Our Musketeers group is the first stage of a child's development in fencing and corresponds to the FUNdamentals stage of the internationally recognised LTAD model (Long Term Athlete Development). This stage starts at 6 years old and runs to about 10 years old, when the child is usually ready to move up into juniors.
At this stage, children are introduced to the sport in a fun, relaxed manner that emphases working together in a small group and building friendships while learning the basics of fencing. Children use adapted equipment and rules to engage in beginner fencing bouts and learn basic rules, scoring and safety principles. They also play games to improve fitness and key skills. Older members of the club, especially our young international fencers, often help out in the session to provide role models for the children.
Children also get the opportunity to participate in our club competitions specifically designed to increase confidence in preparation for the competitive world.
The children use lightweight adapted swords and full fencing kit which is loned from the club during their time as musketeers.
The programme started in 2012 since then it has produced numerous regional champions, national finalists and fencers who have represented England at international U13, U15 and U17 levels and Great Britain at U17 and U18 levels.