YOUNG people will get the chance to fence like James Bond with the help of a Lottery grant.

The project is one of four 'Awards for All' grants in South Lakeland and 94 in the North West totalling £680,221.

Kendal Fencing Club has received £1,903 to stage a series of training courses and open days for schoolchildren and community groups from now until the end of the year in the Kendal Lads and Girls Club.

Budding fencers will be able to learn the nuances of the Olympic sport made famous in Hollywood movies such as The Three Musketeers and James Bond: Die Another Day, and the group hopes to establish a junior fencing club.

Martin Oldham, treasurer and coach, said: "Our goal is to pass on fencing skills to young people and we know that instructors can be few and far between.

"Fencing is a game of skill, tactics and co-ordination that is incredibly rewarding - it's something anybody can do though it does take several weeks to learn the moves. In many ways it is like chess, and slowly but surely you build up a repertoire of lunges and parries.

"It's something that many people have seen on telly - even more so with the Olympics recently.

We held two open days recently and we have some young enthusiasts who are keen to give it a go, and we invite anybody who's interested to come down, pick up a fencing mask and a foil and join in the fun."