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Edinburgh's Longest-running Weekly Plastic-and-Foam Sword-fencing Classes

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Fencing is Fun is a fencing outreach programme, aimed mainly at primary school-age kids.

We use very safe equipment - children's masks and a variety of foam and plastic swords - and loads of games to get everyone enthused, excited, active and a bit sweaty!

For older children and adults, we use a variety of equipment, exercises and games.

Fencing, and the training we do for it, is great for fitness, mobility, balance, co-ordination, reflexes, core muscles and stamina.  And for getting your brain active.

So far, 1,084 people have been given lessons - including 984 children new to fencing - and we've run 3406 student-hours of sessions at 21 venues. A third of the children at our tasters go on to regular classes. We are feeding children to fencing clubs, from Clydebank to Edinburgh.

Originally set up to provide taster sessions to primary-school age children, we began regular weekly classes at Ratho in July 2010, and at Carrickvale in August. We also provide day-long fencing workshops for kids, and work with the Active Schools programme in Edinburgh and beyond.  

We are a volunteer-led, not-for-profit group and we offer weekly open classes at Ratho and Carrickvale community centres, and St. Michael's Parish Church in North Merchiston.  We also offer weekly classes to pupils within Craiglockhart, Hawthornden, and Hillwood Primary Schools, and taster sessions and workshops all over Scotland.

We have coached as far afield as Texas, and we are qualified via the British Academy of Fencing, the key coach-training organisation in the UK since the 1940s.  Between them, our coaches have represented Northern Ireland, the West of Scotland, and Middlesex County in competition.

We are delighted to have parents and carers sit in on all classes, workshops and taster sessions. We are of course compliant with the current Child Protection legislation and guidelines, as well as the child-protection policies and procedures adopted by the Scottish Government, the British Academy of Fencing, the City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council, the Guide Association,   Lothian youth clubs, and Clubs4YoungPeople.

Every class has at least one coach who is also a certified First Aider in attendance.

We are members of the British Academy of Fencing, Clubs4Young People Scotland,  ClubSportEdinburgh, CoachingEdinburgh, Scottish Fencing, and the Lothian Association of Youth Clubs. 

We now run regular weekly classes for parents and children, older children and adult beginners at Ratho, and we are talking to other schools, community centres, leisure centres, youth groups, and venues.

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