Starting out in fencing

Starting out on their journey into fencing, eight Prior Park Prep children have passed their British Fencing Association Grade One in the discipline of epée. The children all aged between eight and 11 sat their assessments in June at school.

For those who are unfamiliar, fencing provides opportunities to train and compete in the disciplines of foil, sabre and epée. In epée, the whole body is the target, so whilst there are more places to hit, there are also more areas to defend. This requires careful thought and planning using distance to lure their opponents into striking so a hit with a lunge can be scored.

To support the children’s development in epée, children were given lessons before their British Fencing Association exam, which were focused on the benefits of attacks and the need for a solid defence to prevent being hit. Having passed their Grade One, the young fencers will now start to widen their knowledge of this very physically demanding and mentally challenging sport.


Fencing is great for all-round fitness, building core strength, coordination and balance. Since you need to make lightning-fast decisions, it is also excellent for concentration and focus all of which can appeal to children of all ages.

Fencing coach, Neil Bromley

Part of the appeal of Prior Park is the wide range of different sports we offer. Having already produced international fencers through the school, these children have taken the very first steps and could be next to represent their country.

Tom Davies, Head of Boys Games and PE

The moves we learn and the games we play in our fencing classes are great.

Year 6 pupil

Fencing is really fun. I love fencing with my friends and especially enjoy epée where I can aim at anywhere on the body!

Year 3 pupil
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