Welcome to Pembroke Fencing Club!

Founded by Philip Lee in 2001, Pembroke Fencing Club was set up to provide hobbyists and competitive fencers alike the opportunity to learn, improve in and enjoy the historic sport of fencing.

In 2007 the club engaged Olga Velma, right, an Estonian coach and fencing master with many years of experience and success. Olga specialises in developing the sport for school children and students. She has had many remarkable results both nationally and internationally. In 2011 she gained International FIE Epee/Foil coaching Diploma from Hungary, earning her the title of Maìtre Dàrmes. Her tuition gives fencers instruction and knowledge to fence intelligently and safely on the piste. Pembroke feels fortunate to have such a coach to assist our beginners, as well as our younger members.

The Pembroke Juniors have played host to many achievements over the years, regularly competing in competitions both in Ireland, Nothern Ireland and abroad including the prestigious Marathon Foil tournament in Paris, Wratislawia Challenge in Poland, International Fencing Festival in Poznan, Cadets and Juniors World Cups, Cadet`s and Junior`s European and World Championships.

There is a warm and friendly atmosphere in the club and plenty of advice amongst fellow fencers. Fencing is very much a sport for men and women of all ages and abilities, and you don`t have to be incredibly fit to be a competent fencer.

We welcome all ages and abilities and love you to join us as a member of Pembroke Fencing Club! We’re a very friendly community and we’re always delighted to see new faces. Drop-in visitors from other clubs, cities,  and countries are very welcome!

Olga Velma has been involved in fencing for almost 34 years and has trained under several National Team and Olympic coaches. Olga specialises in developing the sport for school children and students and is a respected fencing master in Europe Personally she has had many remarkable results being repeated champion and medal winner of the Estonian Epee Championships in junior and senior fencing. She came second in the Junior World Cup in 1995 and was 5th at the 1996 Cadet’s World Championships. 1998 Junior`s European Championships – Bronze in the team event, 1999 Junior`s World Championships – Bronze in the team event. Olga was a champion of the Irish Open in 2008 and a finalist of the Irish Open in 2009. Also, Olga is a generous and splendid coach who works hard with young children. In 2011 she gained her FIE coaching Diploma doing the FIE training course for the master of arms at épée and foil.

Emilia Velma started fencing in 2009.  She is an Irish female foilist and also a coach in Pembroke FC. She has been fencing for over 15 years (since she was 6) and she has been coaching in the club for the last 3 years. Beforehand Emilia has competed internationally for Ireland since age 11 and some of her results include Youth 5 Nations Champion 2018 & 3rd place in 2019. International Competition Poznań 2017- 8th. Inflight Challenge Bocholt (Seniors) 2019- 1st place. Challenge Wratislavia 2017- 16/157. She also competed in the Cadet European & World championships placing 43/120. Emilia has won the Irish Nationals, the Irish Open, the Derry Open, the East of Ireland Open, and multiple national competitions in the senior circuit through the years and she has been previously ranked first in Ireland at senior and junior level for multiple years.

Claudio Sosa started fencing when he was 5 years old and has been in love with the sport ever since.  He started competing internationally when he was 9 and has represented Ireland in many competitions, including the World Cup European and World Championships. He has gained experience from competitions and high-performance training camps worldwide. He came 5th in a European U14 circuit and continued to improve his skills to get better. He is currently no.1 in the Irish ranking for men’s foil and has defended his title for 4 years. Claudio has won numerous national circuit competitions such as the West of Ireland Open the South of Ireland Open the Derry Open and the Northern Ireland Open several times. He has come second at the Irish Open and the National Championships on many occasions and would like to pass his experience down to the younger generation

Our mission is to educate the community about the modern Olympic Sport of Fencing.  We also endeavour to train individuals of all ages to succeed in the sport. We train to win!

Pembroke Fencing Club coaches are professionally trained are committed to supporting fencers as they work to achieve their individual competitive and athletic goals.  We do this by fostering the principles of respect, patience, and a competitive spirit.

SPORTSMANSHIP: To provide a friendly and supportive club.

