Call to arms from fencing club as it hosts free session

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The founder of South Holland’s only fencing club is encouraging people to get the point and try out the Olympic sport for nothing next week.

Andie Bayston, head coach at Custodians Fencing Club in Spalding, is hosting a free Come and Try Fencing session for beginners at Castle Sports Complex, Albion Street, on Friday May 10 at 8.30pm.

The session includes a demonstration of the sport, a guide to equipment and a chance to spar with Andie who has been a fencing coach for almost 20 years.

He said: “The club held its first come and try session 19 years ago and we are again offering adults and young people a chance to try fencing which is one of the few original Olympic sports.

“It’s a sport that anyone can try as you’re not put into weight categories and with a sword in your hand, you’ll be on equal terms with the next person.

“Fencing is a sport of skill, grace and technique, it will keep you fit both physically and mentally but most of all, it’s fun.”

The session is open to people aged 14 but places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone interested should contact Andie at Castle Sports Complex on 01775 762178, email or visit