Department of Sport

Performance Fencing

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Performance Fencing


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. 

Our team comprises fencers from across the world, including Estonia, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Australia and China, 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 in 2017 and 2018 and the designation on Nottingham as a British Fencing Development Centre, it's an incredibly exciting time to be part of the programme!

Fencing at The University of Nottingham

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Performance coaching

Lead performance coach is Paul Sibert, a Level 4 coach at all three weapons. Paul has been involved in the sport for over 30 years, with 20 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 championships. 

The coaching is supplemented on a weekly basis by Anthony Klenczar as specialist epee coach and David Dobel-Ober to deliver sabre.

Contact Paul Sibert


Performance training 

  • 3 weekly team sessions 
  • Weekly strength & conditioning sessions 
  • Additional daytime individual lessons


  • 2018/19 BUCS Fencing 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)

Performance facilities



Athlete profiles

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Alexander Jones 

Studying: Mathematics (School of Mathematics)

Fencing background: Fenced foil for 11 years with Salle Kiss (Manchester) and qualified for first Cadet International event at 15 years old. 

Top achievements: Finishing 3rd in Junior British Championships. Selection for Great Britain at Junior World Cup and Scotland at 2018 Junior Commonwealths. 

" I was attracted to study at Nottingham by the fantastic coaching available as well as the state-of-the-art facilities here." 

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Serena Patel

Studying: Medicine (School of Medicine)

Fencing background: Fenced foil for 11 years at Aldershot Fencing Club. First represented England as part of the 2013 U15 squad, and Great Britain as part of the 2015 Cadet squad. 

Top achievements: Selection for Great Britain at multiple Junior World Cups and Junior Commonwealth selection for England. 

"The modern facilities at the University of Nottingham and the excellent coaching has really helped to accelerate my development as an international fencer." 



University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000