Club History

The club was established in 1964 following the successful Fencing course run in the evening at Slough College in the academic year 1963-64 by Prof Henry Porter.  Originally the club was called “Salle 64”, and initially rented space at Slough College.

Since then the club has changed its location several times including many years at Eton College from 1982. At that time the club name was changed to Salle D’Escrime Eton – or Salle Eton for short.

Since 2013 the club has been based in the Singh Sabha Slough Sports Centre, in Stoke Poges Lane, Slough. Children’s (Under 12) and Cadet (12-17) fencing was and is a key part of the club’s focus.

Salle Eton was the first club to participate in the Leon Paul Junior Series competitions that have been running since 1986.

Salle Eton members also initiated one of the key adult regional fencing competitions – the Slough Open – which ran for many years through to 2015. 

In 2015 the club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a party!  An article on the history of the club appeared in The Sword - the magazine of British Fencing.  See the link here.

In the past the Club has achieved successes at Regional and National competition level. E.g. Alistair Gerard and Tom Bennett (at cadet and junior level) and at adult level Nicole Abdul, Rachel Gowers, Esther Kulmey, Katie Perrott, Paul Dazeley and James Roberts.


The Sword: Articles about Salle Eton Fencing Club

Salle Eton History and Former Members

Salle Eton 50th Anniversary

Joan Mason Obituary

Harry Jones Obituary