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Fencing (sword)

This is a sport that involves two people and the use of special fencing swords, called foils, epees or sabres. It is a skilful activity that requires each competitor to score points by striking their opponent.

Fencing develops good coordination, balance and flexibility as well as increasing the general health and fitness levels of an individual. It is an activity that can be offered to all ages, and young people often wish to take part as it gives them an opportunity to imitate their story-book heroes. There are different sets of equipment and rules for adults and children, giving young people an easier entry into the sport.

There is a range of protective equipment involved in fencing, such as padded jacket, gloves and wire mesh mask. There are an increasing number of clubs across the country that offer taster sessions and training for both beginners and more advanced athletes.

How to run/provide fencing (sword)

There are 2 ways of running Fencing (sword) in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running fencing (sword) yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running fencing (sword) using an external provider

Useful links

The National Governing Body for fencing (sword) is:

Factsheets on fencing (sword)

The following activity factsheets are relevant to this activity:

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