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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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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.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

National Programmes

GO/FENCE Activity Programme

The GO/FENCE activity programme is a series of up to 10 sessions delivered by an appropriately trained GO/FENCE Leader


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