UNIVERSITY FENCING OFFICER PROGRAMME

I remind them that we are here to have fun and try something completely new. After all, what is not fun about hitting people on the head with metal swords?!
- Laylla Stanley

In partnership with Sport England, British Fencing launched the University Fencing Officer (UFO) programme. An initiative designed to provide participation fencing opportunities to university students, through a peer-peer delivery method.

University is a key time for young people to start fencing and this may be their only activity. To make this a great experience, we have trained current university students to be ‘Fencing Ambassadors’ and deliver fun and engaging sessions using Sabre:Lite.

Sabre:Lite is a simplified version of Sabre fencing. We focus on delivery through a series of games to keep the sessions fresh. This game-based learning helps to keep things fun while they learn the skills of fencing. Most importantly we keep the students coming back as they start their journey into the world of fencing.

Since 2017 British Fencing has:

  • Trained over 100 students as UFOs
  • Worked in 40+ universities
  • Provided almost 1k sessions
  • Engaged 0ver 1k students in our sessions
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