This page is intended for athletes and coaches attending the Senior Individual European Championships 2023. Please check back to this page regularly for information updates.
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Important Information – The EFC announced this competition on 31st May. This means that there is not the time for BF to organise logistics for the event as would be usual for the European Championships. We ask for your patience and understanding.
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The Senior Individual European Championships will be taking place from 16th-18th June 2023, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Chef-de-Mission – Pat Aiyenuro
Team Manager – Non travelling
GBR Coach – Sabre – Jon Salfield
GBR Coach – Epee – Ian Lichfield
GBR Coach – Foil – Richard Kruse
Physiotherapist – TBC
6, ul. “Lev Tolstoy” str,
4017 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
BF has booked 3 nights, twin rooms based on
Group 1. 8 athletes – 14, 15, 16 June
Group 2. 8 athletes – 15, 16, 17 June
Group 3. 8 athletes – 16, 17, 18 June
Refundable bookings have been made, but payment is due to secure the accommodation. Athletes will be given the opportunity to opt-out of the official accommodation if they wish provided this does not result in increased cost for their team-mates, they will be required to confirm to us in writing they are doing this or they will be charged.
(updated 1/6/2023 15.15) Schedule available here.
(updated 1/6/2023 15.15) All entry points are two nights before the competition (which is a one day event). This leaves a day for weapon control, accreditation.
Foil Women Arrive 14 June Hotel Check Out 17 June
Epee Men Arrive 14 June Hotel Check Out 17 June
Epee Women Arrive 15 June Hotel Check Out 18 June
Sabre Men Arrive 15 June Hotel Check Out 18 June
Foil Men Arrive 16 June Hotel Check Out 19 June
Sabre Women Arrive 16 June Hotel Check Out 19 June
Please note it will not be possible to change entry and exit times due to hotel availability. No refunds are available if you wish to leave before the official exit or arrive late.
If you wish to book extra night’s accommodation you will have to make independent bookings. However, please inform BF of extra nights in your travel plans so we are aware of when athletes are arriving and leaving the country.
Hotel Costs: 3 nights at £58 per person per room per night based on a twin room.
Individual Entry Fees: £120
Athlete Contribution: £15
Staff Costs: Expected to be covered by BF and the Epee Club, see below.
We are very grateful to our funding bodies and charity patrons for the financial support given which reduces the costs for the athletes.
Funding has been sourced through UK Sport National Teams budget, the Epee Club, and a private patron through the BF Charity.
This currently covers
BF is looking into provision of physio services, and whether there is funding from any sources to cover it.
This leaves athletes with the costs of travel, accommodation, individual entry fees and any personal coach costs, should they wish to bring a personal coach (subject to authorisation and accreditation).
|Action – Check
|Tell BF if you are or are not attending
|Via Smartsheet sent
|Check your passport valid for travel
|More info below
|Check with your personal coach that they have applied for accreditation
|More info below
|Investigate flights and extended accommodation options, book where applicable
|More info below
|Sign-up for the weekly BF news summary
|Sign up here
|Order tracksuit (if you don’t already have one)
|Contact Ian for
|Complete the travel and medical form.
|travel and medical form
|Attend required safeguarding training
|More info below
|Put required TUEs in place
|More info below
|Ensure kit has correct right patches/logos
|More info below
|Organise local currency, as cash is used for food at the venue and taxi’s to travel to and from the venue
|Cash machine near the hotel
Once the schedule is confirmed you will receive an email from Sport:80. If you have not received an email by 3rd June 2023 please contact: [email protected]
To accept your selection please follow the link in the email to log into the Sport 80 platform, click on the event and follow the entry process to pay the amount shown and by the deadline indicated. By accepting the selection and paying the costs you are agreeing to abide by all BF Policies and Procedures.
Individual Athlete Development Plans (IADP)
The costs of attending major events are subsidised by funding from Sport England and UK Sport. This funding carries with it an expectation that athletes are demonstrably committed to their development as a performance athlete. This is achieved through an actively managed Individual Athlete Development Plan, which is now a requirement for any athlete representing GBR at an major event and an entry level requirement for any named athlete funding (this is funding that BF can apply for on behalf of athletes once they individually meet performance standards)
Given the unexpected and tight timescales BF will not be expecting updated IADPs to be submitted before the Championships, but will be expecting all selected athletes to be having conversations with their personal coaches asap to discuss the impact of this competition on their goals and training/competitions plans as reflected in their IADPs. (Updated plans should be submitted as part of the World Championships schedule).
