In this section you will find links to all the information you need relating to refereeing. This includes information on referee education for examiners and candidates, referee development, advice for competition organisers, international selection and allocation procedures and domestic refereeing requests.
Refereeing is overseen by the British Fencing Referee Manager with additional working groups being set up as required
The British Fencing Executive Assitant is responsible for administrative aspect of the Referee Pathway Process
The member responsible for allocating international referee selections is Pat Casey
The member for the development of the syllabus and domestic level 3&4 referees is Peter Huggins
The home countries currently support the development, examination and registration of Levels 1&2.
The representative for England is Peter Huggins
The representative for Scotland is Mike Thornton
The representative for Wales is Lynne Melia
The representative for Northern Ireland is Mike Westgate
The representative for Guernsey is Meyrick Simmonds
The representative for Jersey is Alistair Christie
RefCom Update December 1st 2016
Following the decision by Graham Paul to step down from acting as chair of REFCOM, British Fencing has started a review to ensure that an appropriate structure exists to support the needs and expectations of the fencing/refereeing community.
As a result of this review the following interim decisions have been made:
1. The executive administrative function based at Head Office will continue to co-ordinate and assist in the day to day administrative aspects of refereeing including FIE exam candidacy, Level 3+ CPD programs, management of the Pathway Program and referee grant applications.
2. The Referee Selection Committee consisting of Pat Casey (Chair), Oliver Smith and John Haynes will remain in place, following the recent extensive work to improve and document the associated policies and procedures (click here). The Selection Committee will continue to work with the executive team when selecting referees for all international competitions. Where appropriate (ie where no conflict of interest exists) advice will be sought from current internationally active FIE referees with regards to EFC and Satellite selections.
3. The remaining aspects of the work of REFCOM will be split between a number of smaller REFCOM Working Groups. These will be established with applications sought from appropriately qualified referees. For example BF will be shortly advertising for applicants to form a Working Group for the restructuring of the Level 3 & 4 referee exams following a recent review of these exams. This is to bring the top level of national refereeing qualifications in line with the current requirements for the first level of International refereeing (EFC Category C) and ensure appropriate preparation and pathway to future FIE qualifications.
Referee education and development is extremely important for the future development of the sport of fencing. Click on the links below for more information:
Opportunities to Referee
Current Referee Requests (Domestic and International opportunities)
The Referee Register
British Fencing operates a register of qualified referees and referee examiners. This is designed to ensure that both referees and competition organisers maintain the quality and integrity at British Fencing events, along with good practice at all times.
Competition organisers need to be aware that by using referees not on the current referee register their competition public liability insurance may be invalidated, thus it is recommended to check the current register when accepting referees to officiate at any organised competition.
Information on international refereeing along with the selection policy and procedure can be found here.
The Referee Pathway Scheme
Information on the Referee Pathway Scheme is available here.
British Fencing delighted to announce that Chiara McDermott has been awarded her EFC C grade for Epee, following observation during the 2017/18 season. This is fantastic news for yet another referee Pathway member.
British Fencing are delighted to announce, that Jennifer Sancroft and Mike Selig, both members of the referee pathway scheme have passed their FIE Sabre exams held during the Budapest Junior World Cup last weekend.
27th & 28th January 2018
British Fencing will be holding a level 4 sabre exam on the 27th and 28th January at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre, this will also be a mock FIE exam for members of the Referee Pathway scheme that are wishing to be future FIE candidates.
Daniel Vasquez FIE (ESP) will be the external examiner. If you wish to apply to attend please note that a minimum entry requirement is to be an active Level 3 sabre referee.
Please contact Nickie Bailey for further information.
The EFC have announced the request for submission of FIE referees that wish to be considered for selection for the following European Competions:
Cadet and Junior European Championships to be held in Sochi (Russia) dates 02-11.03.2018
U23 European Championships to be held in Yerevan (Armenia) dates 15-20.04.2018
Senior European Championships to be held in Novi Sad (Serbia) 16-21.06.2018
All referees will need to be available for the whole duration of the competitions and for the referee seminars normally held the day before the competitions officially starts. Referees, male and female should have a FIE category in preferably two weapons.
The organising committees will cover all costs for travel, accomodation, visa applications and the per diem. Referees will be insured for the duration of each competition by the EFC/CEE policy.
British Fencing is pleased to announce that 3 more GBR referees were awarded the EFC C-grade following the 2016/17 season.
Kola Ayanwale - Epee
Mihai Rascu - Foil
Patrick Jennings - Sabre (also qualified as a FEI Sabre Referee in the recent FIE exams at the Cadet & Junior World Championships in Plovdiv).
