Welcome to Edinburgh Fencing Club!

Whether you are beginning your fencing journey or are an experienced competitor, we offer a space for you to practice and have fun.


Tuesday19.00 – 21.45Open Fencing on the Box
Wednesday18.00 – 19.30Kids sessions – Beginners Plastic and Youth Metal class
Thurday 19.00 – 21.45 Open Fencing on the Box & Youth Sabre Class

Below you will find descriptions of all our classes starting from beginners to experienced.

Beginners Plastic Fencing

Wednesday 18:00 18:45, St. Thomas of Aquin’s RC HS
Children in Primary 3 to 7 (6-12 years)
Six weeks class, £70.

This beginners plastic fencing class is aimed at introducing younger children to the joys of fencing in a safe and fun environment. All necessary equipment is provided. The class is taught by one of our experienced coaches, Andy Alderman or Paul Neil-MacLachlan.

Signups are open by following this link. If you have any questions and to enquire about the next start date, please contact info@edinburghfencingclub.co.uk .

We only offer 12 places in this class, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. In case one class is full, we will add you to a waiting list for the next six weeks class.
In the unlikely event that fewer than 6 young fencers sign up, we are unable to run the class.

Youth Fencing Classes

We recommend children to be a minimum of 8 years old before starting metal foil fencing, whilst for sabre fencing we suggest children to be at least 10 years old due to the heavier weapon. But with all activities, some children are capable earlier, others a bit later. Please sign up for both the foil or sabre class using this link, and we will be in touch with you with more information.

For children new to fencing we offer a six week Beginners Plastic Class (explained above) to introduce them to the basics of fencing and build their confidence before preparing them to join our regular youth classes as a club member.

Youth Foil Class

Wednesday, 18:00 – 19:30, St. Thomas of Aquin’s RC HS
Children 8 or older
You have to be a member of the club to participate

Our foil class is taught by Don McKenzie and is suitable for those just starting out in the sport, providing a good grounding whilst building confidence and also for those who have been enjoying the sport for some time. The wide variety of abilities within the class means you will continue to be challenged as your skills develop. Foilists of all levels begin with a warm-up, games and footwork session, followed by some short individual one-to-one training.

For those ready to take the next step, our experienced cadet foil coaches are available to advise your fencer on their suitability for entry into the competition circuit. They can suggest which local competitions are best to get started with, and what supplementary training might be required.

Youth Sabre Class

Thursday, 19:00 20:30, St. Thomas of Aquin’s RC HS
Children around 10 or older
You have to be a member of the club to participate

This fun and action-packed class is for sabreurs of all levels. Working with Naomi Farmer, you play some games to warm-up, learn how to chase down your opponent (and run away!) during the footwork session, practice how to score points in the skills and tactics session, and finally put your new skills to use as you challenge your classmates to fence.

Beginners are welcome to join the class on the first Thursday of the month. Email info@edinburghfencingclub.co.uk for more information and to reserve your space.

Open Training Sessions

Tuesday and Thursday, 19:00 – 21:30
St. Thomas of Aquin’s RC HS
Fencers from the age of 10
You have to be a member of the club to participate

Come along and set up a box to enjoy a night of sparring with other experienced electric foil, épée or sabre fencers!

These sessions are not supervised and only suitable for fencers with experience in electric fencing and their own fencing kit, or anyone wishing to take a pre-arranged private lesson with one of our coaches.