Engaging with Parents - West Lothian Fencing Club

Engaging parents is often an important step in a child's long-term involvement with a sport. Fencing is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, who can participate together within our dedicated community clubs. This allows opportunities for parents to engage in our sport alongside their children, which has huge social and familial benefits. 


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 put parental engagement at the core of their practice and made a huge impact on one family…


Donna was looking to get back into fencing after a number of years away from the sport. When she contacted West Lothian Fencing Club, she was delighted to hear that her daughter, Thea, could come along too!


“It’s great to be part of such a friendly and family orientated club where we can train with not only other members but each other. Thea and I get to spend time together learning a new sport and keeping fit!”


West Lothian Fencing Club, who are based at St. Kentigerns Academy (Blackburn) on a Tuesday evening and Bathgate Academy (Bathgate) on a Friday evening, have several parent and child members. This is because of the fantastic environment that has been created by the Club Leaders, Kevin and Liz, for families who wish to fence, spend time and keep fit together.  


“I value my time fencing with Thea. We have great fun and are both learning new skills.  We also practice at home and like to discuss with each other what needs improving (and what needs a little more work)!” 


Thea – who is 9 – is happy fencing with her Mum at West Lothian FC because “it’s a sport that we can spend time doing together.” 


Time is our most valuable resource, and those of us with children treasure the time we can spend with them. West Lothian Fencing Club is an amazing example of a club that puts the community at the heart of everything it does, bringing families through the door and allowing them to share the physical, emotional and social benefits of participating in our great sport, together.


For more information on your local fencing club, contact Scottish Fencing Club Development Manager, Blair Cremin, at blair.cremin@scottish-fencing.com.