How much does it cost?

Both beginners and more experienced fencers are expected to pay in advance for courses or practice sessions 3 times a year (payment periods start in January, May and August) – each payment period covers between 12 and 14 weeks when the club is open. This payment entitles fencers to come to any or all relevant sessions for their age group during that period. If joining us part way through a payment period, please speak to the treasurer about how much you’ll need to pay. Our payment terms and conditions can also be found here.

Fees charged for practice sessions and beginners courses include the hire of equipment for use within those sessions, as Foiled Again provides everything you need to try fencing for yourself. Fencers who have completed our beginners course are encouraged to start to buy their own kit and equipment, as people on the beginners courses have priority over use of club gear.

We run beginners courses for both juniors (8-12) and adults (13+). We find the best way to get into fencing as a sport is to try a free taster session, with no commitment – please contact us to be informed of the next date for a taster session for the appropriate age group.

Except when accessing a free first session, anyone fencing with Foiled Again must be a member of British Fencing in order to be covered by our insurance. Access 90 days’ free insurance for yourself or your child with an Introduction membership – for more information go here.

More information on British Fencing membership can be found herecontact us or ask at practice if you have any questions about the right level of membership for you or your child.

Junior Beginners (8-12)

Beginners course (10 weeks): £45 from September 2022 – this also covers sessions taking place after the 10 weeks till the next payment date (e.g. if your beginners course ends in March, you can attend sessions between the end of the course and the start of the next payment period for free).

Please note – as of April 2022, our junior session is currently full and no further beginners courses are scheduled for the rest of the year at present. If you wish your child to be added to our waiting list for any future spaces, please contact us.

Juniors (8-12)

Ongoing membership as a junior fencer, 8-12 years old: £55 per period (payable in January, May and September)

NB: if your child is 12-13, please check with us about whether the Junior or Adult session (or beginners course) is more appropriate for them to attend – decisions on this matter are made by the club’s registered coaches and are reviewed regularly.

Please note – as of April 2022, our junior session is currently full and no further beginners courses are scheduled for the rest of the year at present. If you wish your child to be added to our waiting list for any future spaces, please contact us.

 

Adult Beginners (13+)

Beginners course (10 weeks): £45 for under 18s, £55 for over 18’s from September 2022 – this also covers sessions taking place after the 10 weeks till the next payment date (e.g. if your beginners course ends in March, you can attend sessions till the next payment period for free).

Please note – as of April 2022, our adult beginners course is full. If you wish to be added to our waiting list for any future taster session/beginners course, please contact us.

 

Adults (13+)

Adult fencers, including those who have completed a beginners course with us or elsewhere, are welcome to join the Adult Beginners from 7.15pm for a warm up and footwork.

Under 18: £55 per period from September 2022 (payable in January, after Easter and August/September)
Over 18: £65 per period from September 2022 (payable in January, after Easter and August/September)

 

Visitors from other clubs are very welcome to attend this session too – our guest fee is £5 per session. Fencers who attend on a visitor basis for more than 3 sessions in a payment period (starting in January, May and September) may be asked to take out membership with us as a club and pay accordingly.

 

Please note: Foiled Again reserves the right to refuse to allow anyone to fence using equipment or clothing which does not comply with current British Fencing safety regulations (e.g. the wearing of an 800N plastron is mandatory).

Beginners’ Courses/Ongoing Training Sessions

All sessions take place in the sports hall at Allestree Woodlands School, Blenheim Drive, Allestree on Friday evenings. Please check the calendar on our home page for the date of the next training session and any planned closures (e.g. because of bank holidays).

Why not come along and see if fencing is the right sport for you? Please let us know if you or your child plans to give fencing a try, so we can contact you with dates for our next taster session. Please note: we are currently operating a waiting list, so there may be a delay between your enquiry and any planned taster session taking place.

