Useful information

Membership & Equipment Information

British Fencing membership is required:

Choose your home nation (e.g. England) and “Compete” membership for the relevant age group (U13/U20).

Lots of information is available on the British Fencing website.

Fencing breeches are mandatory; your club may have kit available to use or second-hand ones to sell, otherwise speak to your coach for advice. Leon Paul is our recommended supplier if you wish to purchase equipment.

Suggested Competitions

North East Derbyshire Junior Fencing

We recommend our series of competitions which are aimed at giving young fencers some competition experience without having to travel far; all of our competitions are held at Tupton School near Chesterfield.

East Midland Region Championships

Also known as the British Youth Championships Qualifier, this is usually held in Nottingham in March. This will be a similar standard to the NEDJS so worth entering if you enjoy our competitions. The top 4 fencers in each age group have the option to represent the East Midlands at the National finals in Sheffield later in the year.

Cocks Moors Woods Epee Championships

Event held in Birmingham with age groups events in the morning and a senior open in the afternoon (over 13s can also take part in this if they wish). The next event takes place on 10 November 2018 –

Leon Paul Junior Series

A series of age group competitions across the UK; venues for epee competitions include Manchester. Further details available on their website

Elite Epee Junior Series

Age group competitions in Manchester, Northampton, Peterborough and further south. Further details available on their website.

What To Take

Full fencing equipment:

  • Mask
  • Jacket
  • Underplastron
  • Breeches
  • Long socks
  • Trainers
  • Chest protector (mandatory for girls, recommended for all fencers)
  • Glove
  • Body wire x2
  • Epee x2 – check the required size for your fencer’s age group
  • Loose-fitting tracksuit bottoms, fleece etc.
  • Food for the day, lots of water & a chair – not all venues will have sufficient seating available

Clubs will often be able to lend you kit, ask your coach for details.

On Arrival

  • Check in and ask for an anticipated start time & competition format
  • Register for photography if required
  • Familiarise yourselves with the venue
  • Get your fencer to warm up
  • Practise footwork on the piste (it may be metallic)
  • Find someone to fence
  • Visit the call centre (toilet)
  • Enjoy the fencing – see our Rules page for details on how competitions work
  • Once your fencer has finished fencing, check the final ranking – there may be a medal to collect!

Most of all, have FUN!