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British Fencing Association

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British Fencing Head Office
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020 8742 3032

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2018 National School Games

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 - Sun, 02 Sep 2018

What is Fencing?

There are three types of fencing - epee, foils and sabre.

In all three, weapons are wired electronically to record when a hit is scored. In foils and epee, points can only be scored by the point of the weapon hitting. In the case of the foil, only a hit on the torso counts. In the epee, the whole body is the target. In sabre, points can also be scored by hitting the arms and head.


  • Improve balance, co-ordination and flexibility,
  • Great for all-round fitness, muscle toning, and building core strength.
  • Excellent for concentration and focus.


Most clubs charge a membership fee which normally includes the cost of tuition and hire of equipment. After a few weeks, new fencers may wish to purchase their own personal equipment.


Fencing is available to people of all ages and is a fast, dynamic and explosive sport. Clubs are organised within sports centres, youth clubs, schools, colleges and universities. Many offer evening classes for those looking for more flexible times.


The Basic equipment includes:

  • Front zip jacket, pants and underarm protector
  • Épée mask
  • Washable glove
  • Electric épée and body cord
  • Fencing equipment bag


  • At the first modern Olympic Games of 1896, the fencing programme consisted of men's foil and sabre events, with the epee making its debut at Paris 1900.
  • Women's fencing first featured in the same city in 1924.


National Sporting Heritage Day

Held on the 30th September every year, the day provides a focus point for sporting heritage in the UK.

Local Programmes

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.


  • East Midlands Platform
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    County Sport Network
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Sport England
  • Age UK L&R
    Loughborough University
    Harborough District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    Rutland County Council
    Equality Standard


  • Harborough District Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Leicester City Council
    Equality Standard
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Rutland County Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Sport England
    East Midlands Platform
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Loughborough University
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Age UK L&R
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    County Sport Network
  • Safeguarding