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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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The GB Cup

Sat, 23 Jun 2018

Youth Olympic Games

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 - Thu, 18 Oct 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.


Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

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.

National Programmes

Primary School Fencing

Premier and British Fencing are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership that will see Premier Sport become the “Official Delivery Partner within Primary Education”.


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


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