Salle Paul medal tally marks move to Hendon

Posted on October 16, 2013

Two Golds, one Silver and two Bronze medals completed the medal tally for Salle Paul Fencing Club’s young fencers at the weekend at the Camden LPJS fencing tournament (held on 13th and 14th October 2013 at Acland Burghley School in Camden).

The two Golds were won by McKinley Bex and Sophie Abrahams in their respective Under 17 events; Matthew Abrahams won Silver and Alessandro Gill took the Bronze in the Under 13 boys; and Hester Painter-També also won a Bronze in the Under 11 girls’ event. Also in the U13 boys’, four out of the top eight fencers were from Salle Paul with Brij Gautam taking 5th place and Ben Stazeker placed 8th in addition to Matthew’s Silver and Alessandro’s Bronze.

The medals mark the success of Salle Paul Fencing Club which has just moved to a new home in the Leon Paul Fencing Centre in Hendon.

The move to the new premises has given Salle Paul’s fencers access to 24 permanent metal pistes, and training facilities all year round. The club runs beginner courses for both children and adults, as well providing training facilities for adults and children aged 8+ who want to fence for fun or reach Olympic heights: three Salle Paul fencers competed in the London 2012 Olympics.

Talking about the weekend medal successes, Head Coach Maciej Wojtkowiak, said:

“I am delighted for all our young fencers in achieving such great results. They enjoy their fencing at Salle Paul and our new home in Hendon has given us wonderful training facilities all year round, five days a week. Hendon is now the home of the largest dedicated fencing centre in the UK and we hope more people will come and try the Olympic sport of fencing.”

A new children’s beginner course for 8-12 year old boys and girls is starting now with spaces still available. Details available from or by emailing . A refresher course for adults who are returning to the sport starts on Wednesday 16th October from 7.00-8.30pm. New beginner courses for adults will start shortly.


Note for editors:

About Salle Paul:
Salle Paul is a Foil fencing club and teaches fencing to boys and girls from the age of 8 upwards. As well as regular training for existing fencers in the Junior Club (8-14), Cadets (U17), U20 fencers and Adults, beginner courses are available for Children (aged 8 upwards) and Adults. A new Duke of Edinburgh fencing course was established at Salle Paul in 2010 to encourage boys and girls aged 14+ to start fencing.

Salle Paul Fencing Club was founded in 1931 at 8 Monmouth Street in the heart of Covent Garden by Professor Leon Paul. He had been born in the Perpignan area of France in 1881 and had come to London to teach fencing in 1905. Most of the leading British fencers of the time had lessons from “Papa” Paul as he affectionately became known. That tradition continues today with fencers from Salle Paul competing in the 2012 London Olympics and others from the club are in England or GB squads and on Olympic Podium Potential programmes for future Games.

About the Leon Paul Fencing Centre
The Leon Paul Fencing Centre is 5 minutes walk from Hendon railway station, 20 minutes walk from Hendon Central underground station, and near the Brent Cross Shopping Centre. The brand new, purpose-built fencing centre has 24 full-length metallic fencing pistes embedded in a sprung floor. 12 pistes are competition standard (1.5m) interspaced with 12 training pistes (0.75m). The centre offers fencers: professional coaching; training facilities all year round; armoury facilities; free wi-fi and TV in lounge area; Olympic standard lifting area (with full gym planned for phase 2); and high quality changing and showering facilities.

Leon Paul invited Salle Paul Fencing Club to relocate to the fencing centre in September 2013. Having sponsored Salle Paul for many years, and with family ties to the club, Salle Paul is a natural partner for the foil section of the Leon Paul Fencing Centre.

The Leon Paul Fencing Centre will cater for fencers in sabre and epee as well as foil.


Please contact
Caroline Woollard
Salle Paul Club Secretary
On 07719 126520

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