Hampton Preparatory School
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Fencing

 

A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage
— Anonymous

Below is a brief outline of the Fencing structure for each year group. Once your child is registered with us you will receive an information pack which includes the full curriculum. If you would like to enquire online, please click here.


    The sport of fencing stems from the traditional art of swordsmanship. Two competitors face off head to head with rapier-style sabres and gain points from making contact with their sabre and their opponent. Although this may sound like a gladiator-style sport, we can assure you that fencing is very safe and we would not adopt any activities into our curriculum that would harm any of our students. The tips of the sabres are blunt and the competitors wear protective clothing and face guards. Fencing is a highly sophisticated sport and was first taught in the 18th Century to the aristocracy in Angelo’s School of Arms in London. Fencing would be a highly enjoyable sport for your child to take part in and will grant your child many useful skills.

Why Should Your Child Learn Fencing:

  • As a sport that has been included in every single modern Olympics, it is something we should look to as a more mainstream sport as your child may have a hidden talent that could one day see them winning Gold!
  • From footwork to posture to balance, your child will truly utilise every part of their body and they will grow in strength, balance and focus. Fencing requires full body commitment and will help your child develop fully and healthily into their teenage years
  • As well as physical output, fencing require mental output. Your child will need to use their cunning and wits to predict when their opponent will strike and when their opponent is open to strike. This means your child is using their brain in classes and in sport which exercises the brain without exhausting it by changing the way the brain is used
  • Fencing teaches us how to support one another and present good sportsmanship. It teaches your child how to get back up again when knocked down and how to persevere when things aren’t going their way, and improve for next time
  • Fencing can build confidence in many ways. Through the posture taught in fencing, your child will stand tall which will give them confidence in the way they walk and present themselves. Being trusted to wield a weapon gives your child the trust of an adult so they know we believe in them, and they will grow up with the confidence to try new things and know they are ready
  • Practising fencing gives your child skills they will feel proud to have and give them a sense of confidence to carry them through life

 
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Co-curricular activities and after school activities are charged termly. A full half terms notice is required if your child is to discontinue any co-curricular activity.