Junior Beginners

Junior fencers can join the club from the age of eight. First time fencers initially join the club for a six week trial to learn the basics and get a feel for the sport. At busy times we run beginners' courses (usually at the beginning of term). However, junior fencers can join any one of our club nights at any time of the year, so long as there is space.

Sessions start promptly at the stated time and fencers are allowed five minutes to get kitted up before the action starts. We encourage children to take reponsibility for being kitted up and ready promptly, as well as maintaining an appropriate level of behaviour at fencing sessions.

Junior beginners follow structured training and work towards the Southampton Epee Club Introductory Award aimed specifically at youngsters new to fencing. Fencers learn the basic skills of fencing, as well as the rules of the sport and how to stay safe in a fencing environment.

Next junior beginners' course

Dates:   Thursdays, 1st June - 6th July 2017 (6 weeks)
Venue:   St. Mary's Independent School
Times:   6:00pm - 7:30pm

Who can apply:   boys and girls 8 - 12 years old
Duration:   1 session per week for 6 weeks
Cost:   £42

Want to do more fencing?
Fencers who complete the course and join the club afterwards will receive U18 Starter Membership of British Fencing (worth £10) absolutely free!

There are only a limited number of places available on our courses, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

Please complete the Application Form.

You can pay by cheque and return the form to us by post to the address at the bottom of the form. If you prefer to pay online by bank transfer then you can return the form by e-mail and we will get back to you with the bank details so that you can make your payment.

After the Course

We hope young fencers will enjoy the course and will want to continue fencing with us afterwards. Those who get on well with fencing and demonstrate the qualities we are looking for will be invited to join the club on an ongoing basis.

Those who continue fencing should be ready for an assessment for their Southampton Epee Club Introductory Fencing Award within a few weeks. From there they can continue to develop their skills by working towards the British Academy of Fencing Bronze Proficiency Award. Take a look at this page for further details.

After the course payment switches to a monthly standing order. Please see the Fees page for full details.

Regular fencers are expected to acquire their own equipment, but you don't have to buy everything at once. Junior fencers can continue to borrow the club equipment at least until we need it for another group of beginners.

Please contact us if you have any questions.