Q: What age can I start?
The youngest age is 5yr old but it will depend on the child’s physical and cognitive development. Ideally school age children both girls and boys from 7yrs and older right up to adults can participate in fencing. As long as you have the passion and hard work ethic then really age is not a barrier.
Q: Is fencing dangerous?
Fencing is one of the safest sports. When a fencer wears a full set of safety equipment and follows the correct safety protocols, the risk of injury is negligible.
Q: Which weapon do I choose and can I choose more than one?
Most competitive fencers choose to specialise in one weapon only. However, we may encourage students to pick up more than one weapon once they have mastered their first weapon. The choice of weapon may depend on a few things from personal choice, style, or your particular strengths and weaknesses, so there really is no one determining factor. Speak to the club administrator if you are unsure.
Q: Is the Hills Athletic Club a registered club?
The Hills Athletic Club is certainly a registered club. https://www.hillsathleticfencing.com.au/
We are registered with the NSW Fencing Association and regularly compete in
State level competitions.
Q: Do you offer any trial classes?
Yes, Trial classes are a 60 mins group lesson to get you started in fencing. This will give you a fun and active experience into the sport of fencing. The cost for the trial class is $25 pp.
Q: Do I need my own fencing equipment and what should I bring to the class?
All the fencing equipment and protective equipment you would need in your class will be provided by the club for beginners and new members only for one term (10 weeks). After which you will be required to purchase your own equipment or pay a $10 hire fee each time you use the club equipment. We recommend that you purchase your own equipment and uniform if you are planning to participate long-term and/or are competing on a competitive level (Please speak to the Club Administrator for further information in regards to equipment purchases). Please ensure you wear light comfortable clothing, closed shoes and bring a drink bottle and a towel to each class.
Q: How long is the class and what is involved?
Each group class runs for 60 mins duration and depending on the particular class, the activities may vary but will include one or more of the following; warm-up and stretches, footwork exercises, sword work, fencing-related games and activities, and bouting session.
Q: What is cancellation policy?
The Hills Athletic Fencing Club will require 30 days notice in writing of cancellation of membership. During this 30 days, you can still come to training, Tuition fees are non-refundable, non- transferrable or used to offset future membership costs due to non-attendance.
Q: What if my child is sick or cannot make a class? Do you offer make-up classes?
If your child misses their class due to illness, please let us know ASAP so we can help arrange a make-up class. If you do not notify us, we will mark it down as a non-attendance and a make-up class will not be offered. Members are only entitled to 2 make-up classes per school term which are to be taken before the end of the current term.
Q: What if I am away on holidays? Will I still get charged?
We understand that from time to time you will plan to go away on holiday. Please inform us of your future absence and we will either help you arrange a make-up class within the same term.