Competitions

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:

    British National Veterans Championship (senior) – 28th February – 1st March 2020

    Harvey Haddon Sports Complex, Nottingham

    A six-weapon competition, the national championships for veteran fencers – open to any fencer aged 40 and over who is a member of both British Fencing and British Veterans Fencing. Friday – men’s and women’s sabre; Saturday – men’s and women’s foil; Sunday – men’s and women’s epee.

    More details and entry link here.

    East Midlands Beginner and Intermediate Championship (junior & senior) – 7th March 2020

    Clifton Leisure Centre, Clifton, Nottingham

    A great competition for first-time competitors, with two levels of fencing. The adult beginners category is open to fencers 13 and over who have fenced for less than 2 years; the intermediate category is for those who’ve fenced less than 4 years, so entering both for your weapon is encouraged! The juniors competition is open to fencers aged between 10 and 12 years of age.

    More information available via the links here and entry via Sport80.

    East Midlands BYC qualifier (junior) – 8th March 2020

    Clifton Leisure Centre, Clifton, Nottingham

    This is the regional qualifying competition for the British Youth Championships, held later in the year. All six weapons are represented, with fencers age groups (U12 – Born 2008 or 2009 U14 – Born 2006 or 2007 U16 – Born 2004 or 2005 U18 – Born 2002 or 2003) – fencers may fence in more than one weapon but can only fence in their age group.

    More information available here and entry via Sport80.

    East Midlands Senior Championships and GB Cup qualifier (senior) – 22nd March 2020

    Clifton Leisure Centre, Clifton, Nottingham

    This is both the regional championships and the qualifying competition for the GB cup, a national competition for intermediate fencers, held later in the year. All six weapons will be represented at this competition.

    More information available here and entry via Sport80.

    Leicester Open (senior) – 28th & 29th March 2020

    Danielle Brown Sports Centre, University of Leicester

    Six-weapon open. Men’s epee and both men’s and women’s sabre on the Saturday; women’s epee and both men’s and women’s foil on the Sunday.

    More details and entry link here.

    John Holt Novice Open (senior) – 25th July 2020

    A competition for novice and intermediate fencers, all six weapons.

    More information available here and entry via Sport80.

Competition series:

    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.