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Get your school involved

We have an active, engaging Primary and Secondary schools programme that is growing rapidly. Participation has risen over the past 5 years, due to the rising statistics regarding the deterioration of our children’s physical and mental health. We offer an opportunity for every child in your school to exercise.

Our Primary School Programmes

Taster Session:

A one off session for a class group where they will learn the basics of fencing. Time permitting, this would include:

  • The en garde position,
  • Basic footwork,
  • How to attack and defend,
  • Fencing safety and etiquette.

The session will conclude with a chance for the group to fence some matches against their classmates. We usually run these sessions for 45-60 minutes accommodating up to 36 children but can adapt to your needs and/or availability.

Cost: - FREE

Young Swashbucklers Course:

A five week long course with weekly 45 minute sessions during which a group of children will get to grips both with the basic technical elements of fencing and their tactical application. As well as covering all the technical elements set out for the Taster Session, our aim here is, from the outset, to get your children to engage with the sport as a tactical game - a game of distance and traps.

At the end of the course, each student will receive a certificate of completion declaring them a Fencing Ireland/Trinity Sport Young Swashbuckler!

Cost: - FREE


Our Secondary Schools Programme

First Year Courses

A beginner’s course on fencing in the foil discipline provides participants with all the skills required to start competitive fencing and is delivered through weekly lessons over a term. A double class is required to allow time for warm up, skills instruction and supervised bouts.

this would include:

  • The en garde position
  • Basic footwork
  • How to attack and defend
  • Fencing safety and etiquette

Transition Year Courses

Fencing is a natural fit for TY and encouraging sporting diversity for this age group is critical for keeping children active and involved in sport.

We provide lessons to fit your class sizes and timetable. Students are taught a series of skills that develop their fencing abilities through a mix of footwork and blade work. Sparring is an essential element and students will get to compete with one another from the very first lesson.

Our Transition year programme also meets many of the objectives of Gaisce Awards:

  • Learning a new Skill
  • Getting Active
  • Meeting New Friends and having an Adventure

We teach using steel foils and recommend 10 hours of tuition which culminates in an electric competition (the same equipment used in the Olympics). Lessons can be designed from 1 to 2 hours in length and shorter courses are also possible. Ideally a local match with a nearby school will also be scheduled

For more information please contact Fencing Ireland – Email

Interschools fencing programme


“Schools provide the next generation of Irish fencers and the Interschool Fencing Programme is designed to deliver fencing to new schools, giving pupils a grounding in the discipline of fencing through quality coaching and interschool collaboration.” Philip Lee - Fencing Ireland

Teaching fencing from an early age offers many benefits to both the student and the school.. Increasing sporting diversity within Irish schools will improve sports participation and help promote a lifelong involvement in sport and physical activity by our school children. Another benefit 'for schools... who participate in our Inter School Fencing Programme is offering a new sporting discipline for their students who do not fit in with the traditional team sports.  Therefore offering a range of physical and mental well-being benefits which help schools stay in line with the Junior Cycle Well-being programme

The Interschool fencing programme fosters collaboration and competition between schools. A key event in the calendar is the annual Interschool Cup competition.

The competition is open to schools which provide fencing classes to their students during school hours and entry is through the fencing coach. The format of the competition is team based, with an emphasis on learning and building friendships that will support fencers as they compete on the national and hopefully international circuits in the future.

2020 Interschool Cup

Interested in getting your school fencing and competing against other schools? Contact Patrick Dight

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