Newham Swords Challenge 2020

A series of foil competitions run by Newham Swords for young fencers of all standards

Fencers earn points which will be accumulated with prizes at each event and overall winner trophies  at the final event. The best 3 scores out of 4 events will be used for each age category. 

Why enter the Newham Series?

  • Regular location for your child to be comfortable in and easy to plan your journey, no travelling across the country on unknown roads to strange towns
  • Consistent organisation and smooth running
  • Qualified referees applying proper FIE rules
  • On site experienced armourers
  • Excellent venue with free secure parking
  • Good catering and viewing facilities
  • Quality trophies and medals
  • Newham Junior Challenge Series Events count for points towards the England U15 Rankings.

Age Groups:

U10, U12, U14. Age as at 1 January 2020. Minimum age – 7. Fencers may enter an age group higher than their age but cannot move age groups within the series.

Event 1 – Sunday 19th January 2020 Completed

Event 2 – Saturday 1st February 2020 Licence: 35467

Event 3 – Saturday 14th March Licence: 35696

Event 4 – Saturday 20th June Licence: 35697 Alternative date to be announced

Venue:  SportsDock, University of East London (Docklands Campus), London E16 2RD (Home of Newham Swords Fencing Club).

Secure parking (included in your fee). Comfortable seating and viewing. Good cafeteria serving hot meals, sandwiches and drinks. Transport directions and map

Two rounds of poules followed by DE

Points system: NSJCS Points System (PDF).  Accumulated by BF Number

Prizes: Medals and take home trophies.  Shields for series winners.


  • U10s must use size 0 blades;
  • U12s  and U14 must use size 3 blades or smaller
  • All fencers must wear minimum 350N jacket & breeches and plastron
  • Lamé bibs not required. Such bibs should be taped over by an armourer to avoid damage

Membership of British Fencing can be obtained on line

Membership expiry checks and renewal through Sport:80

Closing Dates:

Event 2  January 26th, Late Entry fee until January 29th

Event 3 

Entry Fee: £32.00

Late entry/late payment fee: £50  (applies after midnight on the closing date above)

» Late entries at the discretion of the Organiser.

We now operate a strict no refund – no carry-over policy.

An Armoury service will be available. Minor repairs £2 plus parts. All repairs and blade straightening to meet safety regulations are at owners risk. 

Preliminary check in times for Event 2

Fencing starts about 15 mins after check in. If you are not there for Check In you will be removed from the list of competitors!

CategoryCheck in Closes*
U12 Boys9.30
U12 Girls9.30
U10 Boys 12.00
U10 Girls 12.00
U14 Boys 9.45
U14 Girls 12.30
Entry numbers in each Category are limited and we strongly recommend early entry. See Sport80 for latest situation *Subject to change to ensure a smooth running event and maximum entries

Each fencer is personally responsible for making sure that his or her clothing and equipment conform to BF rules and are in good condition

Neither BF nor the organisers of the competition, nor any official or referee involved in the competition is responsible for these matters, or for any accident, loss or damage to persons or property however caused.

If you have problems entering through Sport:80, please check:

  • The categories are UNDER ie less than the age mentioned.
  • For U12 child must be 11 or under on 1st January
  • Check that you have the Compete level of BF membership
  • Make sure membership is up to date! Auto renewals are NOT taken into account and memberships that expire before the competition will prevent entry until the renewal takes place
  • If the age category is full you can send an email asking to be put on a reserve list

Only if you have checked the above and a problem remains, then email with name, age group, date of birth, gender and contact number

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