Last Updated: 27th January 2023


Dates: 29th April- 1st May 2023

Venue: EIS Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA

Schedule:  Check In times to be confirmed in late March when entries are confirmed via RQEs (Regional Qualifying Events)

Saturday 29th April Sunday 30th April Monday 1st May
U18 Boys Foil U14 Boys Foil U12 Boys Foil
U16 Boys Foil U14 Girls Foil U16 Girls Foil
U18 Girls Foil U12 Girls Foil U18 Boys Epee
U14 Boys Epee U16 Boys Epee U18 Girls Epee
U12 Boys Epee U16 Girls Epee U14 Girls Epee
U12 Girls Epee U18 Boys Sabre U16 Boys Sabre
U16 Girls Sabre U18 Girls Sabre U14 Boys Sabre
U14 Girls Sabre U12 Boys Sabre U12 Girls Sabre


Membership Level Required: Compete (including for RQEs)

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Age Groups:

U12 – Born 2011 or 2012

U14 – Born 2009 or 2010

U16 – Born 2007 or 2008

U18 – Born 2005 or 2006

Entry Fee: £47.50

Qualification through Regional Qualifying Events (RQEs) – Qualifiers will be sent invites to accept their place and pay the entry fee after qualifiers are complete.

The BF Entry Fee Support Scheme will be in place for this event.

BF is mindful of the rising costs of attending fencing events and the potential barrier to participation this creates for some members of our community.

As a result, BF is offering a limited number of free entries to qualified fencers to attend the 2023 BYCs. These will be offered based on financial need, not on ability.  This scheme will cover 100% of the entry fee cost.

Qualifiers to the 2023 BYCs will be able to complete an online application to apply. Further information will be released in Early 2023.

Event Format:

Each competition will follow the same format, one round of poules (a round robin, usually with between 6-7 fencers in a poule), followed by DE (Direct Elimination/Knock out stages). All competitors will progress to the DE (No cut).


The British Youth Championships (BYCs) are a 24-event competition, with events in four age groups (U12s, U14s, U16s & U18s) for all three weapons.  Fencers have the opportunity to qualify for the BYCs through Regional Qualifying Events (RQEs) which will be held by each Region.

Regional qualification is calculated based on the below formula. Please note that fencers who enter, but do not fence (including those with byes), are not counted in this total.

1-16 entries = 8 qualify

17-19 entries = 9 qualify

20-22 entries = 10 qualify

23-25 entries = 11 qualify

26-28 entries = 12 qualify

29-31 entries = 13 qualify

32+ entries = 14 qualify


Top 8 – All fencers who finished in the top 8 of the 2022 BYC finals are eligible to claim a bye to the 2023 Finals. Fencers must be listed on Regional Qualifiers list sent to BF but are not included within the qualification formula above.

List of all those fencers who finished in the Top 8 of their events in 2022 can be found here.

Those who have moved up an age group from the 2022 event are granted a bye into their new age group. Fencers who have a 2022 Top 8 bye are not required to complete a bye request form

Exceptional Circumstances – Fencers who are unable to attend their RQE due to exceptional circumstances are able to apply for a bye, via the bye request form

Where fencers have been selected for a GBR (U17 or U20) international on the weekend of their RQE, fencers are able to apply for a bye, via the bye request form

Fencers who have a bye (either through the Top 8 of 2022 or Exceptional Circumstances/GBR Selection) are required to enter their Regional Qualifying Event. 

Kit Specifications: Kit specifications for the RQEs and BYCs can be found here

Please note that the FIE rules m.25.7.f  regarding masks with 2 rear safety systems are NOT Required for this event.

Fair Play: The BF Fair Play Code for Youth Events is applicable. See here for more information.

Rule Changes: The new passivity rule introduced on the 1st January 2023 by the FIE will be implemented at the event. Organisers of the RQE (Regional Qualifying Events)  are expected to implement the new passivity rules.

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

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

Accreditation: Accreditation will be in place for access to the Field of Play (FoP) at the event. There will be no access to the Field of Play without a Coach/Parent/Carer Accreditation.

Accreditation Application Opening Date: Tuesday 28th February 2023 

The deadline for accreditation applications is Tuesday 25th April 2023 at 5pm



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