16th June 2016
WATERLOO STATION #READYTODUEL POP-UP
Thousands See Fencing at Waterloo Station
On, Thursday, 9 June, British Fencing teamed up with Official Partner, Wilkinson Sword, to provide passers by a hands-on experience in fencing at Waterloo Station.
The second event of its kind, courtesy of Network Rail, saw thousands of people stop to watch fencing at a specially designed “pop-up” stand. Those interested were able to try the sport in different forms, from foam sword fencing, to playing a fencing-based reaction game and even getting a lesson from the volunteer coaches on hand.
Fencers, coaches and volunteers from London and neighbouring counties gave up their time to provide demonstrations of all three weapons and talk enthusiastically about the sport.
Raising the profile of the sport is a crucial part of the sponsorship package with Wilkinson Sword. Speaking about the event, their Marketing Manager, Lucy Oxley said; “Our aim to involve the public in fencing through both traditional and new methods could not have worked better. I particularly liked the green screen photo booth which gave the public a chance to fence a dragon, a knight or even former European Champion, James-Andrew Davis.”
British Fencing’s Development Director, Gabby Williams, added; “Every member of staff got involved in a truly engaging day of activity for commuters, tourists and the local community alike. This type of exposure to people who don’t usual get to see fencing is important as we continue to make a positive shift change in peoples perceptions of our sport.”
Katie Rhodes, British Fencing’s Event Manager, concluded; “A lot of work went into making this event happen and it has paid off. My thanks goes to all of the support that I received from my colleagues and all of the hard-working volunteers who not only gave up their time but also made the whole event a great deal of fun.”
To see highlights of the day please check out our video highlights.