12/03/2024- Under 14


A new BF competition and ranking structure for U14 members is being launched to support age appropriate pathway development and encourage fun and learning, with a new U14 ranking competition scheduled for 13-14 July 2024.

[Last updated: 18/03/24]

U14s make up around a quarter of our members, and participation in U14 competitions – both domestic and international – is increasing.

The European Fencing Confederation recently launched its own U14 competition and ranking structure, reflecting the growing participation and desire to support fencing in the younger age category across Europe.

In building an U14 competition and ranking structure we recognise the roles for British Fencing, the Home Nations associations, regions and clubs in supporting age-appropriate development and learning alongside nurturing love for the sport, and most importantly creating fun experiences for young people to engage in fencing.  


In delivering the BF U14 competition and ranking structure, BF’s objectives include:

  • Promoting the fun of competing in youth competitions in a safe environment.
  • Providing localised competition experiences.
  • Preparing fencers to transition to the U17 age group better.
  • Encouraging positive behaviours and the development of resilience at an early age.
  • Championing fair and inclusive competition experiences.
  • Supporting existing youth competitions already delivers an excellent event for these age groups.
  • Standardising best practices for competition organisers and, coaches and supporters.


U14 Ranking 

The ranking scheme shall be based on the existing structure for the Cadets (U17) and Juniors (U20). Current information on these ranking schemes can be found here: Ranking schemes.

Detailed information on the U14 scheme will follow with the usual consultation opportunities.


Upcoming Competitions

The first three events that will be nominated for BF U14 ranking points are:

  • The BYCs U14s held in Sheffield from the 4th – 6th of May, 2024
  • The New British Under 14 Open Championships, held in Sheffield on the 13th & 14th July, 2024
  • An ‘A’ event to be held 14th & 15th September 2024* in Nottingham (details TBC)

Further details will follow over the coming weeks, with more more advice and guidance for competition organisers.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding this news post.

Added 14/03 – EFC U14s – Please note that there is no intended change to the BF entry process for EFC U14s. There is a direct open application process for entry and some Home Nations have additional separate ranking/selection processes to allow athletes to attend in representational squads.

*Date updated 18/03/2024



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