Harrogate Fencing Club are now in the third year of running their fencing programme at our school. Their sessions are not only totally inclusive for all or pupils, but they help improve children’s all-important agility, balance and co-ordination through a non-traditional, but increasingly popular sport.
— Dan Jones, St Wilfreds School, York


Programmes from Primary through to Senior school

The educational programmes delivered are used by schools from early primary through to senior school education. The modules delivered can be used as part of either an after school programme or as a component of the school curriculum.  For state primary schools the modules also tick all the 'creative and measurable' boxes when meeting the criteria set out by the school sports funding. 

The programmes are totally inclusive for children and students of all abilities. Often called 'chess on wheels' because of the strategic thinking required, fencing provides physical and cognitive benefits for fencers from an early age. Our courses help the fencers develop their motor skills, improves their concentration and gets them to think strategically. They will also learn to make complex decisions quickly, analyse problems and think fast on their feet. The spin offs from this are huge both socially, mentally and physically.

  • Fencing helps children with their all-round fitness. You can't sword fight without a moving !

  • Fencing enables kids of all abilities to actively partake in something together. 

  • Fencing helps children pay attention and give them the confidence to develop their decision making abilities. 

An educational perspective 

  • Educators are discovering that fencing can not only dramatically improve levels of concentration and self esteem, but also enhance mathematical performance.

  • Fencing helps pupils who suffer with ADD and ADHD to focus.

  • Our teacher CPD and curriculum programmes enable fencing to be linked into other class subjects such as history, science and languages. 

  • The fencing classes are tailored for boys and girls, of all abilities, who have never experienced fencing before. They are run by a team of highly experienced coaches, who teach the children about fencing in a lively and fun atmosphere. Each class is taught using plenty of games to improve speed and co-ordination, develop specific fencing skills and tactical thinking.

    A fencing club for twelve students can be easily run in the space of a badminton court and the children will be taught how to turn this area into an exciting and safe environment to learn the sport. Our primary school courses run progression schemes using the British Fencing "GO" Fence programme.

    Talent Pathways               

    As we encourage children to stay and develop they will inevitably outgrow the school activity. We therefore have in place a talent pathway that enables children to progress through to the metal fencing programme. The scheme  encourages the children to develop to a more advance stage eventually enabling them to take part in various competitions fencing for their club, their school, county and maybe even their country.