European Week of Sport - Dylan's Story...

At Scottish Fencing, we are incredibly proud of the work being done by our member clubs to give people the opportunity to try our amazing sport. Clubs are the beating heart of our sport, and we are constantly in awe of the effort being given on a daily basis by the Club Leaders, Coaches and Volunteers. Below is an example of how one of these clubs has made a huge impact on someone’s life…

Dylan Roberts knew from the age of six that he wanted to fence… or at least, fight with a sword. The local fencing club welcomed him with open arms, giving him the chance to participate and progress as he grew to eventually represent Scotland in 2016. That club was West Fife Fencing Club in Wellwood, Dunfermline.

 

The skills that Dylan developed through his fencing training – persistence, determination, strong work ethic - positively influenced other areas of his life, especially academics. As well as constantly learning and progressing under his coach, Mike O’Donnell, he continued to get good grades at school.

 

Following encouragement from Lorraine Rose from West Fife FC, Dylan attended a summer camp at Millfield School. Dylan fell in love with the place, and with the support of his parents, was offered a joint Academic and Fencing scholarship. He accepted and began there in September 2018.

 

Good clubs look for opportunities to develop the whole person, not just the fencer, in front of them. Scottish Fencing are proud to support clubs like West Fife FC who create a welcoming and nurturing environment for all.

 

Taking part in fencing can positively influence many areas of our lives – physically, socially, emotionally and academically. For more information on your local fencing club, contact Scottish Fencing Club Development Manager, Blair Cremin, at blair.cremin@scottish-fencing.com.