About our courses
Beginners Course & Taster Session
A flyer for the previous beginners course & taster session is here – update to follow shortly.
Date of Next Taster Sessions: Thursday 27th April & 4th May 2017
Designed for those wanting to ‘give it a go’ or considering a full Beginners Course, The Taster Session will give you an introduction into some of the basics of fencing (the ‘en guard’ stance, fencing steps and simple attacks) before giving you an opportunity to fence for real. Test your skills against other participants! Full kit provided.
The cost of this Taster is £10 (which is taken off the price of the beginners course, if you decide to enrol).
To register for the taster session please fill in the form here. You will then be taken to PayPal.
Next Beginners Course starts: Thursday 11th May
The Beginners Course Runs for 10 weeks on Thursday nights from 8:00pm-9:00pm at Netherhall Upper School Sportshall. The course is geared towards adults (16+) and we have had participants of all ages from 16 – late 60’s. Younger children should contact the Cambridge Sword, linked at the top of this page.
The course is structured in a way to take you from no fencing experience at all to the ability to conduct a proper fencing match.A general warm-up and stretching session is followed by fencing footwork, technical partner exercises and an opportunity for free fencing.
The course costs £92. For this you will receive 10 lessons, use of club kit and social membership of British Fencing Association and 4 months club membership, so you will have an opportunity to fence with the regular club after the club and see whether you want to become a full member. In this time you can fence with the club regulars using the electric kit, join the club’s Intermediate Course and try out the different weapons (epeé and sabre).
All sessions and courses are taught by a group of experienced, qualified fencing coaches. All of the fencing equipment will be provided. We try to keep the exertion at a reasonable level and concentrate on fencing technique so people with various levels of fitness can enjoy the classes. At the end of each lesson there will be opportunity to put what you have learnt into practise by fencing fellow beginners.
The Beginners Course costs £92 for 10 weeks and includes 4-month club membership and use of all relevant equipment (mask, weapon, jacket and gloves, etc).
To register for the taster session please fill in the form here. You will then be taken to PayPal (deposit is £20).
What you need to bring
Please bring clean sports shoes and comfortable clothing which covers your legs. You’ll need to be able to freely move and stretch your legs so tracksuit trousers are best. Shorts or skirts should not be worn. You might want to bring a bottle of water.
We have now set up an online registration system for both Taster Sessions and Beginners Course, with deposits made through PayPal.
To register for the taster session or beginners course please fill in the form here. Where the form asks you for BFA Number, please put in “Taster” or “Beginners”. You will then be taken to PayPal to place a deposit. If you have any problems with this, please contact 07481 538415.
As well as the online booking, there is a Cambridge Fencing Club Membership Form to be completed before you start.
Blank copies of this form will be available on the event night, though it will help if you can bring the completed forms with you on the evening.
Methods of Payment
The course fees will be due on the first night. You can pay for the course in 3 ways:
1. By Cash on the Night
2. By Direct Bank Transfer – the Bank Account details for Cambridgeshire Fencing Club can be seen in the Club Membership Form.
3. By cheque – please send the cheque, along with the Club Membership Form to:
Cambridge Fencing Club, 34 Silver Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4JF
We are happy to hand back or destroy this cheque or refund your bank transfer payment if you cancel your registration within 1 week before the start of the course or if the course does not run, for whatever reason.
Please Note: If you do not show up on the first night and we do not hear from you, we reserve the right to give your space to someone else. If we cannot fill your space, we will cash your cheque. If the course is full when we receive your cheque, you will be put on a waiting list for this course only and we destroy the cheque if you do not make it into the course. We will notify you if the course is full and you are on the waiting list and of any change in status. If you do not hear from us, assume that you are successfully registered.
Intermediate Lessons in 2017
Intermediate and refresher lessons are available to fencers who have not fenced for a while or who to those who have recently completed a Beginners Course. The lessons will be for fencers who have a basic level of proficiency and are looking to build their skills up to a level where they can take part in competitive fencing bouts with other club members.
We are currently running Intermediate Lessons between 8.15 – 8.45pm. Please contact 07481 538415 for more information.