British Veterans Open Championships
This is a 3-day, 6-weapon event open to all members of BVF and to overseas fencers of veteran age and holding membership of a recognised federation. The Champion-at-Arms trophies are awarded at this event.
Relevance: critical, if you want to be GBR Champion.
BVF Selection Competitions
A series of competitons, run to the same formula, are open to all veteran fencers
The results are used for selection of teams for the World Championships, European Team Championships and any other representational event.
Veterans Winton Cup
The Veterans Winton Cup was offered to the NVA (now BVF) in 2008 by Bobby and Sir Nicholas Winton. Their wish was to have a competition between regional teams which is a social event as well as having a high standard of fencing.
County and Regional Team Events
Most organisers accept BVF as a county in its own right (and a highly successful one). This provides members with extra opportunities for competitive fencing, since selection is mostly NOT deemed to be representative. Any member of any standard who wishes to fence has the chance to do so. Simply contact the Match Secretary.
Many tournaments offer prizes for the highest placed veteran fencer at each weapon. This is normally restricted to BVF members.
BVF membership is the passport to entering Veterans events abroad. Many of the European countries have a crowded annual circuit of Veterans events, often by age group. The EVF website gives further details.
A match fee is levied at all Veterans competitions to help towards the cost of organisation.
It is the policy of BVF that fencers participating in veterans events must be current members of the British Fencing Association.