A Sport for All – A Sport for Life

The Musketeers is our club for 10 to 16 year olds

Warming up is fun!
Children enjoying fun warm up games

Started in September 2010 there are over 20 junior members (March’22).

They are passing Achievement Awards and compete in county and regional competitions taking gold, silver and bronze medals.

Fencing teaches a number of skills.Fitness, agility and quick thinking of course,  but also life skills such as Respect for others, Self-discipline, Self-confidence, leadership, Decision making and Loyalty. Fencing helps grow and develop good citizens

Fencing is good for students, it keeps the brain fed with oxygen and the body active. It helps them study and relax. A fit body gives them a fit mind

We also believe that the personal development of the child is more important than that of fencing skill so we don’t push them into competing but let them choose when or if, they are ready.

One Musketeer parent has said –

(My son) is loving the sport and very glad to be involved. It’s a lovely club you run – focused on the sport and challenging, but very friendly and welcoming too.

Beginners working in a group
Group work for beginners
A coach giving a one to one lesson
After a few weeks group work each child has one to one coaching

Taster sessions for juniors are held a the beginning of September, January and after Easter of each year. 

Sessions are from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Children should bring trainers, loose fitting trousers, trackies or stretch leggings, no shorts. A T-shirt and a drink

See our Where and When page for location details, transport, parking and building access.

The best thing to do is sign up to our email list so that we can send you an email reminder Otherwise send us your email and child’s details though our Contact Page so that we know your child is coming and how old they are. 

Or you can register your child as a member now. After you will be taken to our Club Shop where you can pay fees online.

Footwork practice
Warm up is followed by footwork practice before moving on to blade work
Medal wiiners in Girls U12 Kent Foil Comp 2015
Amy Jenkins, Gold Medallist and Lilla Scott Bronze Kent U12 Girls Foil May 15

Young people can usually start at the age of 9 providing that they become 10 during the current academic year.

Meeting on Tuesdays only (see Where and When for times) we have three qualified and DBS checked coaches. There is a group of starters and a group of more experienced to which the starters can progress within a term or two depending on individual ability. We also get them fencing each other on the electric kit as soon as we can to build experience.

The starter group have intensive group coaching and the more experienced practice with electric weapons every week and have regular 5-10 minute one to one coaching.

Children should wear trainers, T-Shirt (perhaps bring a spare too), loose trousers, trackies or stretch leggings, (not shorts) and, very important, a drink. (yes, I have already said that but…)

Competitions are encouraged as this is the best way to learn and grow as a fencer but it is up to the individual. We hold an annual Club Championships with an arrayof awards and prizes so that everyone goes away with some recognition of their achievement.

Child Welfare is paramount. Parents, please see the section on ClubMark for more information on this and also the Parents Fencing Survival Guide

There is regular email communication with parents/carers, a parents evening once year and at least one parent/carer is elected to the Managing Committee to represent the Junior members. ie all those under 18.

For fees see our What Does It Cost page  

For more information please contact the Club Coaches through our contact page).