EDUCATION: To provide coaching and training that meets the highest standards of excellence and follows the precepts of Fencing Ireland and to foster the development of fencers as people, athletes, and competitors.

COMMUNITY: To develop and maintain an enthusiastically satisfied community at all times.

Pembroke Fencing Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with  Any Club Official.

Sports clubs for young people should offer a positive experience where they can learn new things in a safe and positive environment.

To ensure a safe, productive and sportsmanlike atmosphere for all our members, everyone entering our facility must adhere to our Code of Conduct and is expected to hold one another to these standards. By using our facility, fencers, their families and guests, agree to abide by the Code of Conduct / Rules and Regulations and be subject to its disciplinary provisions.

  1. Members, families, and guests are expected to show respect for our fencers, coaches, visitors, staff, facility and the rules of the sport.
  2. Abide by the precepts of integrity, good sportsmanship, and respect while fencing and in your daily life. Demonstrate respect and good sportsmanship with both words and actions. Everyone who attends Pembroke Fencing Club activities has the right to feel safe, included, valued, and accepted.
  3. Members, families, and guests are to respect the Club facility, Club property, and the fencer’s personal property.
  4. All fencers are expected to be generous, flexible, honest and of goodwill with one another.
  5. Lose with honour and win with dignity.
  6. Less experienced fencers should ask more experienced fencers to bout. Experienced fencers should fence with less experienced fencers with patience and encouragement.
  7. When entering the Salle, the fencer must greet your coaches and fellow members. When leaving, give your regards to your coaches and fellow members as well.
  8. Fencers utilizing the Club’s equipment are required to ensure it remains clean and in working condition. All Club equipment must remain on the premises. Fencers must return their fencing equipment and apparel to their appropriate storage areas in an orderly fashion after each use.
  9. Be respectful while fencing. At the end of a bout, shake your opponent’s hand with your non-weapon hand. Never argue with a referee, opponent, instructor, or coach.
  10. Fencers, their families, and guests must behave properly at all times. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • No swearing or yelling
  • No name-calling or negative talk
  • No throwing Club or personal equipment
  • No hitting or kicking the floor or walls
  • No cheating
  • No misuse of Club or personal property
  1. Fencers, their families, and guests who continue to violate these guidelines after being told to stop may be required to cease fencing for the evening.
  2. The severe unsportsmanlike behaviour listed below will result in immediate suspension from the Club. You will be required to leave the facility immediately. You will be prohibited from using the facility until the Board of Directors reviews the actions of the fencer. The fencer may appeal the suspension to the Board of Directors. The Board’s decisions are final.
  • Dangerously throwing equipment
  • Willful misuse or damage to the club or personal property
  • Dangerous or vindictive fencing
  • Fighting, including shouting matches and threats
  • Extreme unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Failure to follow the directives of the coach(s), manager or club officer(s)


FENCING MEMBERSHIP: Non-members may take eight (8) introductory lessons. Once the introductory lessons are completed, a non-member must complete a Member Agreement and purchase their equipment (mask, jacket, lamé and mask cord (Foil), 2 body cords, 2 weapons, knickers, and plastron) within a month. Exceptions are the intermediate course for seniors and fencing classes for children U14.

PAYMENT: All Members must pay the Club dues. Club dues are required regardless of attendance Any member delinquent greater than thirty days (30) may not participate in fencing activities until the outstanding dues are brought current.

SIGN IN: Non-member fencers must pay the Guest floor fee of 20 euros.

ATTIRE: Proper attire is required for participants using the Club. Fencing knickers are required during all practices. Introductory fencers may wear long athletic pants until they become members. Shirts and shoes are required in all public and recreational areas. Athletic or fencing shoes are required.

EQUIPMENT CLUB: Introductory fencers can use Club equipment including weapons, masks, cords, jackets, lamé, gloves, and plastrons as available for their eight (8) lessons. One (1) month after the Introductory fencer has signed the Club Membership Agreement, the fencer is required to have obtained personal equipment (Mask, 2 weapons, 2 body cords, jacket, lamé & mask cord (foil), glove, chest protector, plastron, knickers) or to attend the Intermediate course where the gear is provided. Otherwise, a Rental Fee will be added to the membership fees. All fencers who use the Club equipment are responsible for the repair or replacement of any damage or loss of equipment while it is in their possession.

