We are leading the development of youth sabre fencing in the Stort Valley region. Our junior fencers come from Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Stansted, Harlow, Epping and surrounding areas.
We currently have over 30 junior members in regular training with us from ages 8 to 18. We run sessions in two different locations (check-out our training schedule) and these are split according to fencers ages and experience level.
We strongly encourage new members and provide all equipment and coaching to our fencers. We also encourage our fencers to be active outside the club and participate in training days, camps, competitions and other events as this helps them develop.
Benefits of fencing FOR CHILDREN
1. Fencing will keep your child moving Fencing burns off plenty of energy, so it is one of the best activities to to ensure that they are enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle.
2. Fencing uses the brain as well as the body: Fencing is a very strategic sport, almost like a physical form of chess. It teaches children to think for themselves and to analyse the way other people think.
3. Fencing for children improves balance and posture: Fencing will help your child to develop better balance and agility, which can help to keep them steady when they are enjoying other sports too.
4. Timing is key in fencing: Fencing requires good timing, which is an ability that your child will be able to apply in other sports, and in their music lessons and other kids’ activities as well. It is also great for improving coordination and reflexes, which will be similarly useful elsewhere.
5. Independent sports make kids more self-reliant: Since fencing for kids is an independent sport, your child will learn how to work alone, and to take responsibility for their own successes or failures. They will have to think for themselves, develop the confidence to compete, and learn from their mistakes. However, while they may be alone against their opponent, they will also have plenty of social interactions with the other children in their after-school classes.
6. Fencing improves concentration: Fencing in their after-school classes will teach your child how to stay focused and follow instructions carefully. These are important skills that your child will be able to apply in school and during other kids activities.
7. Fencing for children focuses on honour and respect: Kids taking after-school classes in fencing will learn how to compete against one another safely and fairly. Fencing is a very polite sport that encourages fair play. Practicing it in after-school classes will teach your child the importance of following the rules and being a good competitor. They will learn how to win and lose gracefully and to treat their opponents with respect.
8. Fencing teaches self-control: Fencing is one of the best kids’ activities for learning self-control. It can provide a channel to turn stress, anger and frustration into healthy competition. Fencers need to be able to control their own emotions in order to outthink their competitors and avoid making a mistake. Being able to handle their own emotions is an important life skill that will help your child in school and elsewhere, particularly when it comes to interacting with other children.
9. Children who fence learn the importance of safety: Many kids will be inspired to take up fencing because they have seen people handling swords in films or video games. After-school classes can provide a safe environment where they can imitate these moves and learn how to fence safely. They will learn how to train effectively and to respect the safety of others.
10. Fencing is fun: Fencing is one of the kids’ activities with the widest appeal. It will attract children who enjoy other sports, but fencing for children can also be interesting for kids who are interested in history, historical or fantasy fiction, or stage acting.