West Fife Fencing Club awarded £25,000 Community Award

Club members stand in front of a West Fife Fencing Club banner

The West Fife Fencing Club has been awarded £25,000 by the OneFamily Foundation as it soared to the winning spot in the Sports and Social Club category of the recent Community Awards!

The WFFC which was founded in a school dining hall by Ken and Lorraine Rose who have been teaching fencing to the West Fife community at a variety of locations over the past 10 years. With help from the OneFamily Foundation the club has finally secured a new permanent home having purchased the vacant Wellwood Primary School from the local Council.

Not only will the school be converted into a much larger fencing facility but it is something the whole community can benefit from. The venue can also be used for children’s parties, sporting occasions, fitness classes and all manner of events. If it wasn’t for OneFamily customer, Frances Lalos nominating such a worthy cause as a Community Award project, the club and community would not be in such a great position.

“It is absolutely fantastic and I still can’t believe we won. The coaches work so hard giving up so much of their own time to help the kids. It was hard when we didn’t have our own space as we spent a lot of time travelling to and from different schools and community halls to practice so our new home will make all the difference.”

OneFamily Customer, Frances Lalos

The club has already seen many of its young fencers reach national and international success. Founder of the West Fife Fencing club, Ken Rose, can’t wait to open the doors to the new facility which will allow for four Olympic sized fencing pistes for the fencers to train on.

“With our new permanent home, we can make fencing more widely available to many more people, and it can be used by our national body, Scottish Fencing. We currently have over 75 members and hope to double this in the next year.”

WFFC Founder, Ken Rose

The £25,000 funding will help to transform the old school into somewhere the community and young fencers can use for generations to come.