When you hear the term 'fencing', do you think of early morning duels with swords and pistols? Or maybe you think of films and TV shows like Game Of Thrones, The Musketeers, Star Wars or The Hobbit?
In practice, the sport of Fencing isn't exactly like any of these things, but it's probably the closest you're likely to get!
What it is, though, is an amazing sport that caters for almost any age and fitness level. It will teach you self-discipline, situational awareness and hone your reflexes like you wouldn't believe! Best of all, it's a brilliant way to keep fit - and it's great fun!
The NFC Beginner's Course
Northampton Fencing Club runs Beginner's Courses five times a year. We take anyone aged 11 or over. The course is aimed at all ages and levels of fitness, and is intended to be a short introduction to foil fencing. You will be in a small group of no more than approximately 16 beginners, which at times is broken down further into pairs.
Cost Of The Course
The 8-week course is only £60 for adults and £40 for 11-17 year olds, full-time students, over 65’s and anyone on Job Seeker allowance (proof of this is required).
You must book and pay online before you attend the course.
Please note that this payment is non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances.
If for some reason you cannot attend the course you've paid for, we will happily reallocate your booking to another course later in the year.
The course runs for 8 weeks, 7pm-8pm every Thursday at The Pitsford Road Sports Centre, Moulton College, Moulton (see the Find Us page for more details).
The first week is a taster session - you have a go at many of the things you will be learning, so you get a feel for what fencing is all about.
There is a breakdown of the course content on our Beginners page.
|Thu 25/05/23||May 2023 Beginner's Course|
|Thu 31/08/23||August 2023 Beginner's Course|
|Thu 26/10/23||October 2023 Beginner's Course|
You don't need any experience or specialist equipment, just loose trousers like jogging bottoms (with pockets taped or zipped up), trainers with non-marking soles and a bottle of water (it does make you sweat a bit!).
The most important thing you'll need to bring is an interest in trying something new!
After The Course
Once you've completed the course, you are qualified to join in with the other fencers. The experienced fencers and coaches will be pleased to help you improve your skills, and you can try your hand at the other weapons (epee and sabre).
You'll also get a significant discount on your first six month's membership, to encourage you to see what fencing in the club proper feels like.