is a fencing outreach programme, aimed mainly at primary
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
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
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
we offer weekly open classes at Ratho and Carrickvale
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
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
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.