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Who plays? There are 9 Universities currently engaged in fencing with SSS.
What is there? There are a number of key competitions/ events throughout the year;
BUCS Leagues: A team event comprising of two divisions for the men’s event and currently only one division for the women’s event. In the BUCS format universities will fence each other at all three weapons, the victor is decided over the total number of hits scored rather than the number of weapons or bouts won.
BUCS Individuals Championships: An individual event where fencers have the opportunity to represent their university and compete against some of the top fencers in Britain. This is the first opportunity on the student fencing calendar to qualify for the Scottish Student Team for the Student 5 Nations event.
SSS Team Championships: A team event comprising of multiple divisions where universities can enter up to 3 teams per event. The format for this event differs from the BUCS format in that rather than fencing each university at all three weapons each university will enter separate teams for each weapon, meaning that two weapons will be fought on one day and the third weapon will be fought on the second day.
SSS Beginners Championships: An individual event for participants who have been fencing for two years or less. This is an excellent opportunity for student fencers to come together to test their abilities against opponents of a similar level. It is an excellent competition for those just starting out in fencing and an opportunity to become part of the wider social circuit of fencing.
SSS Individual Championships: An individual event for all students to crown the best student fencers in Scotland. This event is run as part of the Scottish Student Games, a multisport event held across one weekend in early February.
Student 5 Nations: A team event for the best fencers from Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
When does all this happen? All the events are generally on the weekends and spaced throughout the course of the academic year.