Fencing (Women)

The fencing programme is a balance between sport-specific strength & conditioning and fencing specific training.

Two fencers in action

One of the most highly regarded of its kind in the UK, the University of Edinburgh Performance Sport Programme enables athletes to achieve a world-class degree and perform to the best of their ability.  The University of Edinburgh Fencing Programme prides itself on developing players with potential and a positive attitude into performance athletes. The programme is aimed at serious athletes who compete on an international level. In return for your dedication and hard work, we will offer you world-class training facilities and support to allow you to be the best you can be:

  • Commonwealth Gold Medal winning Head Coach
  • Full-time Strength & Conditioning support
  • Academic support
  • Performance lifestyle support
  • Nutritional advice
  • Mental skills training and assistance
  • Access to the world-renowned FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic
Performance Athlete, Giulia Gasparin Fencing

When I discovered that Edinburgh University had an elite women's fencing team I knew it was the right place to go. We have the support we need to excel at our sport, and one of the things I love the most is the Performance Gym, where we get tailored training plans.



Fencers behind Champion Banner


  • BUCS Championship Winners 5 years running
  • BUCS Women's Foil Individual Winner for the last 7 years running, with several all-Edinburgh University finals
  • Gold and Bronze individual medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Individuals
  • Team Gold for Scotland with 3 out of the 5 athletes from Edinburgh University
  • All-Edinburgh final at the Scottish Open Women's Foil
  • Wins at both the Birmingham International and Australian Open

We currently have fencers representing Great Britain, Brazil and India in Senior and Junior World Cups.

Edinburgh City


Edinburgh mixes architectural beauty and history with a lively, fun environment and has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. As part of our Performance Programme, you will develop your athletic and academic skills in tandem, competing for one of the United Kingdom’s best sporting higher education institutions and studying at a university that is consistently ranked in the top 50 in the world:

  • Over 650 degree programmes
  • Flexible study
  • Ranked 10th in the UK for graduate employability by the Times Higher Education, Global Employability Ranking 2018

Find out more about studying at Edinburgh

We support elite athletes during the University application process by crediting athletic attainment.

Find out more about our Elite Athlete Policy:

Elite Athlete Policy

Don McKenzie, Head of Performance Fencing

Head of Performance Fencing, Don McKenzie.

Don has been Head of Performance Fencing at Edinburgh University since 2013. During his time the fencing programme has produced many extremely successful athletes and has a wealth of knowledge which hugely contributes to the programme. 

  • Current member of British Fencing’s Athlete Development Programme staff
  • Full Diploma in International Coaching
  • Former Performance Manager for the National Governing Body 
  • Edinburgh Fencing Club. Winners of the British Women's Foil Championships 2018, 2017 and 2016
  • World Ranked Fencer
  • Former British Olympic Team 1988 and 1992
  • Commonwealth Gold medallist and British Champion
  • Gained International Masters Diploma from Budapest in 2004

Edinburgh University welcomes fencers of all standards. Performance fencers who want a top-class education without compromising their training environment will enjoy what we have to offer.


Get in touch

We are always looking for ambitious, academic athletes to realise their potential with us. Our aim is to train, develop and retain some of the finest fencing talent in the country. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of fencers to our Performance Programme and hope to hear from you soon.

Email  our Head of Performance Fencing, Don McKenzie, to start the conversation about your application.

Don McKenzie

Head of Performance Fencing (Women)

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