09/07/2024- Para-Fencing


On 31st August and 1st September 2024, British Fencing will run its fifth Athlete Development experience camp for wheelchair fencers, as part of the Athlete Development Programme (ADP).

The two-day camp will be run at the David Ross Sports Village, part of the University of Nottingham. It will build upon the work of previous camps, as well as serve as a training opportunity for those preparing for upcoming World Cup events following the Paris Paralympic Games.

Image credit: Nathaniel Lewis

Is this camp for me?

As with previous ADP wheelchair camps, there are no specific selection criteria for participants; you do not need to have attended any previous camps in order to come to this one, nor do you need to have any form of classification. We ask that you come prepared to work hard over the course of the camp and use it as an opportunity to meet and learn from other wheelchair fencers. The experience will cater to all weapons, and fencers will be supported to explore disciplines other than their primary weapon should they choose.

While this camp will have an element of preparation for high level competition, the skills we explore will be applicable to all fencers, regardless of their level of experience,  and will benefit them at training or in competition.

What happens on an ADP camp?

Fencers will have the opportunity to take part in sparring sessions as well as dedicated tactical workshops exploring elements of their competitive game. This camp will focus on tactical choices during matches, including when, how, and why to change tactics, as well as planning for hits and fights.

We will continue to support fencers in creating their own warm up routines for training and competition, incorporating ideas from the World Class Programme to ensure fencers are self sufficient and resilient in their preparation for fencing, regardless of their level of experience.

The camp will be staffed by British Fencing ADP coaches who have experience working with wheelchair fencers in their own clubs, as well as in competitions and as part of the World Class Programme. We will also have athlete mentor Shah Rashid on hand to share his expertise and experience.

Two people in fencing attire with swords in hand, both in wheelchairs, facing off against each other in a dynamic bout.

Where will the camp be held?

The event will be held at the David Ross Sports Village, part of Nottingham University (Map HERE).

Main access to the sports complex is here (https://w3w.co/seat.giant.woof); this will be used as the main entrance and exit each day. Accessible parking can be found here (https://w3w.co/nets.cycles.loyal), on the left past the main entrance.


Saturday: 1000 arrival for 1030 start.

Sunday: 0900 arrival for 0930 start.

Training will finish each evening by 17:30 unless otherwise stated.

What should I bring?


There is a café on site selling hot food and drink during the daytime, but fencers are welcome to bring their own food if they wish. We recommend that all fencers bring snacks for breaks in training.


If you have any questions or support needs regarding the below, please get in touch. We will be able to source kit and chairs if required, but please let us know in advance as soon as possible. In particular, if you have your own fencing chair, you should bring this along so you can train with the most familiar equipment and allow loaner chairs to be distributed to those who need them the most.

  • Full electric fencing kit including breeches, socks, spare weapons and wires for all weapons you expect to fence.
  • Your training diary.
  • Your own fencing chair (please let us know if you don’t have one so we can arrange a loaner).
  • Sports kit for non-fencing activity. T-shirts, shorts, comfortable indoor trainers, etc.
  • Any kit you would usually use for warm ups, including resistance bands.
  • Named water bottle.
  • Any essential medication.
  • Clothes and toiletries.


Accommodation is available in the university halls for Saturday night only, with a limited number of accessible rooms. Booking for these rooms will be included with the event invite on Sport80, and will be done on a first come, first serve basis.

There are also options in nearby hotels including;

The Orchard


Travelodge Wollaton Park


Premier Inn Nottingham Castle Marina


These hotels have handrails, lowered beds and facilities, and in some cases wet rooms rather than baths. If you have queries about the exact provision we suggest that you contact the hotels directly to discuss your needs.

How do I sign up?

Invitations will be sent out shortly using Sport:80; please make sure that your communication preferences are updated to receive messages from British Fencing. If you have yet to receive an invite and would like to attend please use the questions/concerns form below.

If you have any questions or concerns about the camp, including suitability, accommodation, or camp content, please click here.

To learn more about British Fencing’s ADP project as a whole, please click here.


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