Sep 17

Peter Hazlett

Reminder – 3 Safety Changes from 1st September 2014

Quick Summary of 3 Safety Changes

1. Leon Paul Contour Masks

British Fencing would like to draw your attention to a letter received from the FIE, also available on the FIE website here.

It states “We wish to inform you that starting from September 1st, 2014, only masks with two independent security devices will be allowed for use at all FIE competitions”.

Update  -  The European Fencing Confederation will be applying the requirement for the additional back strap on contour masks at European events ie, cadet and under-23 circuits.

Update – This will be required for The Commonwealth Fencing Championships.

Update – Irish Fencing will be enforcing this ruling for all Irish Competitions from 29th November

This instruction only relates to the Leon Paul Contour Masks.

“British Fencing will not for the moment be extending this requirement beyond FIE competitions, there being no recorded accident in Britain, at least in recent years, arising from a dislodged mask”.

2. Sabre Gloves

The FIE made a new specification Sabre Glove mandatory for all its competitions from 1st September 2013.  The new glove provides protection up to 800 Newtons using the specified testing regime, on all parts of the hand from the wrist forward except the front of the fingers and half the front of the thumb.

British Fencing has approved the introduction of these gloves for fencers using full size sabres as follows:-

-       all BF run competitions (senior, junior, cadet, age-group)  – from 1st September 2014.

-       Universal UK application – from 1st September 2016.

When both fencers are using size 0, 2 or 3 blades these gloves will be optional.

3. Plastrons when fencing with Size 0-3 Blades (All Weapons) or Non Electric Foil Blades

Presently fencers using these weapons do not need to wear a plastron if they are wearing an 800 Newton jacket.

From 1st September 2014 this will no longer be approved and this category will be removed from the Clothing Rules.

The reason for this change is because of some reports of the under-arm seams of 800N jackets coming apart, putting at risk this vulnerable area of the body – the area that a plastron is designed to protect.

So from 1st September 2014 the minimum level approved for those fencing with size 0–3 blades or with non-electric foil blades will be:

-                either a 350 Newton jacket plus a 350 Newton plastron

-                or a 350 Newton jacket which includes an integrated 350 Newtons plastron.


Sep 05


NI Junior Foil Series Training Day

A pre-season training event will take place on Sun 28 Sep 2014 in the Queens Leisure Complex in Holywood, open to all fencers who took part in the 2013-14 NI Junior Foil Series and anyone who intends to take part in the series this year. The event will be run by BF level 4 coach Katie Arup. All applicants must be BF/NIF registered (or equivalent, IFF etc). Also, fencers need to bring full fencing kit including breeches, as there will be no spare kit available at the event.

Aug 14

Peter Hazlett

Bill Cumming – Obituary

It is with great sadness that NI Fencing Ltd announces the passing of Bill Cumming.  Bill was for many years the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Fencing Union and a very active Coach.  His funeral will be in Warrenpoint Presbyterian Church at 2:00pm on Friday 15th August 2014.

Peter Hazlett

Bill was a talented teacher and much loved fencing coach for both junior and senior fencers in Northern Ireland and a dear friend who gave 100% to his students at school and supported many fencers in their quest to win tournaments across UK, Ireland and Europe.  He was an extremely generous man who gave of his time freely and coached in many of our schools including – Kelvin, Victoria, Methody, RBAI, BRA, Campbell College, Strathearn, Wellington College, Grosvenor, Ballee High & Cambridge House in Ballymena and in many of our leisure centres – Maysfield, Antrim Forum, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Queens and of course Avoniel.  He spent most of his coaching years supporting the girls at Victoria College and Kelvin Secondary School and it is with these students where he will be remembered the most.  Bill had no family of his own – we were his family – he is survived by his brother, sisters and nephews and neices.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Lorraine Campbell

Aug 10

Maureen Kerr

Annual General Meeting 2014

The NIF Annual General Meeting will be held this year in the House of Sport, Belfast on Thursday 21st August for full details see the Calender

Aug 05

Maureen Kerr

Commonwealth Team Manager

The Team Manager for the Commonwealth Team has been selected; Congratulations to Andrew Murphy!  The team is in good hands.


Andy will be in contact with team members in due course with details regarding accommodation etc.  Keep your eyes peeled for e-mails from

Jul 24

Peter Hazlett

Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014 – Selection

The fencers have been selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014 to be held in Largs, Scotland in November.

You can find the list of named fencers for each weapon on the Selections Decisions page.

To avoid confusion all 5 fencers selected at each weapon may fence in the individual event.  In the team event the team captain will choose 3 fencers from the 5 selected and may vary the team between matches.

Jul 08

Maureen Kerr

International Funding Opportunities

The Criteria for Fencers eligible for International Funding in the coming season is now available to read in the Funding Opportunities Page

Jul 07

Maureen Kerr

UKSG Team Selection

The teams for the UK School Games have been announced.  You can find a full list of the teams on the Selections Decisions page.

Jun 19

Maureen Kerr

NI Commonwealth Team Manager 2014

NI Fencing Ltd. would like an expression of interest from any candidate (+18) wishing to be considered for the role of the Northern Ireland Team Manager at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014.

For full details please go to the  Positions Vacant Page.

Jun 04

Maureen Kerr

AGM 2014

AGM Notice

The fourth AGM of NI Fencing Ltd will be held on
                                    Thursday 21st August, 1930 – 2100
Room B, House of Sport, Malone Road, Belfast.

In accordance with the Articles of Association (available on the NI Fencing Website) the Board shall consist of, The Managing Director and up to six Directors, who shall be elected at the AGM.
The following Directors wish to be re-elected under section 6.3 of the Articles:
                                    Chris Gill (Finance Director)
                                    Alison Slater (Welfare and Compliance Director)
                                    Joanne Simpson (Competitions Director)
                                    David White (Junior Competition and Development Director)
In addition our current Membership Director (Designate) Mr Martyn Girvin wishes to be elected under section 6.3 of the Articles.

We now seek nominations from individuals wishing to fulfil a role as Director.  Nominees must meet the following criteria:

                       Be a member of Northern Ireland Fencing
(Or British Fencing via any home nation)

                       Be Over 18 Years of Age

In addition not more than two Directors may be elected from any one club.

If you would like to participate in the development of the sport within Northern Ireland then please notify the Company Secretary, Ms Maureen Kerr, by email (

In particular we would welcome nominations from Clubs not currently represented on the NI Fencing Board.

Nominations must be received no later than 12:00pm on Monday 16th  June 2013.

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