Both coaches are on the British Fencing coaching register and are bound by the
British Fencing Code of Conduct. Our coaches have attended Safeguarding in Sport
training, carry Enhanced DBS checks (available online), are First Aid qualified. As
members of British Fencing they have public liability insurance.
Private coaching sessions – 121’s
Our coaches offer private 121 coaching sessions which are arranged with the
121’s must be cancelled with 48 hours’ notice to give other athletes an opportunity. If
notice is not given the session will be payable in full.
If a fencer is having 121 coaching other fencers present must be mindful and
respectful of the session. If at Plymouth College fencing salle only the coach and
fencer are to be present in the salle during the allocated time – fencers and parents
are to wait outside.
Travelling to tournaments
Plymouth Fencing Club is dedicated towards the competitive success of our athletes,
to that end, Plymouth Fencing Club offers coaching at Regional, National and
We hope that the policies outlined below answer any questions about the role of the
coaches of Plymouth Fencing at “away” tournaments:
One or more coaches will be in attendance at the National Cadet and Junior
Championships, the British Youth Championships and the England Youth
Championships at no additional cost to club members.
Fencers are not required to have coaching at tournaments, this is a service available
to all fencers when it is requested at some additional cost.
Coaching is not automatic for a fencer, there must be a prior agreement for a fencer
to receive coaching at an event. This may be an ongoing relationship agreed upon
for the season, or a coach may be requested for one particular competition.
If a coach is travelling to a competition and multiple fencers are in attendance ALL
fencers will be offered coaching prior to the event – we appreciate not all fencers
want coaching support!
Plan ahead and communicate! Costs include travel and accommodation, naturally if
coaching requests are made well in advance this will keep costs to a minimum. If
there are multiple fencers at an event the cost can be shared.
Our coaches will coach fencers under the following conditions:
The fencer wants coaching during the event.
There is a coach available for the event the fencer is attending.
The fencer is willing to pay some or all of the costs associated with being
coached at the event.
Plymouth Fencing Club competes united as a team.
At the competition:
It is the job of the coach to assist the fencer as much as possible, however, at some
events there are many fencers competing at once. When that is the case, a coach
must set priorities. For the fencer who is attending a tournament for their first time,
coaching during the opening rounds can be important. More experienced fencers
should not have any difficulty in the seeding pools, and will not need as much
attention until later in the event. We will always try to make sure that a coach is
available when the fencer needs it the most. Ultimately, that is the coaches’ decision
to make, and we expect our fencers and parents to respect coach judgment.
A coach will be at the venue at least an hour before the close of registration until the
last fencer is eliminated that day. Warm-up lessons before the tournament begins
are part of the duties as a coach. In addition during International tournaments, which
can stretch over several days, individual training lessons can be arranged with prior
discussion with the coach.
Keep in mind what a coach can do during a tournament:
A tournament is the place where a coach has the least effect on the outcome.
Every tournament is won in the six months to a year preceding the
competition. It is in this time that the fencer mentally and physically prepares
to perform at the top of their ability. If a fencer is not ready to compete at the
required level for the tournament they have entered, having a coach at the
tournament will do them little good. Please do not expect miracles from a
coach, no matter how capable. If you have not been training two days a week
in the months preceding the event, it is difficult to have a good performance.
Fencers are responsible for their own competition entry and registration.
Coaches are not armourers! Do not arrive at a tournament with only one
working weapon assuming that a coach will act as an armorer the night before
your event, or worse, during the event itself. Preparing for a competition you
should be fully prepared to fence, including 3-4 working weapons, 2-4 body
wires, and appropriate kit.
A fencer is responsible for their own preparation ensuring adequate sleep,
nutrition, and hydration.
Referees make mistakes. Coaches will support the fencer if the referee
makes an error in the rules, is not officiating in an honest manner, or is clearly
not capable of refereeing at the level of fencing that is occurring.
Only then will our coaches attempt to intercede during the bout on behalf of a fencer.
Disputing every judgement call by a referee, or even loudly pointing out the
occasional mistake, does neither the fencer nor the club any good. By treating
referees with respect, and not interfering in the performance of their jobs,
referees tend to listen to coaches when they do make objections.
Coaches do not travel to act as a chaperone for fencers, they are there in a
professional capacity to best support the fencer during the tournament.
As athletes remember you represent yourself, Plymouth Fencing Club and for many
of you your respective Countries – be positive role models, support each other, be
British Fencing Codes of Conduct:
If you have any more questions please ask one of our coaches.