The maître (fencing master) is the soul of a club, likewise at AEW. The relationship between the maître and the fencer is one based on trust and transparency. Often, mostly thanks to the individual lessons, a strong bond arises that can last for years. From 1 September 2012 Edwin Treffers, Assistant National Talent Coach for epée, leads the training sessions and coaches individual fencers of all age groups. He leads the training, teaches classes and coaches individual fencers. He also advises the club committee on technical matters and future fencing trends . During training the maître is supported by two ‘salle assistents’. Committee members, senior members and parents may also be asked to help out on a ad-hoc basis. The committee is very grateful for any help offered.