(BF licence: ——–)
Returning in 2023

Welcome to the Mercia Novice Open – an epee and foil event aimed specifically at introducing new and less experienced fencers to competition, though others are also welcome to enter (see information below for exceptions). This is a Recreational event, so fencers who want to see if competition is for them are very welcome to enter without needing to buy an upgrade to their existing British Fencing membership.


Fencers aged 13 and over as of January 2023 with Recreational or Compete membership who are not in the British Fencing senior rankings as follows: top 100 (men) or top 50 (women). Fencers who are new to competition are particularly welcome. Please note: this is not a BF ranking event.


2 rounds of poules, 2nd round to be ranked based on 1st round results. All fencers to go through to DE round. Poules may be mixed gender, depending on numbers.

Medals for the top 4 fencers in each category. There will also be a prize in each category for the most successful first time competitor (please make sure you tell us when you sign in if this applies to you).


350N jacket and breeches, 800N plastron, size 5 blades. A mask with a conductive bib is required for foil. No armoury or spare equipment will be available on site.

SIGN IN TIMES:                   9.30am for epee, 12.30pm – 1pm for foil


The Mercia Novice Open takes place in the Sports Hall at Allestree Woodlands School, Blenheim Drive, Derby, DE22 2LW. Free parking is available adjacent to the hall – turn right for the car park after the school entrance. This venue is also accessible by public transport; the Trent Barton Allestree bus runs regularly to and from Derby city centre.

Toilets and changing rooms are available at the venue. There will also be a designated bag area in the sports hall – fencing bags are not allowed elsewhere in the hall during the competition. Tea, coffee and soft drinks available on site (payment via honesty box) and there’s also a convenience store and a Tesco Express close by.

Welfare Officer:

ENTRY:            Please watch this space for details of entry fee and how to enter