(age groups apply)
Greycoat Hospital School
Wednesdays from 18:00 to 19:30
Greycoat Hospital School
Saturdays from 13:45 to 17:15
Greycoat Hospital School
Cost: £195.00 per child, per term (sibling discounts apply).
Regular fencing sessions for children in central London.
Boys and girls aged 7 and above can learn fencing with us in central London (mixed sessions). Fully experienced coaches with DBS checks, all equipment provided.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
How the children's sessions are structured / term dates
Children's fencing sessions are structured on a termly basis, with fixed term dates. There are 3 different terms (each roughly 12 weeks) per year.
Strict age groups apply.
Roughly, the terms are:
- Mid-January to late-March (Spring term)
- Late-April to beginning of July (Summer term)
- Mid-September to mid-December (Autumn/Winter term).
Please refer to the Information sheet for parents for further information regarding age groups.
The children are split into 2 different age groups:
• U9- U10 (boys and girls - mixed)
• U11-U12-U13-U14 (boys and girls - mixed)
More about children's fencing
Children learn how to hold a weapon, footwork, bladework, how to attack, how to defend, fencing tactics and international rules. All children take part in 'electric' fencing as soon as possible.
All of our coaches working with children have an up-to-date DBS disclosure, and the children are supervised at all times. We have dedicated coaches who supervise the children and offer advice on how to improve their performance. All of our coaches have attended sessions on first aid, and safeguarding and protecting children.
Parents and guardians are welcome to stay at the club, if they wish, and observe the sessions from the Gallery. All parents are excepted to abide by our Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians and behave in an appropriate manner whilst at the club.
We also have a volunteer Club Welfare Officer, Tim Brookes, whose focus is to act as an alternative point of contact, should you have any concerns you wish to discuss in relation to child welfare.
Find out more and watch a session
You and your child are welcome to come along and watch a children's fencing session to see if they think they might enjoy it (no pre-booking required, just turn up to a relevant session – please check age groups and relevant dates first).
If your child would subsequently like to join the club, registration and the termly payment is then due immediately. All children must be fully registered for each term, for insurance purposes. No exceptions can be made.
Unless informed otherwise, all sessions will be run at Greycoat Hospital School, 97-98 Regency Street, London, SW1P 4GH. Click here for a map.
Clothing and fencing kit
For the sessions, children simply need to wear comfortable sports clothing and trainers (shorts not allowed, legs must be covered).
All fencing equipment will be provided during the sessions. It is recommended that all children bring a small bottle of water with them to each session.
Fees and payment
• Fees are payable on a 'per term, per child' basis.
• Payment (in full) is due no later than the start of term, by cash or cheque only.
• Cheques are payable to 'Central London Fencing Club'.
• Please write child(ren)'s name(s) on the back of the cheque.
• For each term, the cost per child is £195 per term.
• For children from the same family, the fees are: 1st child = £195 per term. 2nd child = £140 per term.
• Any additional children from the same family will be free of charge.
• If your child attends a school where we run fencing sessions, a discount applies. Please ask for details.
Should classes be full, a waiting list system will operate. Please speak to the Club Manager for details, if needed.
Competitions for children
If your child is interested in taking part in fencing competitions, we can explain how to do this and, if suitable, a coach may be able to accompany them on some occasions (in addition to parents/guardians) to competitions, in order to encourage and advise them on their performance.
Parents wishing to enter fencing competitions will first need to register their child with British Fencing (a small annual membership fee applies). This is a condition of entry for fencing competitions, for insurance purposes.
For any children taking part in fencing competitions, their own fencing kit is required at your own expense.
Competing is not suitable for some children. If you have any questions about fencing competitions, please speak to Jean-Christophe (Head Coach) in the first instance.
Friendly/informal competitions at the club
In addition to more formal competitions, we run a number of friendly/informal competitions at the club on selected Saturday afternoons for the children's age groups. We typically arrange at least one competition per term, where the children fence each other and sometimes also guests from other fencing clubs and schools.
These events help children to get more fencing ‘match’ experience, learn how to referee, learn how to run the scoring sheets (poules), and to have the opportunity to fencing with new opponents in a familiar environment. Please check the term schedule for relevant dates.
How to register (& term dates)
• Read the information sheet for parents which includes term dates, age groups, session times, and fees
• Complete the registration form (one form per child, per term)
• Complete your payment (by cash, cheque or bank transfer). Full termly payment is required at the start of each term.
To find out more, please feel free to come to the club and have a look and an initial chat (during scheduled children’s fencing session times only). Click here for the venue.
Alternatively, you can email us with any questions you may have.