Getting to grips with an ancient sport

Joy Fleetham, left, closes in on Val Hoodless during a short demonstration bout.'113714b. Picture by Kevin Allen
Joy Fleetham, left, closes in on Val Hoodless during a short demonstration bout.'113714b. Picture by Kevin Allen

PEOPLE in Scarborough will get a chance to have a go at one of the original Olympic sports when a new fencing club begins at the end of the month.

It is one of four sports which have been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games and a need for a new club was identified by bosses at Scarborough’s YMCA.

Fencing taster session at YMCA...'Sisters Jessica (left) and Naomi Mainprize show how it's done to fellow club members and newcomers.'113714a. Pic Kevin Allen. '12/09/11.

Fencing taster session at YMCA...'Sisters Jessica (left) and Naomi Mainprize show how it's done to fellow club members and newcomers.'113714a. Pic Kevin Allen. '12/09/11.

Steve Marsh, the centre’s new executive director, said that two recent taster sessions had proved very popular.

He said: “The first session is free and all kit is provided. It is safe because they wear the proper equipment. We had six people to the adult session and three to the under-18 one.”

Mr Marsh added that members of the Bridlington Blades had helped to set up the club. He said: “They loved the gym – the floor was perfect and the size of the room was perfect.”

The first proper session will be on Monday September 26, between 7pm and 9pm.

People who want to join the new club or would like further information about the weekly sessions are advised to contact the YMCA on (01723) 374227.