What is the TWIST?
TWIST stands for ‘Tunbridge Wells Individual and School Team’. A full TWIST will feature team fencing in the morning and individual fencing in the afternoon, but occasionally we run just a team or an individual competition. Please note that TWISTS are epee-only events. Generally, we’ll run six TWISTS per year – three for the ages of 9-15, and three for 13-18 year olds. Often, males and females compete in separate categories, but we’re happy to mix it up as and when school team formation and entry numbers demand it. The top three teams and four individual fencers in each category win a medal (whoop!).

Why is the TWIST?
The TWIST was created to provide a ‘first step’ external competition for fencers at RTWFC and the schools that coaches Paul Beasley and Chris Higginson teach at. We aim to organise events which are fun, friendly and encouraging, and yet provide the challenge of competing against fencers you don’t know.

Where is the TWIST?
Thus far, the TWIST has taken place at the home of RTWFC – the Army Reserve Centre on St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells (TN4 9UU).

Sounds good. When is the next TWIST?
Soon! Please visit the ‘schedule’ link under competitions (if the link is missing, check again soon when we’ve evolved a bit more).

How much does it cost?
The entry fee is £10 per category per person – for example, £10 for a team category event and £10 for an individual category event (20 quid for a day of fencing, in other words). If you need to hire some or all fencing gear, the cost will be £2.50 per event (so, £5 per day).

How can I enter?
Please email your name, age, and BFA membership type and number to, and pay the fee (see below) to Lloyds account 30-90-90 37277468.

BFA membership… err, what’s that?
In order to participate in most competitions in Britain (and, indeed, to be insured to train at fencing clubs – with the odd exception of a school that has its own sports insurance which covers fencing), fencers need to be members of the British Fencing Association (BFA) – which is the national governing body for the sport. Whilst a free BFA ‘Introductory’ membership covers newbie fencers in their first 90 days of training, fencers who participate in recreational events such as the TWIST require at least a BFA ‘Starter’ membership (and those who compete at local, regional or national competitions will need a ‘Compete’ membership). A ‘Starter’ membership costs £13 per annum for the under 13s.

So how do I obtain a Starter membership?
Information can be found here:
At the foot of the ‘Starter’ membership page you’ll find a ‘Join Now’ button, which takes you to the BF Sport 80 page. Once you’ve created an account, you then fill in various fields of information about the fencer. The only questions that baffle are national body (it’s England Fencing), region (South East) and club (you’ll find Royal Tunbridge Wells Fencing Club under T for ‘The’ in the menu).

OK, so that’s all sorted… but what should I wear to the TWIST?
What you wear to the competition is up to you (as long as it doesn’t break the law). For the actual fencing bit, wear sports shoes and either long sports socks or skins or some other sporty garment that fully covers the lower leg.

Can I drive to the venue?
Yes indeed. Parking is available on site. There is a security gate, so if you are a new or occasional visitor, one of the team will let you in (that is, we won’t tell you the security code). The competition will take place in the building to the right as you enter the site – the door is at the front (facing the road).

Is there space for my entourage to watch my inevitable victory?
Parents, family and friends are welcome to stay and watch the action – chairs will be placed round the edge of the hall for your fan club to set-up a base.

Is there somewhere to buy food and drinks on site?
Sadly not. There is no food and nothing but a water cooler available on site, but there’s a cafe in the sports centre next door – and a Tesco Express and a Costa 10 minutes away on foot. For fencers, a packed lunch and plenty of snacks and drinks are essential.