A&C Sword Club is a leading, volunteer run, fencing club in Nottingham. We concentrate on foil. “A&C” stands for “Arnold and Carlton”.
Our aim is to provide a positive training environment for all levels of fencers, from new beginner all the way to senior levels. Our best fencers have been known to compete internationally representing Britain, England and Scotland, but don’t let the top level put you off starting. Fencing really is a sport for everyone and all ages. We also (of course) welcome anyone who used to fence, but has taken a break for any reason.
We regularly run British Fencing Association (BFA) accredited 8 week beginner’s courses, which are designed to teach people all the essential fencing moves and then how to get into friendly sparring matches at club level. If you’re interested in getting into fencing just click the link to the left to find out about our Beginners Courses – our latest course started on 16th September and the next one will start in the Spring. Send us an email if you’ve any questions or to book a place on the next course!
As well as beginners courses, our BFA qualified coaches run regular class and individual lessons to help people improve and learn new moves. We also have plenty of friendly sparring, with fencers of various standards. We warmly welcome all visitors, whether you’re a local fencer who wants the occasional (or more regular) chance to fence different people or additional lessons to supplement your usual fencing – or if you’re visiting the area or at home from university or working away. We can lend kit for the session, if you need it. Just drop in at the session or send us an email to say “hello” beforehand.
We believe that fencing should be as accessible as possible, so each session (whether you’re a regular fencer or a visitor) costs just £5.
Fencing sparring is a great way to get fit; it’s a really good workout in an engaging environment, that also has the mental challenge that maybe a treadmill down a regular gym can’t quite provide.
A&C also enjoys an active social programme, including nights out, club trips away to friendly competitions, and for the adult crowd the occasional drink in the local pub once the fencing has finished for the evening.