2024 GB CUP

Last Updated: 27.03.2024

The 2024 GB Cup will be held on the 13-14th July 2024 at EIS Sheffield, Coleridge Road, Sheffield, S9 5DA.

Find out more about the competition venue and accessibility information

The GB Cup is an event for beginner and intermediate adult (16+) fencers.

The event aims to stimulate additional adult beginner and intermediate participation in the Regions and Home Nations by providing a mechanism to qualify and compete in an annual National tournament.

BF recognise there are numerous events across Great Britain that cater for this target audience and would like to support these competitions by providing a National Final to encourage additional opportunities for beginner and intermediate adult fencers, wanting to compete.

Whilst technically fencers can compete in both GB Cup and British Open  Championships  (if the schedule allows) they are different competition experiences aimed at a different level of fencing. The intention is for the GB Cup to provide a friendly national competition experience for fencers that are not at Senior National Championship level.

Is this competition for me?

The GB Cup is for adult fencers in the lower rankings, those not on the ranking lists, fencers who have recently started the sport and those fencers that have fenced for a number of years but do not currently enter national competitions but want to start and continue competing locally.


Saturday 13th July 2024  Check In Opening Times  Sunday 14th July 2024  Check In Opening Times 
Women’s Foil 08:00-08:45 Women’s Epee 08:00-08:45
Men’s Epee 08:00-08:45 Men’s Foil 08:00-08:45
Women’s Sabre 08:00-08:45 Men’s Sabre 08:00-08:45

Competitions will begin around 15 minutes after the close of check in.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be aged 16 or over on 1 January 2024.
  2. Be ranked outside of the top 50 of National Senior rankings in their weapon for Women’s Foil, Epee, Sabre and Men’s Sabre and top 80 for Men’s Foil and Epee as at 1 January 2024.
  3. Have never been selected by BF, Home Nation or other National equivalents to represent their Nation at any level (including GB, Home Nations or other National equivalents).
  4. Have never medalled at a Senior Open event.
  5. Have a valid BF Membership (Recreational level or higher).
  6. Fencers may only enter the Regional event in the Region they have specified on their British Fencing Membership.
  7. Fencers may only fence in one qualifying event per season.
  8. Fencers must be UK residents.

Qualification and Entry Process

The GB Cup will run with fencers qualifying through a Regional or Home Nation event for a National final. Regions across England and the Home Nations will nominate a competition as their qualifier, based on placings in these events, along with the eligibility criteria, they will select the two highest placed fencers in each weapon to represent their Region at the National Finals.

Entry Fee Support Scheme: 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. These will be offered based on financial need, not on ability.  This scheme will cover 100% of the entry fee cost.


Applications must be completed per athlete. For multiple athletes from one household, please complete separate application forms.

Applications close Wednesday 12th June 2024 at 5pm. 

All applicants will be told the outcome of their application by close of play on Friday 14th June.

Applicants will then be contacted by the BF Events Team with further information on how to enter the event.

Media, Streaming and Photography

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

Photography Policy:  Photography and video using smartphones for personal use only (including coaching and social media) is permitted.

Please be mindful of the age of participants, and read our photography safeguarding policy: https://www.britishfencing.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/8_photography_policy.pdf

‘Live streaming’ or broadcasting video in any way, from any device including smartphones, is not permitted.

Anyone wanting to take photographs using any kind of professional or semi-pro camera equipment must apply for media accreditation in advance of the event – accreditation will not be available during competition. This means any kind of camera with a detachable lens, and/or using any kind of tripod or monopod. Media accreditation is for still photography only – no pro or semi-pro video equipment is permitted. Please email: [email protected]

British Fencing reserves the right to refuse or withdraw photographic accreditation at any time without giving a reason.

NOTE: Any person taking photographs of any kind with any device must follow any instructions given by the BF media representatives, the Event Director, and / or the referees. 


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 an accreditation.

Why is there an accreditation system in place?

There are several reasons why an accreditation system has been introduced at BF events. Field of Play (FoP) accreditation was in part introduced to control and improve the quality of the immediate environment around the fencer when they compete. Over the years an increasing number of parents, coaches etc have wished to support fencers by occupying spaces closer and closer to the piste which causes safety issues and makes refereeing more difficult.

Importantly fencers tell us that they do not like this overcrowding and it makes it harder to concentrate.

Accreditation is also an important part of us managing the experience for young people and helps us uphold the Fair Play Code which we expect everyone to follow for the event.  (You can find an article on coaching and supporting fencers at U14 events here, and the role of a parent during a match here.)

Do I need FoP accreditation if I am just coming to the event?

No. There is spectator seating and standing room in both halls with space to view all pistes. Spectators are able to view the actions from behind the FoP barriers, which will be only a few meters behind the end of the piste.



Accreditation Application Deadline: 9th July 2024 at 5pm BST

General Information

Equipment:  As per BF Safety Rules and Domestic Competition Equipment Requirements

Rule Changes: The new passivity rule introduced on the 1st January 2023 by the FIE will be implemented at 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 BF’s 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.

Prayer Room: There will be a prayer room available at the venue. Please ask at reception or speak to a member of the team and they will direct you.

Disabilities: BF recognises that many disabilities are hidden and participants in competitions may need additional support throughout the event. Any disability information that you provide in your membership profile (provided that you have given permission to share) will be passed to the organising team and a member of the event welfare team will get in touch to discuss how we can help. Alternatively you can contact us in advance either by emailing the events team directly [email protected], or the BF safeguarding lead ([email protected]). Finally, you can ask speak to a member of the onsite team at check-in. Please note the earlier you raise any additional support needs the better able we are to make reasonable accommodations.

Event Contact: If you have any questions relating to this event, please contact [email protected]


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