THE Trader Guardian, Bassetlaw Council and local teenagers engaged in a swashbuckling sword fight at North Notts Arena last week.

Friday, 27th January 2012, 8:00 am

Guardian editor Chris Burton joined councillors David Challinor, Simon Greaves and Julie Leigh, along with North Notts College students, to try their hand at fencing – as part of the Bassetlaw Games.

The Games, a campaign to increase sporting participation in the district, aims to bring new sports to Bassetlaw.

Last Wednesday, Fencing England head coach Norman Randall put on a special coaching session, showcasing the skills necessary to compete in the sport.

Norman demonstrated the use of the three competition swords, the foil, sabre and epee, and dished out advice on footwork, before the audience donned masks and took up their weapons for a taster.

It was the second fencing lesson held at the arena, and a launch event for the Games.

Tony Wright, sports development team leader for the council, told the Guardian the ultimate aim is to introduce the sport to Bassetlaw with a new club.

“The fencing sessions are proving to be very enjoyable and we are particularly grateful to the governing body for their support in bringing this sport to Bassetlaw.”

“The feedback from the students taking part has been really good and we are hopeful that a fencing club could develop in the district.”

The Trader Guardian is a media partner for the Bassetlaw Games programme.

Editor Chris Burton gave the campaign his full support.

He said: “We’re committed to the Bassetlaw Games, because the lasting legacy could really make a difference to the health of people in the area.”