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 Refereeing Committee (RefCom). More details on the Committee (Terms of Reference, members) can be found here
RefCom are directly involved in and monitor the development, education and disciplinary process of all referees.
The British Fencing Executive Assitant is responsible for administrative aspect of the Referee Pathway Process
The RefCom member responsible for allocating international referee selections is Pat Casey
The RefCom 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.
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 Bulgaria February 28-March 09-2017.
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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