British Fencing is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2017/18 International Referee allocations for the nominated EFC & JWCS has been announced. This is open to all Level 3 and above referees with priority given to exisitng Pathway Members. If you would like to progress you refereeing career to becoame a member of the Pathway, further information can be found here.
This application process will also incorporate the annual Pathway Program review. All successfully allocated referees will be notified and their allocations publsihed on the BF website.
The closing date for this is 4pm Friday June 16th 2017.
2017/18 International (EFC & JWC) Referee Application Documents:
The international Referee Selection Process can be found here
The International Referee Selection Factors can be found here
The EFC Cadet Circuit Referee information document can be found here
The 2017/18 EFC & JWC nominated competitions can be found here
The International Refeee Allocation timeline can be found here
Referee Working Group L3&4 Exam Review
British Fencing is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the Referee Working Group are as follows:
Chair Julian Rose
The first meeting was held on Saturday 22nd April 2017, with apologies from Adrian Speakman.
British Fencing are delighted to announce that the FIE have selected Adrian Speakman, to be one of the referees at the Bogota (Columbia) Epee Grand Prix 26-28.05.2017
Referee Working Group L3 & 4 exam
Following an internal review of the Level 3 and 4 refereeing exams held at the 2016 Senior National Championships, British Fencing are seeking applications from those interested in becoming part of a Referee Working Group to redevelop the current syllabus and exam structure to reflect the current requirements for both national level domestic referees and those engaged within the international circuits.
The application form can be found here
The selection policy and procedure can be found here
British Fencing are delighted to announce, that the following members of the referee pathway scheme have passed their FIE exams held during the Cadet and Junior Europeans in Plovdiv; Luke Deamer (FOIL), Sarah Steacy (EPEE) and Patrick Jennings (SABRE).
British Fencing are delighted to announce EFC have selected Adrian Speakman as one of the FIE referees for the U23 European Championships to be held in Minsk Belarus 20-25/05/2017.
07.03.2017 U23 Championships - Tbilsi Georgia 12-16th June 2017
The EFC has announced the request for submission of referees that wish to be considered for the selection process for the Senior European Championships to be held in Tbilsi Georgia 2017. The closing date for submissions is 4pm on Wednesday 15th March 2017.
The application form can be found here
the selection procedure and policy can be found here
17.01.2017 FIE referee announced for Cadet and Junior European Championships - Plovdiv Bulgaria
British Fencing are pleased to announce that the FIE have selected Adrian Speakman as one of the FIE referees for the Cadet and Junior European Championships to be held in Plovdiv 28.02- 09.03.2017
11.01.2017 FIE referee announced for the Cadet and Junior World Championships - Plovdiv Bulgaria
British Fencing are pleased to announce that the FIE have selected Nick Payne as one of the FIE referees for the Cadet and Junior World Championships to be held in Plovdiv Bulgaria April 01-10-2017.
03.01.2017 U23 Championships - Minsk Belarus 20-25.04.2017 - updated closing date 04.01.2017
The EFC has announced the request for submission of referees that wish to be considered for the selection process for the U23 European Championships to be held in Minsk Belarus 20-25th April 2017. The closing date for submissions is 4pm on the 3rd February 2017.
The closing date for submissions is the 12th February 2017, in order to allow for the applications of visas.
03.01.2017 Eden Cup FIE Exams 14.12.2016
British Fencing are delighted to announce, that following the first mock FIE Foil exam held in November, Daniel Hazelwood, Chris Lennon and Alex Beardmore all passed their FIE exams held during the Eden Cup 2016.
03.01.2017 - Cadet and Junior Championships - Plovdiv 28.02-09.03.2017
Unfortunatley the only GBR referee that submitted an application for this, was not selected by the EFC for the Cadet and Junior Championships.
26.11.2016 EFC Announce submissions for referees for the Plovdiv Cadet and Junior Championships 28.02.- 09/03 2017
The EFC has announced the request for submission of referees that wish to be considered for the selection process for the Cadet and Junior European Championships to be held in Plovdiv from the 28.02-09.03 2017.
All referees need to be available from 27th February in order to attend the seminar, departure on 10th March, Referees, male and female, must have a FIE category in preferably two weapons.
The Plovdiv Organising Committee will cover all costs for travel, accommodation, visa and per diem; any additional costs have to be negotiated with the organisers in advance; all referees are insured for the whole period by the EFC/CEE policy.
The closing date for applications for this is December 8th 2016
2016/17 APPLICATIONS FOR EFC AND FIE JWC CIRCUIT REFEREES ANNOUNCED
British Fencing is pleased to announce that the selection of the 2016/17 referees for the nominated EFC cadet and JWCs has been completed. The finalised allocation can be seen here
The application process, policy and all associated documents (including the EFC and Junior calendars) are now available here.
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