Fencing is now in its’ 26th year at Wycliffe. From humble beginnings there are now five sessions each week.
Fencing at Wycliffe is now in its’ 28th year. From humble beginnings there are now five sessions each week.
Pupils can access the sport starting in year 3. Their introduction to the sport is offered through the prep schools’ activities programme. From year 9 onward, senior school pupils have the opportunity to take part during activities on a Tuesday and those in years’ 11, 12 & 13 can choose to fence as part of their games options on Thursdays and Saturdays.
All Wycliffe pupils are able to join the thriving community club which runs on a Thursday evening in the schools’ sports centre. The club caters for all levels of participation and is staffed by three coaches. A number of pupils who are involved in Modern Pentathlon use this club session to hone their skills and improve their understanding of Epee fencing. Epee is the focus of the fencing element in this combination of five sports which test their skills at running, laser shooting, swimming, riding and fencing.
As fencing is a minority sport, local opposition is sparse. Our main competition in team events are Clifton College, KLB school and Thornbury. A number of county championships are hosted at Wycliffe which gives our athletes a chance to compete at local level in their home environment. We have won many county titles across all three weapons over the past 28 years.
The pinnacle of our competitive season is the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships. This prestigious event is held at the national sports centre at Crystal Palace. The event attracts all the top public schools and has entries exceeding 1200 fencers in all categories. Wycliffe have one senior sabre title and many other top eight placings since we first attended in 1998.
In the past few years, Wycliffe has extended its’ competitive wings by introducing two events to the calendar. Both the Wycliffe Junior Open and the Wycliffe Year Group Challenge have attracted good levels of interest from fencers as far afield as Cornwall and London. As such, Wycliffe is now a well-known fencing school. We attract 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.