To provide the initial funding for the facility, Newcastle Fencing Club head coach Iain Aberdeen entered and completed the Marathon des Sables 2014, a 156-mile self sustained competitive race across the Sahara Desert, which is commonly referred to as the 'toughest footrace on earth.
With the funds raised and additional support from local civil engineering company Owen Pugh, an industrial unit was identified and rented to become The Newcastle Fencing Centre.
The conversion of the building from an old engineering shed into a state-of-the-art fencing centre was not an easy task.
Assistance was provided by volunteers from the fencing and pentathlon clubs as well as a number of local businesses who completed essential works at cost.
Now, the centre boasts 12 international-standard competitive fencing pistes as well as more than 400 square metres of training-floor space.