Last Updated: 05.11.2021

Event Information

Dates: 6-7th November 2021

Venue: SportsDock, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD

Please note, the venue is within the recently extended Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) All those attending the event are reminded to check whether their vehicle meets the ULEZ standards. Check your number plate here

Entry Fee: £75

Entry Opening Date: 30th September 2021 at 16:00

Entry Closing Date: 22nd October 2021 at 12:00

Enter via your membership account here. Compete Level membership required.

Please remember that this event is a pre-requisite event for any athlete wishing to be selected for Great Britain at Senior FIE (including Satellites) or EFC competitions, more information here.

Format and Ranking Points

Format: 1 round of poules (no cut)* followed by DE

*  Due to space restrictions, we are unable to run a plate / ‘B’ competition, therefore there will be no cut after the poules in the 2021 Championships.

Ranking Points: The 2021 British Senior Championships 2 x normal NIF for Seniors and Under 23’s for domestic Senior ranking points (i.e. double points)

The 2021 British Senior Championships is nominated for Junior ranking points with a points multiplier of 300

UTF: The unwillingness to fence rules brought in by the FIE on 1st January 2019 will be enforced.


Eligibility Requirements: British nationality, exclusions / restrictions apply to athletes who hold / have held FIE licences for nations other than GB – more info available here

Minimum Age: Aged 13 or over before or on the first day of the competition (06.11.2021)

Start times

Updated 28.10.2021 – WF start time change

Updated 02.11.2021 – WS start time change 

Venue will be open for warm up from 07:30 each day

Saturday 6th November 2021

MF – 09:00

WE – 09:00

MS – 11:15

WS –12:45

Sunday 7th November 2021

ME – 09:00

WF – 11:30

There is no check-in at this event.  Fencers must report to the referee on their piste, ready to fence, 15 mins before the scheduled start time.

Poules will be drawn and displayed online at 6pm the day before the competition.  Information will also be displayed at the venue.

Fencing can start a maximum of 10 mins before the official start time if all fencers for the competition are present at their piste.

Entries close 22nd October 2021 (Mid-day) or when entry limits are reached. After this date, late entries £125 at organisers’ discretion.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Withdrawals: Fencers can withdraw up to 12noon the day before their competition completing an online form here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/f95de2158af842cdb6e3b3b3488d4bc4

On the day withdrawals can be done via phone – number will be confirmed nearer the time.

Any fencer who has entered and does not present themselves to fence, except in a case of properly authenticated ‘force majeure’, will be penalised with a £250 fine with their British Fencing membership suspended until the payment of fine is received. This fine will not apply if the fencer has withdrawn as per the procedure above. For withdrawals due to illness and injury a medical certificate will be required.

For a full description of the Withdrawal Process please click here.

Refunds: No refunds will be given.


Equipment: All fencers must wear the correct kit as per British Fencing rules. This will include FIE chest protectors (m.25 4(c) ) and 800N sabre gloves (as per the rule at https://www.britishfencing.com/urgent-safety-notice-sabre-gloves/)

There will be no Armoury service at this event. Athletes are to arrive with sufficient working equipment and able to make own personal repairs.

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

  • Mandatory wearing a face-covering whilst not fencing (unless exempt)
  • Field of play restrictions will be in place
  • No coaching during the poules
  • Restrictions in relation to coaches/spectators – it is likely that there will be limited spaces for spectators to have a direct view of the event. It will not be possible to spectate in the back hall
  • No shouting
  • No handshaking/elbow touching – replaced with salutes on the on guard line
  • British Fencing Events Covid-19 Testing Protocol will be in place at this event. This includes a pre-event questionnaire and lateral flow test requirement.

The mitigation procedures in place will be in review prior to the event, with all participants and attendees made aware of any changes or additional measures.

Field of Play Accreditation

BF continues to implement a field of play accreditation system at National Events.

Poules- Other than the referees and competition officials no one other than the athletes are permitted in the field of play.  If an athlete requires additional (non-coaching) field of play assistance during the poules please contact [email protected] so we can discuss appropriate arrangements.

DE- During the Direct Elimination matches: Each athlete, for the duration of their bout is allowed one nominated accredited person within the Field of Play . ONE accredited coach or, in the absence of a coach, ONE accredited member of BF.

There may be designated areas for these accredited nominated individuals to sit/stand.

Once the athlete has finished fencing these accredited nominated individuals are expected to immediately leave the field of play, to allow the next match to commence.

Fencers and their accredited nominated individuals who are next on-piste cannot wait for their match inside the field of play.

Further information on the accreditation process can be found here

Applying for Field of Play Accreditation


Applications are now closed and no further applications will be accepted.

Bag Storage

Bag storage areas are limited at the venue, athletes are permitted to take top bags/small bags only onto the field of play.

Large bags are to be stored on the bleachers or designated bag areas. Please only bring the necessary bags with you to the event.

Spectator Areas

Bleacher seating is available for spectators in the main arena.

There will be no access for spectator viewing in the back hall. This area will be restricted to Athletes, Referees, Event Staff during the poules, during the DE, accredited individuals will be allowed access only.

Refreshments: Cafe and vending machines available

Parking: Parking is available at the venue, parking is free at weekends

Medical: SportEM will be providing medical cover for the event

Shop: Leon Paul Stand will be at the venue throughout the weekend

Welfare: There will be a dedicated welfare officer at the event who will be clearly visible throughout. All welfare issues that arise at the event must be reported to the welfare officer present.

Sustainability: As part of BFs commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our sport, no single-use plastic bottles will be permitted on field of play. We hope that the community will support efforts in this area and ensure that everyone brings re-useable bottles to the venue. Where possible, re-useable bottles will be on sale.

Media: Please note there will be filming and photography including live streaming at this event for BF purposes. If you do not give photography/filming permission for yourself or your athlete, please contact [email protected] before the event


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