Visa Requirements – None (as of 20.07.2022)
Latest Foreign Office Travel Advice – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria
Sign up to Travel Alerts here – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria/email-signup
All athletes and staff are required to complete the athlete/staff travel and medical form.
Personal Coaches – given the timescales, BF will only consider where the athlete has requested a personal coach via the Advance Information smartsheet. To complete an application for accreditation as a Personal Coach please complete this form here by 10am 7th June.
ALL coaches must abide by the relevant BF policies. This includes the http://britishfencing.com/uploads/files/coaches_code_of_conduct.pdf. and the GBR Coaches Policy.
Accreditations will be awarded based on
Authorised Personal Coaches & Development Coaches
There will be testing at the event.
Athletes: Athletes are solely responsible for any banned substance they use, attempt to use, or that is found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat. Athletes must:
Coaches: As announced in September 2019, any coach wishing to accompany a GBR athlete to an FIE event, whether as a personal coach or as a squad coach must have undergone the online anti-doping training course Coach Clean within the last two years.
Parents: Parents are expected to support our efforts to keep our sport clean. We strongly advise that parents involved in supporting athletes at events undergo the Coach Clean course. All other parents are expected to support efforts to keep sport clean and read the WADA Parents Guide.
More information here
As announced in October 2022, all athletes and those that accompanying them are required to undertake safeguarding training. To access the training click here. Any questions regarding the training please email [email protected] asap for more information.
By accepting selection to represent GBR at any European and World Championships you have already agreed to the British Fencing Codes of Conduct. Please act responsibly and sensibly and understand that we are one collective team and respect and support for your fellow team members is expected and reasonable. In addition every member of the squad is being supported by public funding and is expected to behave in a way that recognises the responsibilities that this brings. Funding to compete (whether from public or private sources) is not an entitlement and we owe it to everyone that contributes to our participation to act as professionals and role models for our sport.
Any breach of BF Code of Conduct may result in fines equivalent to a share of the subsidised costs.
For this trip, athletes will be responsible for booking their flights to and from the event, ensuring that sufficient time is given to arriving at the meeting points. BF will not be responsible for booking or changing any athletes flights for these championships.
We have produced an list of flights available from the UK over the dates specified here.
Athletes and Coaches will be responsible for their transfers from the airport to hotel including their return to the UK. We expect that the organisers will put on transfers from Sofia however there will be an associated cost.
Other Travel Instructions
23kg will be enough for your fencing bag, providing you pack your fencing kit in your carry on case. Check the airline that you are travelling with for baggage weight and size restrictions.
Do’s and Don’ts:
It is your responsibility to ensure your kit has the correct logos/patches and your equipment meets FIE standards.
The latest equipment rules can be found here.
As part of the terms of the Leon Paul sponsorship arrangement, all athletes competing are required to wear a Leon Paul logo. This should appear on the back arm. For foilists and epeeists the logo patch should be sewn onto the back arm ideally above the GBR logo.
In sabre the logo may be attached at the top of the thigh of the non-sword side of the fencing breeches and clearly separated from the national logo. Or it may be placed on the back of the lame – sabreurs can either have their lames printed directly by Leon Paul. This can be done at any event where Leon Paul have a printing service or at the Leon Paul shop. Alternatively, you can contact [email protected] and they will send you patches to sew onto your lame jacket (you will need to specify the type of lame – eg lightweight).
In Foil and Epee – Please note that NO logos of any description, other than the GBR national logo, should be on the breeches.
The FIE rules require all athletes to wear the same National Tracksuit for European Championships. This is the new Kukri Championship Athlete tracksuit with ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ on the back.
All athletes attending their first championship should receive a voucher which covers a tracksuit top, bottom and t-shirt. Please note that the full tracksuit must be worn for podium/medal presentations. For all other activities, including supporting at the venue, the tracksuit top will suffice. (Please note, athletes are not permitted to source and produce their own GBR clothing)
CLARIFICATION 1/6 – Athletes selected that do not already have Kukri Championship Tracksuit should email [email protected] (and cc [email protected]) requesting the code and instructions on how to purchase Kukri clothing.
Staff and coaches can purchase the Kukri GBR tracksuit (with the GBR logo on the back).
All accredited coaches must wear the Kukri GBR tracksuit if they wish to be supporting in the Field of Play at the event. This includes wearing tracksuit trousers – we are increasingly seeing EFC/FIE not permitting coaches to wear shorts inside the field of play.
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