Charity gives over 60s chance to sample fencing in Moray as part of scheme to create opportunities

Linkwood View.
Linkwood View.

Fencing lessons have been given to Moray pensioners to showcase the benefits of trying something new and staying active.

Research carried out by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) found that 65% of people over the age of 60 wanted to try a different activities but half of them thought there were not enough opportunities to do so.

To address the issue, the charity teamed up with Prudential to set up the First Time for Everything scheme.

This week, Elgin Duellist Fencing Club ran sessions at the Linkwood View sheltered housing complex in the town to teach the basics of the sport.

Instructor, Robin Paterson, said: “Physically, fencing requires good core body and leg strength, flexibility and suppleness.

“These are the same muscles that help prevent falls in old age. Most importantly, fencing is brilliant fun for young and old alike.”

Ian Menzies, activity coordinator for RVS in Moray, said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoying our first First Time for Everything activity.

“It’s never too late to try something for the first time.”

A table tennis session has been organised by the charity as part of the scheme at Moray College UHI on Wednesday, June 5 at 2pm.

For more information people can contact Mr Menzies by calling 07342 052420 or e-mail