27/10/2018- Latest News

The GB Cup Returns for the second year


British Fencing and England Fencing are delighted to announce The GB Cup will be returning for its second year in 2019!

The inaugural GB Cup in June 2018 was a great success, with all 10 English Regions and Wales sending 121 fencers to the finals event held in Nottingham. Feedback from the finals event included;

“The atmosphere created by both organisers and fencers was great, it was about fencing as much as you can, enjoyment and learning. As well as making new friends for a lot of us”

“It was a big incentive for intermediate fencers to have this new tournament celebrating this level of ability and also offering an opportunity to meet people from across the country we might otherwise not have encountered. The idea of representing a region rather than just a club also added flavour to it!”

Watch this short video to see a roundup of last year’s event.


What is the GB Cup?

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 a new annual National tournament.

British Fencing and England Fencing 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.


How do I enter and qualify for the final event?

The GB Cup will again 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.

We will update this page with all qualifiers once they are confirmed. Please contact your Region or Home Nation for further information on individual qualifiers.

Regional and Home Nation Qualifiers can be found here. 


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. The eligibility criteria are as follows;

  1. Be aged 16 or over on 1 January 2019.
  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 2019.
  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 won a Senior Open event
  5. Fencers may only enter the Regional event in the Region they have specified on their British Fencing Membership.
  6. Fencers may only fence in one qualifying event per season.
  7. Fencers may only enter the GB Cup in one weapon.
  8. Fencers must be UK residents

Watch this short video on the eligibility criteria. 


Tell me more about the finals event…

The final event is being held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 at David Ross Sports Village, The University of Nottingham. The format of the event will allow for maximum fencing, the 2018 finals saw 3 rounds of poules followed by a L4 DE. A similar format will run for the 2019 but slight changes will be made based on the feedback from the fencers.


Is there any further information?

Please click here to find further information on The GB Cup 2019 including Event Information, eligibility criteria, and nominated qualifiers so far.

If you have any questions, please contact Chloe Hobden or Josef Thomas


British Fencing CEO, Georgina Usher, said

The GB Cup is an exciting initiative for Regional fencing. This is the only competition that we are running solely for intermediate adult fencers and we hope that it will inspire greater participation at Regional level by providing an opportunity to qualify and compete in a national tournament”.

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