PERSONAL: All Members are required to supply their equipment within one (1) month of becoming a Club member.

CHANGING ROOMS: All Members are expected to keep their changing room area neat and clean. The Club is not responsible for the personal property of Members or guests.

DAMAGES: The cost to repair damage to the Club’s facility or equipment by a Member, their family or Member’s Guest shall be paid by the Member or parent/legal guardian if under 18.


Children under the age of ten must be accompanied and supervised by an adult (age 18 or older) at all times while at the Club.

FACILITY RESTRICTIONS: Restricted areas for families, guests and children is a STORAGE AREA.

GENERAL:  All Members shall be required to comply with and abide by any rules and regulations governing the Club. Members who violate such Rules and Regulations shall be subject to the termination of his/her membership.

FACILITY CLOSING: The Club staff reserves the right to close the facility from time to time for holidays and/or emergencies.

General Policies

  • Fencers must wear long loose-fitting pants during training – NO JEANS and NO SHORTS
  • Fencers are encouraged to wear tee shirts or sweatshirts during training
  • Fencers must wear a complete fencing uniform, including long socks during bouting, open fencing and at competitions
  • Fencers must wear runners or fencing shoes – NO STREET SHOES or BOOTS are ever permitted on the fencing floor
  • NO FOOD OR DRINKS other than water or sports drinks are permitted on the fencing floor

Class Policies

  • PRE-REGISTRATION for fencing classes and programs is highly recommended. Space is limited to ensure a positive athletic experience.
  • TO REGISTER for a fencing class or program or to become a member of Pembroke Fencing Club please register by email or print out the form and bring it on the day and hand it to the fencing coach. We accept Cash and Cheques.
  • NO REFUNDS will be given for any reason including no-show, illness, prior obligation or cancellations made less than seven (7) days in advance of the start of any program.
  • If you must cancel your enrolment you must email us at info@pembrokefencing.ie
  • NO TRANSFERS to future programs or dates will be accommodated after the first day of any class or program. Transfers due to injury will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are unable to attend last minute you are welcome to send someone in your place. Please contact Pembroke Fencing Club in writing or by email with your replacement’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • PFC Membership is a twelve (12) month, non-refundable commitment.
  • If PFC cancels a fencing class or program for any reason, you will have the option of transferring to another section of the same program or receiving a full refund of all program fees. PFC fees are non-refundable.
  • PFC fencing programs are for students aged 6 and older. Children, when accompanied by an adult may observe at any time.
  • Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on the fencing floor.


  • USE OF IMAGES, NAME IDENTIFICATION: I authorise Pembroke Fencing Club to use images of me and/or my child with and/or without identification for Pembroke Fencing Club publicity, promotional and advertising and release any claims and/or rights I and/or my child might have as a result.


  • I agree to indemnify and hold harmless, and hereby release, Pembroke Fencing Club and its managers, coaches, instructors, members, guests and other participants, and Fencing Ireland from all claims, liability, demands, or actions of any kind in connection with my participation in any training session, program, tournament, or other activity that I may attend at Pembroke Fencing Club or any other athletic or training activities sponsored by Pembroke Fencing Club on or off the club premises. This includes, but is not limited to, claims, liability, demands, or actions for personal injury or property, damage or loss. This agreement shall be binding on my representatives, heirs and assigns.
  • ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I understand that athletic activity involves physical exertion and risk of injury and that the sport of fencing involves aggressive physical contact with other participants. I assume the risk of injury or other medical conditions arising as the result of my participation in any athletic activity in which I engage at Pembroke Fencing Club. I understand that it is my responsibility to wear appropriate clothing to all training sessions. I understand that I am responsible for my safety and for safely conducting myself at all times.

Pembroke FC has chosen to adopt Fencing Ireland’s policy in its entirety.

Opening Hours

Monday 6 pm – 9 pm
Tuesday 6 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 5.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday 11.30 am – 1.30 pm