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Fencing is fast paced, tactical sport that requires skills, precision and accuracy. It’s both an individual and team sport so can enjoy the best of both worlds. With many competitions throughout the year you will have the chance to apply the skills you have learnt by fighting other universities.

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Club information

Fencing is a unique sport that focuses on three weapons, Sabre, Epee and Foil.

At NTU Fencing you will have the chance to explore all weapons with support from other students and international level coaches. Plus, all kit is provided. We are a close knit club that trains twice a week.

This year we have also introduced a third, women’s only, session to allow our female fencers to become more comfortable and get to know our amazing women’s team who went unbeaten in all their matches last year.

As for the boys, we have a fantastic boys team who won their league last year. We will be adding a second boys team this year, meaning there will be more opportunities for newbies to fence competitively.

We enjoy a range of socials ranging from meals out to dressing up for Ocean.


Chris Forbes: Foil Coach. Chris is a highly skilled foil coach who won the team bronze medal for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.

Ev Van Gemeren: Sabre/ Epee coach. Ev has fenced for England over 5 times, winning gold each time.

Jenna Griffiths: foil coach. Jenna is president of East Midlands fencing and will be coaching the girls team this year.

British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS)

Fencing had an astounding year last year.

The women went unbeaten all season getting them both promotion and a gold medal in the cup.

The men had a similar season. After a tough few matches they also got promoted and got a silver medal in the cup.
We entered five fencers to the BUCS nationals (an independent competition), 3 of which came in the top 32. Including Danny, our team Epee Commonwealth Wealth gold medalist, who came 2nd.

Our beginners also won the first annual Lincoln Cup against rivals, University of Nottingham. This was a great chance for the new fencers to prove their abilities while also fencing others in a fun yet tough competition environment.

Practice / meeting schedule

All training takes place on Clifton Campus.

All abilities training sessions are as follows:
Tuesday 8-10pm and Friday 7:30-9:30

On Tuesday and Friday sessions, we offer a minibus service that takes City based students both to and from Clifton. This costs £5 per term

Women’s only training session:
Thursday 9-10:30pm

Taster sessions

Welcome Week Sessions:

Thursday 4:30pm-6pm City Sports Hall, SU
Friday 7:30pm-9:30pm Sports Hall 2, Lee Westwood, Clifton

Week Commencing 30th September:

Monday (girls only) 7:30pm-9:30pm Sports Hall 2, Lee Westwood, Clifton
Tuesday 8pm-10pm Sports Hall 2, Lee Westwood, Clifton
Friday 7:30pm-9:30pm Sports Hall 2, Lee Westwood, Clifton

How to join

Joining is easy, just pay the subs and turn up to a training session. We do offer one free session so you can test it out.

The total cost is £85. This covers all competition fees, transport costs (exc. minibus to and from training), building hire, insurance, coaching fees and equipment. Please contact NTU sport directly if you would like to join but will struggle to pay this money.

Or, contact our president, Indigo Johnson. She will be happy to answer any questions you have and give you all the information you need.

Sports kit information

As stated above, all kit is supplied through the club.

There is no official NTU Fencing kit, apart from the navy socks. This means you can wear fencing kit you already own, or you can buy your own from an approved supplied such as Leon Paul, All Star or Price Fighters.


Main club email:

President- Indigo Johnson
Secretary- Chloe Skeavington
Social sec- Francis Brown
Armourer- Kieran Olney
Women’s Captain- Sarah Spice
Men’s 1st team Captain- Josh Helm-Cowley 

Social Media:
Facebook (for updates on training, tasters, and all events)- NTU Fencing Club
Instagram (competition results) - ntufencing
Twitter- fencingntu

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418