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Juniors and Adults Fencing for 2018

New for January 2018

Junior fencing sabreJuniors’ Introduction to Olympic Foil

Juniors’ fencing returns to Parklands Leisure centre:

  • Tuesdays, 5-6pm
  • Commencing Jan. 16th
  • Parklands Sports Hall
  • 4-week short course
  • Ages 8-14yrs
  • Equipment provided
  • £20
  • Contact: Robin Catling 07956 409818 or

Adults Introduction to Epée – the Spirit of the Duel!Hants epee final

  • Tuesdays, 7-8pm
  • Commencing Jan. 16th
  • Okehampton College Drama Studio
  • 4-week short course
  • Ages 15yrs+
  • Equipment provided
  • £20
  • Contact: Robin Catling 07956 409818 or

Historical SwordplayRapier and Dagger sparring

  • Thursdays 8-9.30pm
  • Re-commencing Jan. 11th
  • Okehampton Baptist Church
  • Continuing rapier, longsword, sword and buckler
  • Ages 16yrs+
  • Equipment provided
  • £6 per session
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  • Contact: Robin Catling 07956 409818 or


NEW! Fencing at Okehampton College – Autumn 2017

Juniors’ sessions 6-11’s and 12-18’s

OCRA fencing and archery dayWest Devon Swords will be running two new fencing sessions at Okehampton College from 19th Sept. 2017.

Sports fencing with all equipment provided; group and individual lessons, Olympic-style electric fencing. All abilities welcome.

When: Tuesdays from 19 Sept 2017
• 3.30-4.45 for 12-18yrs
• 5-6:15 for 6-11yrs
Venue: Okehampton College Sports Hall
Who it’s aimed at: juniors, teens and young adults of all abilities
Cost: £4.50 per session (£4.00 when paid per term block)
Contact: Robin Catling 07956 409818 or

“Solidarity” the theme of World Fencing Day

FIE World Fencing Day 2017The International Fencing Federation (FIE) announced the theme for the 2017 World Fencing Day will be ‘Solidarity’, to be recognized on Saturday, September 9.

This International day of fencing emphasizes ‘Fencing Together, Universal Fencing’. The FIE is promoting worldwide participation in its theme, encouraging fencing country federations, confederations, athletes, schools, clubs, and others to join in the festivities and activities. …

WDS at Super Sporting Sunday – 16th July

West Devon Swords at the South West Youth Games 2017West Devon Swords will be at Okhampton Sports and Fitness Festival’s Super Sporting Funday on July 16th at Simmons Park. We’ll be there with plastic fencing for the juniors and the chance to try some historical swordplay with longsword and rapier.

“Great chances to take part in archery, fitness sessions , swims, tennis, putting, fencing, runs or walks, badminton, table tennis, putting, trampolining and even a climbing wall- all at Parklands or with us at OCRA .

There’s also lots for children and adults of all ages to do also, so people can come along on their own and with family and friends. Refreshments are available.”



WDS at South West Youth Games 2017 – update

West Devon Swords at the South West Youth Games 2017West Devon Swords attended the South West Youth Games, Sunday, 9th July at Simmons Park, Okehampton.

Introduced as part of the Millennium Games in 1999, where every county created a Youth Games of their own, in the South West it has been going for 18 years. The South West Youth Games is now the largest community sports event for children and young people in Devon and Cornwall, offering over 20 sporting competitions on one day.

WDS at South West Youth Games 2017WDS was there with the plastic Go Fence! kit for children and adults to try.

Around 2,500 competitors, supporters and public attended the event at which we got unexpectedly sun-burnt.

Amidst the ultra-competitive Youth Games athletes who came to taster sessions between competitions, our youngest fencer was 5, the oldest 65.

Beginners’ Sabre Short-course June 2017

International sabre fencingOwing to demand, we continue with a beginners’ short-course in sabre.

  • 4 weeks from June 27 to July 18, week nights Tuesday
  • Juniors from 6:30 til 7.30 – £25
  • Adults from 7:30 til 8:30 – £30
  • Venue:
    Parklands Leisure Centre,
    Simmons Park,
    Okehampton EX20 1EP
  • Regular OCRA Juniors session continues Tuesdays 5-6.30pm


To register:
call: 07956 409818