It's okay to not be okay

It’s okay to not be okay. You’re allowed to change your mind, to take a break or leave a situation you don’t feel comfortable in. There’s no need to blame yourself for any of those things just like there’s no need to feel bad about… feeling bad. We should all be allowed to fall apart sometimes so that we can find ourselves all over again.”

One in four people will experience a problem with their mental health every year, but it is not something people find easy to talk about.

2020 Youth Five Nations - squad invite

Scottish Fencing is starting to plan for the Youth Five Nations which are in Manchester on the weekend of the 27 and 28 June.

We have sent invites to all Scottish fencers who are currently on the British Fencing junior and cadet rankings. Our plan is to build a squad with the final team being selected from this group. If you are on the junior and cadet rankings and not got an invite, please get in touch to let us know if you are available and interested in selection. Email -  by 12 March

POSTPONEMENTS - Challenge Wratislavia 2020 & Scottish Youth Championsips 2020

Scottish Fencing are disappointed to hear of the postponement of Challenge Wratislavia 2020. We do of course empathise with the organisers decision to accept the risk of spreading COVID-19 is beyond the acceptable level and we will stay engaged with the organisers should the event have an alternative date presented for later in 2020.

2020 Youth Five Nations - coaching staff

Scottish Fencing is delighted to announce that we are taking a squad of junior fencers to the Youth Five Nations in Manchester on the 27 and 28 June 2020. We are now looking to recruit three volunteer weapon coaches to support the Scottish Team for this event.

We also hope to run a couple of training sessions creating a positive “development first” learning environment for athletes, staff and parents.

We invite applications from coaches who are qualified at Level 3 or, Level 2 if they have relevant experience and are currently working towards their Level 3.

2020 Central Section BYC qualifiers

Central section qualifiers for the BYCs are scheduled for the same weekend as the final YDS in Bathgate on the 14 and 15 March. But Central Section qualifiers will only run a competition if there are more entries than the minimum number of qualifiers.

So don’t miss out on the YDS – central section fencers who wish to compete at the BYCs - please enter both events.

If there needs to be central section qualifiers the organisers will arrange these at a time and venue so that no-one misses out on their YDS competition.

2020 Youth Home Nations

This years Youth Home Nations will be held in Manchester on 27th June 2020 and we will shortly be contacting the top ranked fencers across each weapon category to ask for availability if selected. As in previous years, fencers aged 18 or under will be eligible for Scotland selection. 

The intention is to have 5 team staff with a Head of Delegation and Team Manager joined by 3 weapon coaches in the same structure used for the event in Dublin in 2019. 

BYC Qualifiers

Regions will only hold qualifers for BYCs if there are sufficient entries. 

East Region - organiser is Don McKenzie. There is likely to be qualifiers - details to follow; qualifiers are normally held in March


Richard Gardner - Memorial Notice

Scottish Fencing is sad to announce that Richard Gardner, Team member at the 1986 Commonwealth Fencing Championships, passed away suddenly last week.

Richard was Scottish Junior Champion and fenced at Edinburgh University Fencing Club and Lothian Fencing Club. He will be well known within the Scottish fencing community.

For anyone wishing to attend the funeral this is on 30 October 3.15pm at Warriston Crematorium, Edinburgh.

2019 Scottish Fencing AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting of Scottish Fencing Ltd

To be held at National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde, Burnside Road, Largs, KA30 8RW at 16.00  on Saturday 30 November 2019.


2019 Highland Open - report by Elgin Duellists

The Highland Open Fencing Tournament 2019 and Scottish Team Selection for 

Elgin Duellist Callum Sutherland

Elgin High School was the venue for the UK’s most northerly open fencing tournament last weekend (28 & 29 September) when over 100 competitors from fencing clubs as far afield as Shetland, Orkney and Hamburg competed for the Highland Open Men’s & Women’s Foil, Epee and Sabre titles.

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