Last Updated: 20.11.23
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.
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.
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. The eligibility criteria are as follows;
Dates: 13th and 14th July 2024
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.
The application process will be announced in early 2024.
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.
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.
Information on the Entry Fee Support Scheme for 2024 events will be released in January 2024.
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.
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.
Prayer Room: There will be a prayer room available at the venue for all three days. 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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