Fencing is now in its’ 26th year at Wycliffe. From humble beginnings there are now five sessions each week.
Pupils can access the sport from Year 3 during the Prep School activity session. Senior School pupils have the opportunity to join the Tuesday activity session and those in Years 11, 12 & 13 can choose fencing as part of their games options on a Thursday and Saturday.
All Wycliffe fencers can join the thriving Junior Community Club which runs on a Thursday evening in the school’s sports centre. The club currently has over 30 members looked after by a team of three coaches.
In 2017 one pupil won a bronze medal at the Public Schools’ Championships and over the years, Wycliffe fencers have won many prestigious titles, including the Public Schools’ boys senior sabre title and numerous medal placings at some of the top national open competitions. At county level we have always done well, with dozens of top four placings to our name across senior and age group events.
As fencing is a minority sport, local opposition is sparse. Our main rivals are Clifton College and KLB School. We currently have three to four matches per year in addition to hosting all the individual county championship events for Gloucestershire.
In the past couple of years, Wycliffe has extended its’ competitive wings and introduced two open competitions. The Wycliffe Junior Open had its’ inaugural event in 2015 attracting over 85 competitors from all over the West Country. This year saw the introduction of a second junior event, the Wycliffe Year Group Challenge. Designed to cater for those younger fencers just starting out on their competitive career, it is another stepping stone to competitive fencing. Both these events were very well received this year and are attracting fencers from many local prep schools. As such, Wycliffe is now a well-known fencing school. We have attracted a great deal of interest from prep school children looking to continue their fencing at a senior school that can provide the very best in training and facilities.