Scarisbrick Swords Coaches

David Stobbs

David is a professional performance coach holding qualifications from both the British Academy of Fencing and the British Fencing Association. He was the Northwest region's coach educator for several years and he is currently the head coach for the UCLAN fencing club and fencing master at Scarisbrick Hall School.

David started coaching in 1994 to help develop his son Jonathan's fencing career and Jonathan became David's first international success. Since then David has mentored several other students to international level for both foil and épée.

Richard Michell

Richard is a newly qualified level 1 épée coach with the British Academy of Fencing. He started fencing as a pupil at Scarisbrick Hall School where David coached him from raw beginner to cadet international. During his cadet fencing career Richard was the under 14 Northwest Junior Series winner, twice the under 16 Northwest champion, national winner of the under 15 Leon Paul Junior Series and twice represented the Northwest in the Cadet Winton Cup. In 2015 Richard was selected for the British cadet team to fence at the German international in Bonn. A full account of Richard's fencing career can be found here.

Richard is currently reading Music at Edinburgh University, but he assists David with the performance coaching during the university holidays.

Paul Michell

Paul is also a level 1 épée coach with the British Academy of Fencing. He is a keen club fencer having enjoyed recreational foil and épée fencing for many years. As Richard's father he has extensive experience of managing a cadet fencing career and founded Scarisbrick Swords as a way of providing a starting ground for other young people attracted to this sport within the local community.

Alex Montagu

Alex is a trainee coach who is being mentored by David and Paul as he works towards his level 1 épée coaching qualification. His main responsibility at the club is to lead group warmups and footwork drills, but he also assists with the coaching of beginners and juniors. As a pupil at Scarisbrick Hall, Alex has represented the school at the ISA National Championships and competed in both the English and Northwest Youth Championships. He has been a keen fencer since First School and enjoys passing on his love of the sport to others.

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