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Find out the safety and kit requirements for entering a county tournament.

Fencing Mask



You must have membership of the British Fencing Association in order to be insured for competitions. This will give you a BFA number which you must submit when entering. For tournaments you will need 'Compete' membership.

To visit the BFA website and join click here.




To enter a competition you must have kit that is compliant with the current safety regulations. These can fluctuate, so please check periodically with the coaches at the club and visit the British Fencing website for up to date regulations.


Also check on the entry form and website where you are competing regarding your age group. Kit requirements change dependent on your age, the weapon you are fencing, and the level of competition. 


Below are general requirements for most competitions at county level.




Minimum 350N/CEN1 mask with lame bib and backstrap

Mask wire (foil and sabre only)

Lame (foil and sabre only)

2 x bodywire (check you have foil/sabre or epee bodywires.

electric glove (velcro)

2 x electric weapon (blade size appropriate to your age group as specified by the competition)

Minimum 350N/CEN1 Jacket and breeches

800N/CEN2 Plastron (350N plastron may apply to some younger age categories, but 800N is always recommended).

Long socks

Always take a spare electric foil and body wire with you. Failure to present at the piste with a working foil will result in a yellow card if you do not have a spare working weapon. You would also be advised to carry an allen key to tighten the foil if it becomes loose.


Please check that your jacket zips up on the appropriate side (opposite to your sword arm) or at the back (this can be used for left or right handed fencers. Please check this with your coach if you are unsure.


The following information has been displayed regarding the eastern region junior competition on the 11th of February 2017:


The new foil bibs are compulsory for U16 and U18 and may be used for U12/U14, but are not obligatory. A minimum standard of 350N/CEN1 mask (with backstrap), jacket and breeches and a plastron of 350N/CEN1 for U12/U14 or 800N/CEN2 for U16/U18 is obligatory, as are long socks. Size 2 (Sabre and Epee) or 3 (Foil) or smaller must be used in U12/U14. 

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