Competitions & BUCS

Fencing at Bath is very flexible. Running inclusive training sessions, and with great socials on top of that, we're a great club for social fencing. We do, however, also have our competitive side.  Whatever level of fencer you are, here at Bath we can provide an avenue to test skills newly learned, or long developed, in a competitive environment.

  • For advanced and intermediate fencers we have two men's teams and one women's team who compete nationally against other University fencing teams in BUCS leagues, as well as representing the University individually at the annual BUCS individual championships.
  • We very much enjoy running beginners only competitions every year. These are always fantastic events held in great spirit which showcase how quickly you can learn to fence here at Bath, even if you had never heard of fencing before University. There is also the Novice category of the BUCS South West Region competition which is an excellent opportunity for beginner fencers.

We are also a club with a dizzying array of internationally acclaimed fencers, past and present. Several of our members travel to indivdual competitions throughout the year so don't be afraid to ask and tag along!

BUCS Team Trials/Pre-Season Training 

For those who have fenced before and are interested in being part of the BUCS teams, we have pre-season training to gauge both numbers and abilities, as well as to get competition-ready at the start of each academic year.

Pre-Season: 29th of September (17:00-22:00), 30th of September (12:00-17:00), and 1st of October (12:30-17:00)

BUCS Trials: TBC

If you can't make pre-season training, but wish to be considered for BUCS team places, please get in touch!

Men's team BUCS matches are every Wednesday afternoon during semester 1.

Women's team BUCS matches will be fenced in big weekend tourneys throughout semester 1. Dates are TBC.

There is a £75 BUCS fee that covers all transport costs to BUCS matches for the year.

BUCS National Championships (BUCS Indies)

This is a 3 day individual competition held in Sheffield in mid-February. It's the biggest fencing competition in the country with most categories getting ~128 entries, and is open to any student at a UK university regardless of nationality. The university can enter 5 people per weapon per gender so most club members should be able to enter. If the uni has any spare entry slots you are allowed to enter more than one weapon. Transport, entry fee, and accomadation have cost ~£100 in previous years.