British Youth Championship Qualifiers 2022

Finals Schedule
British Youth Championships 2022 Finals
Due to scheduling, the check-in times will not be announced until after all Regional Qualifying Events have taken place (end of March 2022).

BYC Foil Qualifiers
You are invited to take part in this season’s West Midlands Youth Championships (BYC qualifiers) in 2022. If you are under 18 and you live or fence in the West Midlands, you can come and fence with some of the best youth fencers in the region in foil, epee and sabre. Those finishing in the top 8 in 16 in each category will have a guaranteed opportunity to represent the West Midlands region at the National Finals of the British Youth Championship (BYC) on 30th April-2nd May 2022 at the EIS Sheffield . Further fencers may also be eligible to fence at the nationals, depending on the number of entries. So for your chance to fence at the nationals and to have a great day of fencing, enter the regional qualifiers!

You will need to enter and pay for each event you want to participate in separately.

Check your regional affiliation before you enter and pay for your event.

Sunday 30th January 2022 – Packwood Haugh School, Shrewsbury

Sunday 13th February 2022 – Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull

Saturday 5th March 2022 – King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

Entry fee per weapon: £25.00
N.B Under 10 Entry fee only = £15.00 and the entry age is only this 3 year window

The entry fee does not include all fees and levies payable to British Fencing. Fencers who qualify to represent the West Midlands at the National Finals will have to pay £15.00 towards the levy that British Fencing charge, the West Midlands Committee will make up the rest. All those who are claiming a ‘bye’ to the finals (because they reached the last 8 of last year’s national finals) need to see the separate note:

Please note: In previous years the West Midlands Committee has subsidised all levies charged by British Fencing for entry to the finals for qualified fencers (the only region to do this). This year British Fencing has increased the fees to £45 for the qualified fencers. The committee took the decision to increase the subsidy to £30.00. Fencers will need to pay £15 if they qualify for the finals.

BYEs:  Fencers who are unable to attend their RQE due to exceptional circumstances or due to international selection are able to complete the RQE bye request form here

2019 Top 8 Byes- Due to the 2-year absence of the BYCS due to COVID-19, the decision has been made not to award any top 8 finisher of the 2019 BYCs an automatic place into the 2022 finals. All finalists are required to qualify through an RQE. Fencers who received a top 8 place at the 2019 event who cannot attend their RQE can still apply for a Bye under exceptional circumstances.

Fencers who have been granted a bye can be found here

Competition format: One round of poules, everyone promoted to Direct Elimination.

Requirements: BFA ‘Compete’ level membership (will be checked online) will be required. It is recommended that fencers join the BFA online.  All fencing clothing and equipment must comply with BFA regulations (see guidelines).

Fencers must wear full kit including breeches and long socks.

Anyone who can help referee will be greatly appreciated. Please let us know when you check-in.

Referee Courses

Becoming a Fencing Referee

Fencing Referees

The first step on the fencing refereeing ladder begins within the relaxed atmosphere of your club. Here you can safely test out your refereeing skills supported by the British Fencing Rules app and your club mates.

From there it is a simple matter of attending an accredited Fencing Referee Course Level 1 & 2 to gain your first qualification and be entered onto the British Fencing Referee Register. 

Learn more about the qualifications here.

Fencing Referee Courses run by West Midlands Region Fencing

Weapon Level Date Location  
Epee Level 2 20th November 2022 Solihull Book
Foil Level 2 TBC Solihull Book
Sabre Level 2 TBC Stratford-on-Avon Book

NB: You do not need level 1 referee for these courses, but you should have a good knowledge and experience at the weapon you intend to referee.

Fencing Clubs

West Midlands Fencing Clubs

Below is a list with contact details for the fencing clubs in the West Midlands.

Hereford & Worcester

County Chair Hannah Chenneour 07507 636685
County Website
Bromsgrove School  Mrs S Ascough 01527 579679
Droitwich F.C. Glyn Thomas 07969 759403
Evesham Fencing Club Nick Chapman 07980 757502
Herefordshire Fencing Club Daniel Robinson 07837 215135
Kidderminster Fencing Club Nick Chapman 07980 757502
Malvern Hills Sword Fencing John Rees 01886 833136
RGS Worcester Dr P Ehlers 01905 27061
Stourbridge F.C. Peter Baron 01384 400242
Stourport F.C. Nick Chapman 07980 757502
Winterfold House Prep. School Bill Imerson-Price 01562  777234
Worcester F.C. (Meets at Malvern) Malcolm Fare 01684 311197
Wyre Forest Fencing Club Sam Stockley 07977 927637


Four Of Clubs Email the club 07828 588143
Stone F.C. Email the club
Wolverhampton F.C.


County Chairman Steve Cowen 01952 740429
County Website
Much Wenlock F.C. Ismay Cowen 01952 740429
Packwood Haugh Nick Weston 01939 260217
Shrewsbury F.C. David Hiam 01743 243033
Shrewsbury School Ken Holding 01952 812007
Wrekin Sword Club Ken Holding 01952 812007


Birmingham F.C. Joan Whitehouse 0121 443 3136
Birmingham Uni F.C. Mike Whitehouse 0121 443 3136
Cocks Moors Woods FC Richard Burn 07967 267663
Coventry F.C. Paul Claridge 01203 717083
Coventry University F.C. Bernadett Rome 07906 607692
Kenilworth Sword F.C. Email the club
King Edwards School (Edgbaston) Mr. C Johnson 0121 472 1672
King Edward VI High School for Girls (Edgbaston) Mrs. S Blanks Email the club
Rugby Sword Club Email the Club
Ursa Fencing Club Bernadett Rome 07906 607692
Shakespeare’s Swords Email the Club
Stratford F.C. Mike Garrity 01384 841028
Solihull F.C. Richard Burn Email the Club
Sutton Coldfield F.C. Gavin Rudge Email the Club
Warwick School F.C. Nick Chapman 07980 757502
Warwick Uni F.C. Jimmy Wang Email the Club

Fencing Organisations

These are the main organisations in the UK for Fencing.

British Fencing (BFA)
British Fencing (BFA) – The Fencing National Governing Body. Information for fencers and coaches. Events, Courses, Competitions, Results, Rankings, etc…

British Academy of Fencing (BAF)
British Academy of Fencing (BAF) – Run by Coaches for Coaches.

Elite Epee Series
Junior and Senior events.

England Fencing (EF)
England Fencing administer the coaches and clubs. Forum
Individual results from LPJS, Elite Epee, BYC, EYC and other UK fencing competitions (2005 – 2016).

Federation Internationale D’Escrime (FIE)
The International Fencing Federation (FIE) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing body of fencing. They are proud to be an Olympic sport since 1896 and to have 153 affiliated member federations all over the world. In 2013, the FIE celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Fencing Forum
The Forum is an interactive community where new fencers and old fencers can share information and experiences. Bringing you all the fencing news from around the world. Get information on fencing equipment, armoury, news, becoming a fencer, coaching and more. The forum with over 9 000 members and sometimes 100 people browsing and discussing at once it really is the place to be.

Leon Paul Junior Series (LPJS)
The Leon Paul Junior Series (LPJS) is the best way to start fencing competitively. Aimed specifically for young fencers who want to compete in a fun, safe environment. There are over 30 competitions nationwide and athletes’ ages range from 7 to 17.

Warwickshire Fencing Union
Warwickshire Fencing Union is run by coaches, fencers and like minded people to assist fencing clubs in the Warwickshire district with training, grant applications and rule changes.

West Midlands Fencing
Visit the News pages for details of forthcoming training days, regional and local competitions, West Midlands results and other news.