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Report on Fencing Championship

TV piece about the 1978 Commonwealth Fencing Championship

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The film opens on footage of a fencing match in progress. Several others watch on. An interview follows concerning the suitability of fencing to a wide age range and on Scotland's chances in the upcoming championship. The 1978 Commonwealth Fencing Championship was the second such event, and was held in Glasgow. The interview takes place at the Scottish School of Physical Education, Jordanhill, Glasgow.

Questions & Activities


  • What do you think of the way this film was shot? Why do you think certain camera angles were chosen?
  • Who do you think the spectators are and what makes you think this?
  • Can you guess the date of the film purely by watching it? What clues indicate the date it was made?


Health and Wellbeing: Discuss why fencing might be viewed as a good sport for a wide range of ages to participate in. Research the career of a fencing champion and compare when they retired to the age other atheletes retire at. What sort of training regime do professional fencers have?

Health and Wellbeing: Find out all the sports that are included in modern day Commonwealth Games. How many have been added since 1978?

Health and Wellbeing / Enterprise: Imagine that you have been asked to prepare a campaign to encourage more people to take up fencing. how would you go about it? Which organisations might you need to involve? Who would be your target audience?

Social Studies / History: Research when and how fencing emerged as a sport.

Expressive Arts / Art and Design: Design a poster to promote a fencing championship.

Modern Languages: Research the use of French in fencing terminology. What do certain terms mean and why is French used in fencing matches?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-541-C
Project Ref T0511
Date 1978
Genre News Feature
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Modern Languages, Expressive Arts, Art and Design
Subject Matter Sports, Commonwealth
Who Scottish Television (production company)
Where Jordanhill
Event Commonwealth Games, sports and fitness
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 1:37
Film Length 01:37