School Clubs (C4L)

About Change4Life

312 new Change4Life (C4L) fencing clubs were launched in Secondary Schools and Further Education Colleges across the country in September 2010.  

This network of clubs aims to attract young people who might be inspired by the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games to take up and participate in fencing.

By building this network of school clubs on school and college sites, and as an integral part of a school to club framework, schools will be further supported to engage those not currently taking part in sport out of school hours. 

These clubs both attract and engage young people and develop a sense of belonging within a club setting, and encourage the regular participation that is associated with community club membership and lifelong participation.

Young people are at the heart of these clubs and clubs are encouraged to ensure that at least 50% of the workforce are young people (organisers, leaders, officials etc). Fencing is one of seven Olympic and Paralympic sports that form the Change4Life Secondary & FE programme (the other six are Badminton, Boccia, Wheelchair Basketball, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Handball).

Watch the promotional video for fencing C4L clubs here

Club Characteristics

  • Clubs are ‘owned’ by young people and the school
  • Clubs happen once a week
  • Clubs take place regularly at the same time and place beyond the current OSHL provision (not replacing current provision)
  • They are planned and delivered across the whole year
  • Clubs are in a single sport
  • Clubs have subscription and affiliation/membership
  • Clubs include coaching and an element of competition
  • There are opportunities for young people to lead and volunteer
  • Each club has a brand/name  

Target group: 13-19-year-olds

Issues that this programme tackles:  

  • Engaging and increasing participation among those young people, not yet engaged or only partly engaged in sport
  • Building a network of modern new School Sport Clubs
  • Increasing the 3rd hour opportunities nationally 

Case Studies

To hear about how other schools are delivering fencing and get some inspiritation and tips on how to start or develop your fencing club further please take a look at the examples of good practice below

Watch the following video to see Our Lady and St Chad C4L fencing club in action at the Youth Sport Trust School Sport Conference 2011, including a special guest appearance by Baroness Sue Campbell -

To see an interview with students from Our Lady & St Chad C4L fencing club please follow this link -

To see some young leaders from Wickham and Gateshead SSP in action delivering GO/FENCE activity at a Step into Sport day please follow this link

If you are a community fencing club interested in starting a satellite fencing club please visit for information and resources.  Please contact to discuss your plans.


For more information on Fencing Change4Life, please contact


To support Change4Life Clubs in your school, the following resources are available:

A beginner's guide to running a GO/FENCE tournament
Making the most of your C4L Fencing Club 

Video guides

Warm Ups -

Step Lunge Game -

Catch the Bag -

Bat the Bag -

Skipping Game -

In the river, on the bank -

Hand Tap -

Opposites -

Tag / Knee Fencing -

Skill Circuit -

Parry Riposte -

Priority -

Snakes and Fencers -

Poule Unique -

Team Relay -


To see how these activities are included in the Youth Sport Trust's School Games resources please follow this link

For further support in running a fencing competition please click here.


Web links