2020 Academy Nominated Events

U9 – U13 Sabre

02-03/04/20 – Camden Leon Paul Junior Series ENTER lpjs website

18/4/20 – Academy Spring Championships ENTER VIA www.teampdfa.co.uk

19/4/20 – Academy Sabre – England Ranking Competition ENTER Sport80

8-10/5/20 – British Youth Championships – Qualification Required

U15-U17 (Cadet) Sabre

08/03/20 – Saint Jodi, Barcelona, Spain – Enter via email to Paul Davis

07-08/03/20Senior Eastern Region Championships ENTER VIA Sport80 – AT CURRENT NO COACH AVAILABLE

18/04/20 Hertfordshire County Championships ENTER VIA www.teampdfa.co.uk

19/4/20 – Academy Sabre – England Ranking Competition ENTER Sport80

8-10/5/20 – British Youth Championships – Qualification Required

U20 (Junior) Sabre

07-08/03/20Senior Eastern Region Championships ENTER VIA Sport80 – AT CURRENT NO COACH AVAILABLE

18/04/20 – Senior British Championships – ENTER VIA Sport80 – AT CURRENT NO COACH AVAILABLE

18/04/20 Hertfordshire County Championships ENTER VIA www.teampdfa.co.uk

8-10/5/20 – British Youth Championships – Qualification Required

U9 – U13 Foil

28-29/3/20 – London Leon Paul Junior Series ENTER VIA LPJS website

17/4/20 – Academy Spring Championships ENTER VIA www.teampdfa.co.uk

8-10/5/20 – British Youth Championships – Qualification Required

U15-U17 Foil

07-08/03/20Senior Eastern Region Championships ENTER VIA Sport80 – AT CURRENT NO COACH AVAILABLE

18/04/20 Hertfordshire County Championships ENTER VIA www.teampdfa.co.uk

8-10/5/20 – British Youth Championships – Qualification Required

Competition Expectations

Fence all the fencers in your group to five hits. Once finished check results at the results board on the far end of the hall. This will be repeated twice. There are normally 5-7 fencers in these groups. The next round is Direct Elimintion Rounds. These fights are to 10 or 15 hits age depending or 6-9 minutes for foil matches. Win a direct elimination match and progress to the next round. Lose one of these matches and relax and enjoy watching the rest of the event.

Competition References and Information

For all competition levels listed below fences must have a British Fencing Membership

If you are:

A school Fencer who has been fencing at least 1 term

OR

An Academy Fencer

AND

7 Years Old +

Academy Championships
Info: Organised internally as an affordance to competition with minimal effort and investment for parents. All equipment provided, rules explained but not implemented harshly, ‘safe’ age groupings and a fun experience with the goal of encouraging further participation.
How to enter: All entry information will be handed out in School Sessions, Academy Sessions, sent to parents directly via e-mail and by word of mouth in the Academy. Entry is very lenient regarding ‘cut-off’ dates to encourage participation.
If you are:

A school Fencer who has been fencing at least 2 terms and competed in the Academy Championships

OR

A school Fencer who has been fencing at least 3 terms

OR

An Academy Fencer

AND

8 Years Old – 15 Years Old

Age Group Competitions
Info: Organised externally by clubs on behalf of Leon Paul Junior Series (LPJS). These competitions must adhere to regulations set by LPJS and therefore equipment, scoring, entry date and check-in times are more strictly enforced. These competitions create a circuit that has an organised ranking system which gives children and parents a good idea of where they rank in relation to their peer group nationally. You may borrow equipment from PDFA for use at these competitions on a one-off basis but it may be worth beginning to acquire personal equipment if you wish.
How to enter: Externally via LPJS website. All links are e-mailed out to parents by PDFA to make it as easy as possible for parents. British Fencing (BF) membership is a requirement for participation at these events, this is how you are registered and insured for the competition. We would recommend these LPJS events for your child if they have done PDFA Club competitions and are interested in doing higher level competitions.
Info: Organised by Regional Governing Body (Eastern Region). The Regional Qualifier allows your son/daughter to compete against all the fencers in their region and if placing high enough qualify for the British Youth Championships (BYC’s). This competition requires British Fencing membership. You may borrow equipment for this event from PDFA on a one-off basis. This is a lower level competition than the LPJS circuit events and definitely worth doing if your son/daughter has taken part in a PDFA Club Championships and enjoyed the experience.
How to enter: Entry is direct to Eastern Region. PDFA sends out all information and necessary links via e-mail.
If you are:

A school Fencer who has been fencing at least 3 terms and competed in the Academy Championships and another Age Group Event

OR

An Academy Fencer who has competed in an Age Group Event

AND

10 Years Old +

National Championships
Info: The British Youth Championships (BYC’s) is the pinnacle of age-group fencing in the UK. In order to participate you must qualify through your region. Qualification to this event is a fantastic achievement and will allow your son/daughter to see how the rank nationally within their age group. You may borrow equipment from PDFA for this event on a one-off basis. British Fencing membership is a requirement for the competition.
How to enter: If you qualify at the Regional Qualifier you will be notified during the presentation and entered automatically once you accept your qualification with the organisers.
Info: The English Youth Championships (EYC’s) is the national championships for all English fencers. There is no qualification necessary for this event, you just need to enter. We are fortunate that this competition is held in Hatfield, on our doorstep. Because of this we encourage all our competitive fencers to participate in this event as it is an excellent way to gain national experience. This event will give you a national ranking with England Fencing which works towards national representation. This event is a national event and strict enforcement of the rules applies, we would recommend you have competed at the club, regionally or at a national circuit (LPJS) competition before entering this competition.
How to enter: Directly via England Fencing. PDFA e-mails out all the necessary links to make it as easy as possible for you to enter your son or daughter to this event.
If you are:

An Academy Fencer who has competed in Age Group Events and competed at National Championship events

AND

10 Years Old +

International Competitions
Info: There are not many official International events for younger age groups. However, England Fencing run a trip to Wratislava, Poland in March each year taking a team of fencers to represent England at Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 categories. These teams are selected from the England Fencing ranking which incorporates results from LPJS, BYC and EYC competitions. It is also possible to enter this competition representing your club if you are not selected for the England Team. This is a good option for fencers who would like to gain international experience.

PDFA also participates in Youth International events in Europe on a private basis, if you are interested in gaining international experience in an appropriately selected standard competition you are welcome to enquire with your coach and we can give the information for these events.

How to enter: For competitions where you have been selected by England Fencing the federation must enter you and this will be confirmed by the parent via e-mail directly with England Fencing.

For privately attended events at the invitation of foreign clubs PDFA will enter your son/daughter via the competition organisers directly.

If you are:

A school Fencer who has been fencing at least 3 terms and competed in the Academy Championships and another Age Group Event

OR

An Academy Fencer who has competed in an Age Group Event

AND

13 Years Old – 17 Years Old

Cadet
Info: Cadet refers to the Under 17 category. This is the first official age group that fencing is done in on a World level. This means that there are FIE (World Fencing Governing Body) organised events across the world culminating in zonal (European) and then World Championships at the end of the season. All age group fencing before cadet is with the aim of preparing fencers to compete at Cadet level where it is possible to represent Great Britain at international events. British Fencing runs the Cadet British Championships and several BRC (British Ranking Competitions) events throughout the year. Results from these events are what gain fencers ranking points which indicates where they are ranked nationally and these rankings are how teams for international representation are selected. These events are very high level and significant preparation is necessary to be ready to compete at this level.