Organised by England Fencing, the sport's national regulator, the England Youth Championships take place annually at the University of Hertfordshire.
The Championships feature separate events in all three weapons (foil, épée, sabre) for boys and girls in under-11, under-13 and under-15 age groups. Most of the top-ranked young fencers in the UK compete, along with some from overseas.
In the most recent Championships in June, François de Robert Hautequere (Lyon's) came seventh of 64 boys competing in his age-group, losing in the quarter-final to the eventual winner. Combined with points earned in other competitions, this places François in third place overall for under-17 boys - although he himself is only 14.
Other highlights for François so far this year include the Paris CEP Marathon International, where he competed in a field of 300, and the Challenge Wratislavia International, for which he joined the England under-15 squad.
Next on his calendar are two big competitions in September: Cadet Nationals in Newham and Manchester Cadet International. These will be key to maintaining François' top eight position in the England under-17 rankings, to make the under-17 squad that will represent England in Paris in 2020.