Finchley Foil

Fencing Club

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Welcome to our fencing club for  ages 5-17 yrs      Mini Fence   5-7    Other Groups    8-17




Do take a minute to read these notes to  get the most out of your experience of fencing.  The club runs on a Saturday during term time only.  All equipment is supplied by the club  and this is included in the fees.  Finchley Foil is affiliated to British Fencing and is run by an outstanding team led by Clare Halsted, (an ex-Olympic fencer, Veterans World Champion 2012 and a G.P.), our professional coaches Leo, Marinko, Silviu, Irina and Chris, together with our administrator Sharon Brosnan - the Club Secretary.



VENUE:                          Sports Hall, Copthall School, Pursley Rd, Mill Hill, London NW7 2EP


TIME:                               Mini Fence      13.15 - 14.15              Plastic kit

                                   Beginners/Improvers               13.30 - 15.00              Full kit

                                   Intermediates/Advanced      14.30 - 16.30              Full kit


Please arrive 5 minutes before the session starts to be ready to go.


WHAT TO WEAR? T-shirt, tracksuit trousers and suitable sports trainers.    Mini Fence   Long-sleeved top

Bring a sports bottle with water only  (Please don’t use disposable plastic bottles)



FENCING  is a complicated sport involving many different physical and mental skills. These are built up using the British Fencing Achievement Awards (Grades 1-6), individual and group lessons with the coaches and fighting practice. As your skills and confidence develop, you can move on to more competitive fencing and enter local and national competitions if you wish to, giving the opportunity to meet new opponents and learn how to cope with different styles of fencing.


Competitive fencing uses electric scoring apparatus and we are lucky enough to have plenty of this equipment for the juniors to use. Please take good care of this equipment as it is for all members of the club.


Regular fencing enhances concentration, develops fast reactions, increases stamina and improves balance, co-ordination and agility.  Fencing is an energetic,  exciting and fun sport,  It can, however, be quite demanding, both mentally and physically, especially for younger children, so our minimum age for full-kit fencing is normally 8. (Taking into account individual physique and ability).  .


It is important to remember that fencing is a combat sport so we  expect all fencers to observe  all the safety rules, to follow instructions, cooperate fully with the coaches and behave sensibly during every session.  Our aim is for every child to get the most out of each session.



 Fencers are expected to look after any club kit they use and to put it away correctly after use.  

 Faulty kit goes to Sharon or Clare for repair.


Parents – Free tea/coffee available . We are always grateful for help from parents with the kit and with packing up at the end of the session.                                                            




We hope that you will enjoy learning this centuries-old but now modern, super-fast, Olympic sport; have lots of fun, make new friends and get fitter whilst you do!




If you have any questions, suggestions or problems please let us know.



click here to contact  Sharon  or Clare