Fencing returns to Nationals for 2024, in a brand new venue!

Event guide 

Dates and Venue


23-25th February 2024


Canon Medical Arena, Sheffield


Canon Medical Arena, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, Worksop Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S9 3TL

Accepted Entries

All accepted entries will be outlined on the website once agreed.


All students will be required to show student ID when registering. Students will also be required to show their fencing licence at registration. This will involve signing in to their Sport:80 (bf.sport80.com) profile and showing their membership details to the check-in desk to demonstrate proof of a British Fencing ‘Compete’ membership.





Men’s Epee – Registration open at 9:30am - close at 10am

Women’s Sabre – Registration open at 11am - close at 11:30am



Women’s Foil – Registration open at 8:30am - close at 9am

Men's Sabre - Registration open at 10am - close at 10:30am



Men’s Foil – Registration open at 8:30am - close at 9am

Women’s Epee – Registration open at 9:30am close at 10am





The draw for each discipline will take place on the day once registration has closed.


Fencers may only compete in the BUCS Championships if they are in possession of a current British Fencing ‘Compete’ licence.  British Fencing ‘Recreational’ Licenses and FIE Licences will not be accepted. You must produce proof of your license (Full license) when registering for the championships. British Fencing Licenses are available from www.britishfencing.com  

Fencers will not be able to obtain a new British Fencing Licence on the day. They MUST be purchased before entering. 


There will be a formal presentation ceremony at the end of each day. While the time of this cannot be guaranteed, it is anticipated that presentations will take place between 17:30 and 18:30 each day.


Competitors must be properly equipped for their events and competitors' clothing MUST conform to British Fencing rules and ‘’Guidelines on Safety in Fencing’’. BUCS cannot be held responsible for accident, loss or damage to persons or property, however caused.

Food and Drink

There is an onsite café that can be used for purchasing food and drink. The cafe will be open at the following times: 

Friday 9.00 - 18.30

Saturday & Sunday 8.00am - 18.30

There is also a range of local shops/restaurants near to the Canon Medical Arena.

BUCS Points

BUCS Points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third placed competitors in each discipline. The points will be applied as follows: 1st = 12 points, 2nd = 8 points, 3rd = 5 points (both losing semi-finalists will receive points – no third place play off will take place).

The full list of BUCS Points can be found on Appendix 1

Rules and Regulations

The BUCS Fencing Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the rules of British Fencing. Further event specific requirements, rules, and regulations will be contained within the entry and pre-event information for each Championship.

The full BUCS Fencing rules and regulations can be found here


It is the responsibility of competitors to organise accommodation for themselves. No accommodation will be provided by BUCS.


There will be free parking available at the Canon Medical Arena. This will be available on a limited basis. Please ensure you enter your registration at the reception desk when you enter the arena, otherwise you may get a ticket. 


BUCS are delighted to announce three supporting partners for Nationals 2024; 

  • New Balance – shop the look and grab your Nationals merchandise online here or at the event 
  • AmeriCamp – offering the opportunity to coach your sport at summer camp in the USA for $2000 
  • Milk Every Moment – campaign showcasing the nutritional value of milk for sport students 

As BUCS’ kit provider, New Balance are giving you as BUCS athletes the chance to access a range of bespoke and personalised Nationals 2024 kit. To purchase this new range, please head to the online shop here or to the merchandise stands based at EIS, Ponds Forge and the Canon Medical Arena during the event.  

AmeriCamp are offering BUCS athletes the summer of a lifetime, providing you with the opportunity to earn a minimum of $2000 working at a summer camp in the USA, using the skills and experiences gained from your sporting background. For the exclusive offer of £50 off your program fees, use the code BUCS50 when securing your place, as well as a placement guarantee as a BUCS athlete. To find out more, please head to the AmeriCamp stands at EIS and Ponds Forge, or head to americamp.co.uk/bucs

Milk Every Moment is a new campaign showcasing milk, the timeless classic in your fridge, it is more than just a beverage, it's a nutritional powerhouse. Loaded with essential nutrients, it's a top-notch source of high-quality protein, all you need to build and repair muscles after a workout. Whether you're gearing up for BUCS Nationals or looking to recover post event, that a look at the website for more information and useful recipes.  

All partners are excited to be here supporting you as you take on a thrilling weekend of sport and competition. You can find them located across EIS, the Canon Medical Arena and Ponds Forge, as shown below, where they'll be offering the opportunity to win some exclusive giveaways and to find out more about what they have to offer.  


Friday 23rd February 2024 




Canon Medical Arena 

New Balance 

10:00 – 17:00 


09:30– 17:00 


10:00 – 17:00 

10:00 – 18:00 



10:00 – 19:00 



Saturday 24th February 2024 

New Balance 

10:00 – 17:00 

09:00 – 18:00 



10:00 – 17:00 

09:00 – 18:00  



09:00 – 17:00 



Sunday 25th February 2024 

New Balance 

10:00 – 17:00 

09:00 – 17:00 



10:00 – 17:00 

09:00 – 17:00 



09:00 – 17:00 




You can also find further information about our partners on the official event webpage. 


The sustainability of our event matters to us and we are taking steps to manage our environmental impact. BUCS encourages competitors to:

  • Bring your own bottles & coffee cups for drinks throughout the event
  • Take public transport, or car share to the event if you can
  • Use the start lists published online
  • Use the QR codes around the venue to find sport specific information & results

Media and Photography

If you're interested in gaining media accreditation for this year's BUCS Nationals in Sheffield on 23-25th  February, please click here to register.

BUCS reserves the right to prohibit photography equipment being used at a BUCS event. BUCS reserves the right to request that the individual ceases to take photographs, deletes any images and, if considered necessary, leaves the venue.


All questions should be communicated by an institution’s athletic union or students’ union staff member to:

Harry Spinks
BUCS Event Coordinator

Milk Every Moment

Get ready for the event!

To prepare you for the upcoming event, we wanted to share how milk can aid your sporting performance and training.

Take a look at www.milkeverymoment.co.uk for recipes and nutritional information.