Freshers' Events

During Freshers' Week 2023 we are running two taster sessions that any students (not just freshers') can attend for free! These are on the 26th of September from 19:00 to 21:00 and the 28th of September from 17:00 to 19:00.

We also have three pre-season training sessions for experienced fencers on the 29th of September from 17:00 to 22:00, the 30th of September from 12:00 to 17:00, and the 1st of October from 12:30 to 17:00.

You are welcome to join the club at any point during the year. We love having new members and will cater for anyone who is just starting out with fencing!

If you have any questions contact us by email at and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

What to Bring?

  • Tracksuit trousers. We can't let you fence in sports shorts for safety reasons - sorry!
  • Clean indoor trainers/shoes. 
  • Water bottle - Fencing is a tough sport and it's hard work. Keeping hydrated is essential. A water fountain is available in the salle.

How to Get There?

A map showing the route to the fencing salle - written direction below.

  1. From the front entrance to the Sports Training Village, walk straight ahead to a set of stairs
  2. Take the stairs down (or take the elevator to the right) to the reception
  3. Pass through the barriers using your library card
  4. Turn right, proceed a few steps, then turn right again to proceed down a long corridor to the locker room.
  5. Once in the locker room, take the first left to a corridor containing changing rooms and toilets (these are the closest facilities to the salle, and you are free to use them).
  6. At the end of this corridor, take the steps up and through the single door to the Jumps and Throws Hall.
  7. Turn left to see a set of double doors - go through these to enter another corridor.
  8. Follow the corridor around to enter the salle.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to email us at


  • Do I need to be fit? You do not have to be physically fit to start fencing recreationally, but fencing will help you get fit. During our beginner sessions we will provide some fitness training to build core stability and explosive power.


  • How much does it cost? £30 for the SU sports pass, then £10 to join our club. This includes all equipment use and coaching.


  • Does fencing hurt/is it dangerous? No. Fencing is not about smacking opponents as hard as possible with a sword. The aim in fencing is to score hits on your opponent, usually these are light and can barely be felt through the protective gear. Fencing equipment consists of at least a jacket, under jacket and glove made of lightweight material similar to Kevlar. The face is protected by a stainless steel mesh and the weapons have flattened, round points. Fencing is statistically one of the safest sports, with are a lower injury rate than tennis and football. Injuries from blades are extremely rare and impossible provided correct kit is used, the most common injury is a twisted ankle.


  • How do I join the club? Click the 'Add to Basket' option on the left hand sidebar!