Elite fencers studying at The University of Nottingham join a unique set up, with access to world-class fencing and support facilities at the state of the art David Ross Sports Village, expert coaching and comprehensive sports scholarships.

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Performance Fencing

Why Nottingham?

Our squad comprises fencers from across the world, making us a truly international community. We have ambitious performance targets and our training programme reflects this commitment; talented fencers can access several team, individual and strength and conditioning sessions on a weekly basis.

With the British Cadet and Junior Championships held at the David Ross Sports Village  planned for September 2023, and the designation of Nottingham as a British Fencing Development Centre, it is an incredibly exciting time to be part of the programme.


Performance Fencing at University of Nottingham Sport

Supporting our student-athletes

Our Performance Fencing Programme

done 3 weekly team sessions
done Weekly strength & conditioning sessions
done Additional daytime individual lessons
done Bespoke fencing salle with 10 competition pistes with end lights and 4 training pistes

High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool
done Nutrition and Sports Psychology support
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Achievements: Individual

  • 2023/24 - Men's BUCS Epee Champion (James Jeal)
  • 2023/24 - Women's BUCS Foil Bronze (Holly Thompson)
  • 2023/24 - Men's BUCS Foil Bronze (Wilf Broughton)
  • 2023/24 - Women's BUCS Epee Bronze (Grace O'Neil)
  • 2022/23 - Women's BUCS Epee Champion (Rachael Lever)
  • 2021/22 - Men’s Sabre BUCS Bronze (Stefano Lucchetti)
  • 2019/20 - Women’s BUCS Sabre Runner-up (DeAna Oliver)
  • 2019/20 - Men's BUCS Sabre Champion (Stefano Lucchetti)

Achievements: Team

  • 2023/24 - Men's BUCS Team Champions
  • 2022/23 - Women's BUCS Championship Runners-up
  • 2021/22 - Men's BUCS Championship Runners-up
  • 2021/22 - Women’s BUCS Championship Runners-up
  • 2018/19 - BUCS Premier North Champions (Men 1)
  • 2017/18 - BUCS Midland 1A champions and promotion to Premier North (Men 1)
  • 2015/16 - BUCS Trophy Cup runners up (Men 1)
  • 2014/15 - BUCS Midlands 1A champions and promotion to Premier North (Women 1)
  • 2014/15 - BUCS Trophy Cup winners (Women 1)


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Performance Coaching

Paul Sibert - Head Coach

Lead performance coach is Paul Sibert, a Level 4 coach at all three weapons (specialist in Foil). Paul has been involved in the sport for almost 40 years, with 25 of those as a coach. He has coached fencers to British Cadet, Junior and BYC medals as well as to European and World Cadet / Junior Championship Teams. The coaching team is completed by Miroslaw Poplawski as specialist epee coach and David Dobel-Ober to deliver sabre, who attend training sessions weekly.

Weekend training sessions also involve external coaches working alongside our in-house coaches.

Paul Sibert - Head of Performance Fencing