Nottingham City Fencing Club
Origins of the competition
Once it became clear that the annual Hathern Steam Team Competition would no longer run Nottingham City Fencing club looked into the possibility of hosting an annual steam team competition and the Cornhill Cup was born.
Named after Dave Cornhill who was the head coach at NCFC for many years and continues to fence at the club. Daves individual fencing career has included wins at numerous competitions including the Nottingham Open and appearances representing the East Midlands at both Foil & Epee.
The Cornhill Cup
The cup itself is probably one of the most desirable prizes in british fencing today. Any team with a serious chance of winning the competition faces the difficult question of whose mantle piece will support the trophy. Bought from an Ashbourne antique dealer during a club holiday at Hopton House near carsington water the cup (pictured right) is a wooden budda of unknown and possibly rare origin.
Format and rules
Run as a team steam foil competition with teams of three the competition is either a mini league or pool unique depending upon entries and how cruel the organisers feel on the day!
The competition aims to give all levels of fencer a good days fencing and teams are therefore expected to field an advanced, intermediate and beginner fencer. No rules for these categories apply however the organisers expect clubs to use common sense when selecting teams.
This is a non-electric competition. BFA membership is required , as will be a minimum 350N jacket & plastron, & all other equipment conforming to current BFA regulations, including long socks and 350N breeches. Track suit trousers or jogging bottoms are allowed for this competition only. Fencers must be over 13 years (at 1 Jan 08)
The Rushcliffe Leisure Centre in West Bridgeford Nottingham is the current venue of choice. From 2008 the competition will be run in the main hall the same as the one Nottingham City Fencing Club now uses. This is larger and has better lighting and changing facilities than the previous venue. Also the main hall is in the main leisure complex so competitors and spectators can take advantage of the Cafe and Swimming pool.
Above: What you could win!