club President became available. He took the post on, considering it a privilege and made it his own. He held the post until his sudden passing in March 2018. The Committee decided that the Club should run an annual memorial competition in memory of Bob. Given Bob’s love of all three weapons, it seemed fitting that it should be a team competition, covering all three disciplines and so The Bob Grange Cup was created.


Eligibility for Competition

All fencers must be aged 13 or over.

All fencers must hold a current, valid British Fencing (or equivalent) membership which allows competing in this level of competition.


The Gary Baker Epee 2024

Gary Baker became a member of Northampton Fencing Club in 1986 and fenced regularly at the club until he passed away in 1996. He was a keen swordsman especially with his weapon of choice the epee, and it seemed only fitting that the club should hold a competition in his memory.

Gary was also an active supporter of Leukaemia Research after losing his brother to the illness when they were both young, so the club thought it only fitting that the proceeds of the competition should go to such a worthy cause.

This competition will be run across two consecutive Thursday club nights. Please only enter if you can attend the event on the date above and the following week.