About Us

West Devon Swords was established in 2014 by Robin Catling and Vicki Pritchard, formerly of Lymington and Sway Fencing Club in Hampshire.

Vicki Pritchard is a multi-talented sports coach teaching gymnastics, trampolining and parkour as well as fencing and archery. You can find more on activities at Proactivity Sport.

Robin Catling is an archery and fencing coach who, in various TV and film appearances, has been seen in Robin Hood, Harry Potter, Jack the Giant Slayer, Rush, Thor: The Dark World, Warhorse, Hugo and BBC TV’s Atlantis.

West Devon Swords interests cover modern sports fencing and historical western martial arts from the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

Affiliations and Insurance

West Devon Swords is affiliated and insured by British Fencing and the British Federation for Historical Swordplay.


Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we have published our Safeguarding Policy online.

Our Designated Safeguarding Officer is Vicki Pritchard

West Devon Swords has adopted the British Fencing Code of Conduct (updated here 29 June 2018)