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After SCHOOL FENCING PROGRAM

Our brand-new Monday/Wednesday after-school program is designed to nurture student-athletes in the truest sense of the word. Kids arrive any time after 3:30pm for RTF Homework Club, with a healthy snack, quiet homework time (help available), and free gym time for those who have completed their studies. From 4:30-6:00 pm, athletes will learn physical literacy through the sport of fencing.

our program

  • Promotes healthy decisions. We teach complete physical literacy, and stress the importance of physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Teaches self-reliance and good decision making. Athletes learn to take responsibility for their own decisions.
  • Emphasizes respect and sportsmanship. Every match begins and ends with a salute and a handshake. Great athletes realize that nobody does it themselves, and we teach the value of respecting our community: family, coaches, teammates, competitors, and referees.
  • Builds self-confidence. Since fencing is a completely learned sport, we can get rid of the idea of "talent." Athletes can see a direct correlation between hard work and personal success.
  • Promotes a growth mindset. Through continuous learning reinforcement and skill testing, athletes learn that developing skills is all about practice, perseverance, and a plan.
  • Designed by a Duke University fencing coach, taught by college graduates. We understand the value of long-term thinking and importance of academics and life-long learning.
  • Affordable and Family-Friendly. With family discounts and no contract fees, we want to make sure we can share our sport with you.

our COACH

Coach Sophie is a 2018 Duke graduate, a co-captain and multi-year starter for the women's fencing team. In addition to being a North American Cup finalist for USA Fencing and having qualified for post-season NCAA play, she was named to ACC Academic Honor Roll all four years of her undergraduate career.

While she enjoys coaching at all age and skill levels, her heart lies with beginning youth fencing. She has worked as a coach at Charlottesville Fencing Alliance, Blue Ridge Fencing Center, and the Charlottesville Albemarle Parks & Recreation Department.

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