Last Updated: 30th January 2024

From November 2023 , the GBR  Foil programme will be overseen by the Athlete Development Team in conjunction with a new Foil working group (original news post here).

The working group’s purpose is to give direction and support to Foil development in the GBR Pathway, with identified GBR coaches given specific additional responsibilities.

Consisting of experienced GBR 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 GBR programme, shaping the deliverables across camps, competitions and other athlete development opportunities (including online education).
  • Setting and improving standards at GBR 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 Foil working group includes:


  • Peter Barwell
  • Keith Cook
  • Richard Kruse
  • Ben Peggs
  • Linda Strachan

Board Director: Jade Clarke

Facilitator: Steve Kemp


In addition to the working group role, the following coaches will be supporting the delivery work of the GBR Pathway Programme as follows:

  • Keith Cook –  supporting identified junior foillists with their Individual Athlete Development Plans (IADP).
  • Richard Kruse – continuing to work with the Senior Men’s Foil Team leading up to Paris.
  • Ben Peggs – the planning and running of GBR Camps, coordinating with coaches and other support staff to deliver.


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


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