Time and again we see the youngsters who don’t do well in mainstream team sports take to fencing with real enthusiasm.
Younger pupils often get involved in the sport because of its swashbuckling image, then continue with it once they realise how much technique and skill is involved.
It is good for children because it really helps them develop agility and co-ordination. The boys learn how to channel their aggression, whilst the girls often find a physical competitive streak not seen before!
West Devon Swords has a thriving core of pre-teen and teen devotees and fencing obviously does wonders for their poise and self-confidence.
Fencing is one of the activities to count toward Duke of Edinburgh Awards, which several of our juniors have completed over the years.