About The Manchester Fencing Centre

The Manchester Fencing Centre was developed by 3 good friends and highly motivated individuals; Michael Swiffin, Stuart Marshall and Dave Taylor.

Dave Taylor, Michael Swiffin and Stuart Marshall.......

The concept was simple, Marshall Fencing Club was rapidly outgrowing its current venue and the North of England lacked a major fencing venue that could host competitions, training camps etc.

so why not do both?!

After scouring Oldham and the surrounding areas for suitable venues for the centre, and after visiting many, many units - they settled on Osborne Mill.
Its location and condition meant that although there was an extraordinary amount of work to be done to it, it wasn't beyond the scope of the trio.

Armed with nothing more than broken sabre blades, knees pads and an endless supply of KFC, 250,000 nails were knocked in and 15,000 square ft of timber was brushed, mopped and sanded BY HAND.....!

Michael Swiffin

Former GBR fencer and 6 times North West sabre champion, Michael started fencing in 1986 at Romiley under the tutelage or Beryl and Eddie Goodall before moving to Stockport Sword Club under Professor Tom Etchells and Professor Andrew Vincent.

Michael competed nationally and internationally in A grade competitions over a 20 year period before taking time out to raise a family and go bald.

He is a fully qualified BFA Level 2 Sabre and Level 2 Foil coach.
Also First Aid Trained and Safeguarding trained.

Stuart Marshall

Dave 'KIWI' Taylor

A few photos before work started in earnest!

Osborne Mill - External 3
The awesome Osborne Mill

The floor....so many nails.....


The blue thing is a conveyer belt to the upper floors

Fantastic venue. Excellent facilities, friendly and experienced coaches passionate about developing fencing for all. Open to anyone to use, train, coach and learn.

Jane Williamson