As a beginner you start fencing with the foil (one of three weapons used in modern Olympic fencing). Both our junior and adult beginners’ courses cover:

  • How to be safe while fencing
  • Foot work
  • How to attack
  • How to defend
  • Blade technique
  • Hand / eye and foot co-ordination
  • A basic introduction to the rules of fencing as a sport

All three weapons are taught using the recommended England Fencing Syllabus and optional Grading exams can be taken to demonstrate your achievements.

Please note: Except for those taking part in a taster session, anyone signing up for a beginners course must have British Fencing membership in order to be covered by the club’s insurance – click here for more information about how to access an Introduction membership which gives you 90 days free.

After that, British Fencing membership currently starts at £13.00 per year for under 14’s (as of 2022) – discounts are available for people who automatically renew their membership. Please speak to one of the coaches or a committee member about the right level of membership for you or your child. More information on British Fencing membership can be found here.

Juniors

Our junior sessions are 1 hour, starting at 6.15pm.

Please note – as of April 2022, our junior session is currently full. If you wish your child to be added to our waiting list for any future taster session or beginners course, please contact us.

The minimum age for these sessions is 8 years and they should be accompanied by an adult, who will be able to stay and watch.

NB: if your child is 12-13, please check with us about whether the Junior or Adult session (or beginners course) is more appropriate for them to attend – decisions on this matter are made by the club’s registered coaches and are reviewed regularly.

What do I need to wear/bring?

  • Tracksuit/jogging bottoms/leggings that cover your legs completely with either no pockets or pockets that zip (no jeans, combat trousers or shorts)
  • Non-marking trainers
  • a T-shirt
  • a water bottle

Do I need to buy anything before starting the course?

You don’t need to buy anything in order to learn to fence with us, as everything needed to take part is provided by Foiled Again for use within the club setting (e.g. clothing and equipment). It conforms to current British Fencing safety standards and is washed, inspected and maintained regularly.

Junior Fencing (post-beginners course)

Once your child has completed the beginners course, they are welcome to continue to attend the junior session but will have the opportunity to continue develop their skills, as well as learning to fence either or both of the other two weapons (epee and sabre). Many of our junior fencers eventually transition over to the adult group and fence both in competitions and with more experienced fencers in the later session.

 

Adult Beginners

Our adult beginner sessions are 1 hour, starting at 7.15pm.

The minimum age for these sessions is 13 and there is no maximum age.

Please note – as of April 2022, our adult beginners course is full. If you wish to be added to our waiting list for any future taster session/beginners course, please contact us.

What do I need to wear/bring?

  • Tracksuit/jogging bottoms/leggings that cover your legs completely with either no pockets or pockets that zip (no jeans, combat trousers or shorts)
  • Non-marking trainers
  • a T-shirt
  • a water bottle

Do I need to buy anything before starting the course?

You don’t need to buy anything in order to learn to fence with us, as everything needed to take part is provided by Foiled Again for use within the club setting (e.g. clothing and equipment). It conforms to current British Fencing safety standards and is washed, inspected and maintained regularly.

 

Adult Fencing (post-beginners course)

Adults (aged 13 and above) who have completed a beginners course with us or elsewhere, or who are more experienced fencers, are welcome to join the Adult Beginners for a warm up and footwork from 7.15pm. They should also start to think about buying kit and equipment of their own and advice is available about this. Practice currently ends at 9pm and assistance with packing up our kit and equipment at the end of the session is very much appreciated.

Fencers attending this session can fence foil, epee and sabre and also use the club’s electric scoring equipment. Individual lessons for club members will be available on request after the adult beginners have finished (from approximately 8.15pm).

Visitors are welcome to attend this session.

Please note: Fencers are welcome to bring their own equipment for use, however it must be consistent with current British Fencing safety regulations (e.g. the wearing of an 800N plastron is mandatory). Foiled Again reserves the right to refuse to allow anyone to fence using equipment or clothing which does not comply with those regulations.

Fencers must also have British Fencing membership in order to be covered by the club’s insurance for this session (minimum of Starter or Recreational) – click here. Membership status is checked regularly for those fencing with Foiled Again as members, proof of current membership will be requested from visitors.

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