Chance to learn fencing for local sport lovers

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Fernwood Sword Club is running a 10-week beginners’ course, starting at the Grove Leisure Centre in Balderton on Sunday, 12th February.

Fencing is a fast, exciting and athletic sport. It is like ‘active chess’ and keeps both body and mind fit.

The modern Olympic sport requires fencers to be among the fittest of athletes and have levels of skills which require many hours of dedicated training.

In learning the skills of attacking and defending with the foil, epee or sabre, fencers develop good co-ordination, balance and flexibility which make fencing training an ideal means of keeping fit for all ages and abilities.

The course, which costs £50, includes tuition by British Fencing-registered coaches, all equipment and insurances plus free access to regular Fernwood Sword Club fencing sessions for the duration of the course, for those who wish to get in some extra practice.

Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Club and Coach Development Officer, Holly Powell, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for people to learn the sport of fencing locally. After the 10-week programme, participants are invited to join the weekly club activities to enable them to continue and progress in the sport.”

The sessions will be held from 9am to 10am in the main sports hall at the Grove Leisure Centre.

Booking forms are available from the leisure centre on 01636 655780 or by e-mailing