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 at a cost of £42.00 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. We run junior classes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings.

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.

If you would like to sign up then please send us your completed Application Form.

Progression for Junior Fencers

We hope beginners will enjoy their trial at the club 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 six week trial, 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.

When they are old enough, fencers who have worked hard to gain enough experience will be invited to join our Junior Squad and represent the club at competitions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.