There are three different types of weapons in fencing; the épée, a sword similar to the duels of the 19th century; the foil, a thin flexible blade; and the sabre, whose technique emphasises speed and feints. Each weapon has its own associated scoring zone on the opponents body and is played to a unique set of rules.
Many techniques of fencing are used for stunts and fight scenes in films, therefore fencing requires athletes to be quick and nimble. Fencing is often considered a "physical chess" with mental skills being as crucial as physical ones, with concentration and quick thinking especially important.
Everyone can take part in fencing, from young to old, and with wheelchair fencing allowing athletes with a disability to take part, it truly is a sport for all.
James Davis, James Honeybone, Corinna Lawrence and Sophie Williams, who all represented Team GB at London 2012, have all experienced previous success in the Sainsbury's School Games.
Gabi Down, who was the inaugural Wheelchair Fencing UK School Games Champion in 2011, went on to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London aged 14.
Philip Marsh, the UK School Games Champion in 2010 Men's Epee went on to become Under 20 World Champion in 2011.
Sainsbury's 2015 School Games fencing mentors will be at the event to answer questions and supply sporting advice. The 2015 fencing mentor is boxer Natasha Jonas.
Selection for the first two places will be done from the U20 ranking list as of 1st April 2015 (providing these two fencers are in the top 75% of the list). Selection for the 3rd & 4th place will be made by selectors in each home country. Where fencers have not been selected for the first two places from the U20 ranking list by default, these two places will also be allocated by the selectors.
The selectors reserve the right to omit a fencer from selection if they deem that fencer's disciplinary record to be unsatisfactory.
There will be four competing teams that will represent England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
For information regarding the selection policy for Fencing at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games, please contact (British Fencing).
To view or pint the Fencing event schedule please click here