Beginner Course Dates


New June 2021 Course Dates

The following are the  dates for Junior and Adult Beginner Courses in June 2021.


Date Friday 18 June 2021

Start Time 1800 / 6PM

Location Singh Sabha Sports Centre

Duration  5 Weeks


Date Monday 21 June 2021

Start Time 1800 / 6PM

Location Singh Sabha Sports Centre

Duration 5 Weeks


Beginner Courses 2021

Key Points

Salle Eton will provide all necessary Fencing equipment and the course will be delivered by qualified and experienced fencing coaches. The cost will be £80 per person for the entire course. 

Participants need to come in t-shirt, tracksuit trousers (no shorts please) and trainers, and bring a face mask, bottle of water and hand sanitiser.

Salle Eton has decided not to run a taster session before the Beginner courses. Experience has shown us that a single session is not long enough to get a real taste of Fencing. After the completion of the 5-week course, you will be able to judge much more accurately whether you want to pursue Fencing or not.

We hope that all course participants will on completion continue to fence with Salle Eton club as full members and further develop your skills through practice, coaching and competitions.

If you wish to book any places on this course, please reply  - via email / contact us details - as soon as possible as we are restricted in the numbers we can accommodate on these courses.

Note: Although our normal adult weekly club sessions start at 7 pm, to help us run the course we plan to start the Adult beginner course at 6 pm. You will receive coaching from 6 until about 7.45 pm, after which you are free to practise and get to know our other club members who attend from 7 until 9 pm.

If the 6 pm start time is too early for you, then please tell us when you book your place and we will try to adjust the start time if we can.


Beginner Courses

For those who are completely new to Fencing, the club offers Beginner Courses for both Adults and Juniors, normally at the start of the Winter and Spring terms.  The courses run for 5 weeks and cost 80 GBP. 

During this time you will have a dedicated coach who will be with you for the whole of the course. The coach will take you through the basic movements, theories and exercises needed to fence.  Note that the coaching on the Beginner courses is for foil only.

All the necessary fencing kit is provided from the Club's Kit store, and hire of this kit is included in the price for the Beginners Courses.  

Note that whilst the Club provide all the specialist kit, all participants need to wear normal sports clothes (i.e. T-shirt, tracksuit trousers – no shorts please – and trainers) and bring a bottle of water.

The courses cover part of the syllabus for British Fencing Association (BFA) Grade 1. The BFA has designed a Fencing Achievement Awards Ladder which has 6 grade levels from beginner to Advanced.

Completion of the course will enable you to progress onto BFA Grade 1, (and subsequent grades) if you wish to.  The coaches can explain the BFA Grading scheme in more detail or alternatively see the British Fencing website on the Useful Links page.

After you have completed the beginners course you will be required to become a member of the club, and to start purchasing your own - or hiring club - kit.

Your kit is obviously very important. If you need any help in purchasing or maintaining any of your kit please ask one of our coaches.

Please note any kit you purchase must be up to current BFA and or FIE (the International Fencing Federation) regulations. Details of local and London based Fencing Suppliers who provide BFA / FIE approved kit are given on the Useful Links page.   

 For all enquiries about the courses please check the website regularly or Contact the club via email or phone for the latest info.  See Contact Us Links.

Note that with Covid 19, all of the dates for beginner courses are provisional and may be revised or changed at short notice. 

Updated info will be posted on the website when available and also on the Club Facebook page.  

UPDATE:  Revised DATES / TIMES for 2021 Beginner Courses - see below.  


2020 Beginners

Here are some images from the current Adult beginner Class now running in September & October 2020.