08/05/2015- Latest News

Taster Session laid on for Nijmegen Company – Grenadier Guards

British Fencing today marked the seventieth anniversary of VE Day by releasing imagery and a highlights video of a taster session laid on for Nijmegen Company – Grenadier Guards earlier this week.

Company Sergeant Major Sam Brooks took twelve of his men to the Leon Paul Fencing Centre and were treated to a master class in epee fencing provided by Alex Agrenich.

The men were put through their paces but quickly picked up both the footwork and bladework required for their mini-competition.  World Class Programme athletes Soji Aiyenuro and Curtis Miller along with Talent Programme athlete Yasmin Campbell provided support and an insight into competing on the international stage under the guidance of Head Sabre Coach, Pierre Guichot.

Speaking about the session, Company Sergeant Major Brooks said; “The guys had a great time and tried something that I know they had never done before.  Thanks to British Fencing for hosting us.”

A spokesperson from British Fencing added; “Alex led a fantastic session and really encouraged the guys to give it all they had.  The Guards were very approachable and sat down with the young fencers who arrived for their training session which started shortly after the taster session.  Our thanks go to Leon Paul for providing us with their facilities, the athletes and the two coaches.”

Everyone involved lined up for a minute’s silence to mark VE Day at the end of the session with the Guards in full uniform. 

Imagery of the event can be found on our Facebook page and the highlights video is here.

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