26/10/2023- ADP Update


A new Sabre working group has been formed to give direction and support to Sabre development in the ADP, with identified ADP coaches given specific additional responsibilities.

In 2023-24 the ADP sabre programme will be overseen by the Athlete Development Team in conjunction with a new Sabre working group.

This working group will take over some of the responsibilities previously assigned to a specific single appointed Weapon Lead.

Consisting of experienced ADP coaches and staff the working group will be responsible, under the Board approved Weapon Strategy, for, :

  • Giving direction and support to the future development of the weapon from Cadet through to Senior level.
  • Providing leadership and guidance in the development of the ADP. programme, shaping the deliverables across camps, competitions and other athlete development opportunities (including online education).
  • Setting and improving standards at ADP camps and competitions.
  • Advising on relevant BF Policy development.
  • Supporting delivery of funding body requirements (UK Sport Progression and Sport England Talent).

A full terms of reference can be found here.

Subject matter experts may be appointed to work across the weapon working groups depending on identified need.

The Sabre working group includes:


    • Balazs Kurucz
    • Jon Salfield
    • Fran Whalley
    • James Williams

Board Director: Pat Aiyenuro

Facilitator: Steve Kemp


In addition to the working group role the following coaches will be supporting the delivery work of the ADP as follows:

  • Balazs Kurucz – Coaching Junior Women’s Sabre Teams at World Cups
  • Fran Whalley (BF Project Officer) – the planning and running of ADP Camps, coordinating with coaches and other support staff to deliver.  Overseeing the EFC Cadet Competitions and the cross weapon adoption of Individual Athlete Development Plans.
  • James Williams – Coaching Junior Men’s Sabre Teams at World Cups


Information about the Foil Working Group can be found here, the Epee Working Group information will follow.


Note: The make-up of the working group will be reviewed each season. If you are an ADP coach interested in joining the working group, please read the Terms of Reference and then contact [email protected]

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