Fencing isn’t just about getting fit while swinging a sword. BF uses fencing for social change. It’s about reaching out to people who wouldn’t usually give fencing a second glance and allowing the sport to help them see themselves in a new light.
As James puts it, “Fencing is this catalyst for conversations and changing people’s self-perception. Just look at our Muslim Girls Fence project. It’s created spaces for Muslim girls and women to challenge assumptions about their gender, race, religion, and other identities. It’s both physical and creative, and it’s also busting myths about fencing being an exclusive sport just for the privileged.
“There’s something primal about wanting to wield a sword, and we’re tapping into that latent demand with our game-based programmes.”
“We’re not just about teaching fencing,” James continues. “We’re helping people develop on a personal level, building resilience. Because once they’ve got that sword in their hands, both sporty and non-sporty alike feel included.”