21/01/2022- University Fencing


In response to demand for coaching courses in the University space, BF is trialling running two courses running in parallel this year, providing training to candidates interested in the Voluntary Role of University Fencing Officer (UFO), tailored to the attendee’s prior fencing experience.



Training for the Voluntary Role as University Fencing Officer (UFO) provides UFOs with the knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively develop fencing or swordplay sessions as an introduction to fencing at the host university. For further information about UFOs please click here.

The course develops the UFO’s ability to provide appealing opportunities for students; engaging and attracting them to fencing and/or other fencing based participation programmes (Sabre:Lite).

UFO’s will have the choice of two courses, Core Coach, or Introduction to Coaching Fencing, depending on their fencing experience.

All candidates that attend either course will be known as University Fencing Officers (UFOs) and become part of a wider community of coaches.

Both courses will be introduced to the Sabre: Lite module.

BF Level 2 qualified coaches working in university clubs will be offered these courses free as part of their CPD.


Dates and location

DATES: Both courses outlined below will run on 12th & 13th March, 2022.

TIMES: Saturday: Arrive at 9:30. Start at 10:00hrs to 18:00hrs, Sunday 10:00hrs to 16::00hrs

LOCATION: Manchester Fencing Centre, Waddington St, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 6QH


The courses – (select the course relevant to your fencing experience):

Core Coach


Free, subsidised by British Fencing. For fencers and non-fencers that have less than or no experience in fencing.


Being able to deliver with confidence an inclusive, positive first experience of swordplay for participants that have never picked up a sword. Provided with a Core Coach booklet with a session guide to help deliver a set of designed sessions.

Introduction to Coaching Fencing:


(Reduced from £160) £10 for the online component and £25 for the face to face assessment. For competent fencers that have more than one year of fencing experience.


Fencers can learn how to positively deliver first experiences for fencing in taster sessions and beginners’ courses. Qualified candidates will be able to competently deliver fencing and appear on the BF register of coaches.



  • 18 years of age.
  • Current student at a University in the UK.
  • Experience in fencing/swordplay would be an advantage but is not essential.



  • Pizza (Saturday) and Lunch (Sunday) provided.
  • To make the course as accessible as possible, accommodation can be provided for travel outside of London.


CLOSING DATE: 4th March 2022

To receive a booking form or for more information, please submit an expression of interest by completing the form below:



Data collected through this form will be held under the British Fencing Privacy Policy that can be found here: https://www.britishfencing.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/privacy_policy-01.06.19.pdf and will not be shared with any other organisation. For help with this form or for any questions about the UFO Development weekend, please contact Ian Lichfield via [email protected]


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