In the UK, fencing competitions take place throughout the year both locally and further afield – some are closed competitions (for fencers in a particular age range, for those who are new to the sport, or based on location) while others are open to all-comers. Junior competitions are often organised by age group and can be open to fencers aged up to 18; senior competitions are for fencers aged 13 and above and are not separated by age group. There are also veterans competitions, for fencers aged 40 and older, some of which are split into age groups.
As a club, Foiled Again values the experience provided to its members by competitions and provides both practical support (including the loan of equipment) and advice.
Want to enter a competition?
- ask for advice from one of the coaches about what would be a good competition for you
- you can find details of other competitions taking place across the UK here and here but there are many others
- check who can enter – are you in the right age range or live in the right area?
- you will need British Fencing membership (see here for more details or speak to one of the coaches)
- you’ll need the right equipment for the competition – Foiled Again can lend equipment (please speak to one of the coaches to make sure you have what you need) but we are not able to provide either breeches or long socks, both of which are usually required
- make sure you don’t miss the closing date for entries
- make a note of the sign in time; if you turn up late you may not be able to compete
- have fun!
Can I do a competition as a beginner?
Fencers from Foiled Again regularly enter the East Midlands Beginners and Intermediate competition, usually held in the spring each year – there are separate junior and senior (over 13) events, with juniors fencing foil and seniors fencing any of the 3 weapons, all taking place on the same day in Nottingham. This is a competition specifically designed for first-time entrants within the East Midlands region, giving you a chance to see if competition is for you. For the purposes of this competition, a ‘beginner’ has been fencing less than 2 years, while an ‘intermediate’ fencer has been fencing less than 4. More details will be available at practice and on the website and social media as soon as events are announced.
This has been joined by the John Holt Novice Open, which is open to fencers across the country as long as they meet certain criteria (e.g. not being below a certain number on national rankings, not having won a medal in an open competition). This competition may also be good as a first competition and more details will be available on social media, here on the website and at practice when entries open.
Can I qualify for national competitions?
Fencers from Foiled Again are encouraged to enter regional qualifiers to represent the East Midlands in national competitions – in particular, the British Youth Championships (juniors only, all 3 weapons) and the GB Cup (seniors only, all 3 weapons). Local qualifying competitions take place every year in our region and details of those will be made available at practice and on the website and other social media as the 2019 events are announced.
Competitions Coming Soon:
Alice Ruggles Open Epee (senior) – 14th & 15th December 2019
Danielle Brown Sports Centre, University of Leicester
Epee only, with an individual men’s and women’s competition on the Saturday and a team competition on the Sunday.
- Cambridge Winter Open (senior) – 4th & 5th January 2020
University of Cambridge Sports Centre, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge
Six-weapon open. Foil and sabre on the Saturday, epee on the Sunday.
Merseyside Open (senior) – 8th & 9th February 2020
Greenbank Sports Academy, Liverpool
Six-weapon open, usually a very high level of fencing. Men’s foil and both men’s and women’s sabre on the Saturday; women’s foil and both men’s and women’s epee on the Sunday.
Derbyshire Junior Series
This is a series of competitions taking place locally, usually starting in September, for junior epee fencers aged up to 16.
Leon Paul Junior Series
This is a series of competitions taking place around the country, throughout the year, for junior fencers in all 3 weapons aged up to 15.
- Separate competitions for male and female fencers, juniors and veterans (over 40’s), epee only – these competitions also take place in various locations around the country throughout the year.