How Greater Manchester Fencing Began

Greater Manchester Fencing (or GMF as we like to call it) is made up of a group of coaches based in and around the Greater Manchester area, no surprises there! We all met in Oldham at ‘The Manchester Fencing Centre’ and quickly realised that we have the experience, vision and drive to create our own club that would run alongside the clubs already based at the centre. 


Our passion is to see faces light up as more and more people discover the intricacies of the complex and rewarding Olympic sport that we call...…. Fencing!

Since we first started a lot of exciting things have happened. We have had amazing coaches help our club grow and our fencers develop. Some of our coaches have then moved onto their own new and exciting events but through all of this, our vision has not changed - to develop a community around and through a shared love of fencing. 

We have taken 2020 as a chance to take up another exciting development and are currently working on developing some of our own fencers to become fencing coaches. If this is something that interests you we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us using the contact details below.

We would love to hear from you if you want to join us as a fencer, a coach, or if you are not sure but are interested in the sport.  


Kindest regards and we look forward to meeting you all,

Richard Lloyd-Jones and all the staff at GMF

Telephone: 07562 577 832




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Richard Lloyd-Jones

Level 3 Coach


Richard is a level 3 epee fencing coach who has worked with all levels of fencer, from absolute beginner to both the GBR u17 & u20 squads. He also works closely with a number of the individuals who compete as members of the senior GBR squads.

Richard was the driving force behind the creation of GMF and as the lead coach has helped develop both our fencers and staff in developing their fencing abilities. 

Mary Cohen

Level 2 Coach


Mary is a Level 2 coach in Foil and Epee and has been coaching on and off since she was 15. She has been GB number 1 herself as a fencer, three times individual GB women’s Epee champion and is a Commonwealth Gold Medallist. She has spent significant periods training in the US, Italy, Hungry and France, and has picked up ideas for her coaching from these countries.

She mentors with the True Athlete Project and is also a Paediatric Doctor, currently on the European Fencing Confederation’s Medical Commission.

Zeeshan Iqbal

Level 1 Coach


Zeeshan took up fencing at the age of 16 to achieve his Gold level Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Initially he was just learning the basics in order to achieve the award but soon loved the thrill of the sport and started competing

Zeeshan is now at university in his final year of studying and having completed his level 1 coaching course he is now working towards his level 2 in Epee coaching. 

Eliora Howard

Admin & Trainee Coach


Eliora (though we know her as Flic) is currently working as an Autism Specialist Teacher working in a Primary School in Salford. They spend their evenings and weekends working for GMF in various roles. Having got back into fencing in 2018 after a 17 year gap (and switching from foil to epee) they are now keen to develop their love of fencing and become a fencing coach. 

Flic is also our main person for anything admin related, COVID-19 and welfare. 

We also have two other staff that have joined us in 2020; Jessi Rumble and Andy Sercombe who are both experienced fencers and coaches and are eager to help GMF grow in 2021.