23/12/2022- Club Digest


BF has been working to create an email journey for new members to introduce them to the world of Fencing and all thing British Fencing.

The journey will take place initially across the Introduction 90 day membership with a new email full of exciting content every couple of weeks. The plan is to then roll out the initiative across all membership types.

Topics will include learning more about what BF has to offer both within the website and to its members. The journey will educate around fencing specifics such as kit required and the rules of the sport as well as engagement from other areas of BF, such as our project with Muslim Girls Fence and our new focus around Disability Fencing.

There will also be helpful pointers around sport80 profiles and the importance of keeping them up to date and the courses that BF offer covering welfare, refereeing and event organising.

The new look Explore Fencing website will feature heavily as it continues to grow with information on Fencing and the Fencing world designed for newcomers to the sport.

Keep an eye out in the new year for the launch.



In light of the recommendations of the Whyte Review the Board of BF requested a report on the status of Welfare provision in all BF affiliated fencing clubs in order that BF can target support for improvements.

The welfare of all participants in fencing is a priority for British Fencing and trained Club Welfare Officers (required for all affiliated clubs) play a critical role in creating safe and inclusive environments where people can enjoy fencing.

The recently published Whyte Review sets out recommendations which the BF Board is currently considering.

It is recognised that COVID has had an impact on our volunteer workforce and as such clubs may be experiencing challenges with recruiting and training Welfare Officers. It is a priority to urgently identify and work with our clubs to address any gaps in provision.

The audit was sent out to clubs in November 2022, thank you to all clubs who have returned thier entry. If you have not had your say please email [email protected].



BF’s GB league kicked off with a new season at the start of October. After a successful first year we really want to boost the capacity of this season’s league by inviting as many of our affiliated clubs as possible to get involved.

Registering a GB League Fixture is easy, all you need to do is tell us when you would like to run your fixture, what format you are doing (5 Hit or 15 Hit) and which weapon. From there BF will create the fixture and provide you with an entry link so participants can sign up easily.

Running a Fixture:

  1. Check everyone has a BF Recreational level membership and a free Playwaze profile (profiles are created at the moment of sign up to the fixture).
  2. The simplest way to run a fixture is to print out/draw/put on a whiteboard a blank poule unique (BF have assets you can use or design your own). Have participants record their scores (clearly!) and send a screenshot or photo to BF and they can upload the results for you. A designated GB League Leader can also do this themselves – just get BF to update your access level on Playwaze.
  3. Watch the points build up!

There is a lot of flexibility within running a fixture, it has been designed as such to work with your regular club sessions. BF are always on hand to help with technical questions or provide support.

If you would like to chat through how best the GB League can be used at your club then feel free to book some time in directly with Hannah, just email some suitable dates/times to [email protected].





If you are considering starting your coaching journey in 2023, don’t miss the chance to book any Introduction to Coaching Fencing course with a 10% discount during the festive season. The discount code ITCF10 will be valid until 5th January, midnight.

Currently, five ITCF courses are scheduled in the Upcoming Courses calendar:

  • ITCF Canterbury 28-29.01.2023 (Foil, Epee, Sabre)
  • Online ITCF Swindon 18.02.2023 (Foil, Epee, Sabre) – booking deadline: 21/01/2023
  • Online ITCF Cardiff 18.02.2023 (Foil, Epee, Sabre) – booking deadline: 21/01/2023
  • Online ITCF London 19.02.2023 (Foil, Epee, Sabre) – booking deadline: 22/01/2023
  • Online ITCF Nottingham 11.03.2023 (Foil, Epee, Sabre) – booking deadline: 26/01/2023

To book visit the links available on the new post here



Call It Attitude is an in-depth guide for athletes, parents, coaches and supporters that describes the journey through BF’s Sport England funded Athlete Development Programme (ADP). The ADP recruits fencing athletes who wish to work towards representing their country from Cadet (U17) level through to when a fencer might retire from high-level competitive fencing in their mid-thirties. Call It Attitude describes what an athlete and their support team can expect at each stage, with information and practical advice for each step of the journey.

As well as guidance, Call It Attitude seeks to illustrate the meaning behind BF’s philosophy of a ‘Fencer-Centred, Development-Driven, Competition-Supported’ programme that lies at the heart of fencing’s long-game and places the fencer firmly at the heart of every objective. Fencers and their support networks of coaches, clubs and families are encouraged to be the best versions of themselves and to place trust in the process, priming everyone to achieve fulfilling outcomes in the sport. Key to Call It Attitude is the title of the document itself. The phrase showcases the unifying yet purposeful mentality that defines a GBR fencer, affording them a sustainable battle cry.

Dusty Miller, BF’s Head of People and Culture said, “The purpose of Call It Attitude is to help us understand that each person’s participation in fencing is unique but our experiences should have commonalities such as mutual respect, excellence and a never-ending enjoyment of our beautiful sport. It is here to help us all understand our role and participation within the sport is of equal importance; the philosophy of being Fencer-Centred, Development-Driven and Competition-Supported will go a long way to helping us all have a long-lasting participation in fencing.”

Crafted upon BF’s values of Honesty, Respect and Excellence, Call It Attitude features Our Commitment which is BF’s anthem to core understanding, worded to communicate the underlying qualities that make up an effective athlete mindset.

Steve Kemp, BF’s Head of Pathways says, “Culture helps to determine a team’s focus, establishes the norms of acceptable behaviour and directly influences an organisation or team’s functioning and performance. Our Commitment, part of the Call It Attitude guide, was created by the athletes. Their input helps drive the culture that will support sustained optimal performance, persist across time in the face of variable results and lead to consistent high performance.”

BF’s CEO Georgina Usher said, “As we move forward to Paris 2024 and beyond it is important that we have a living, breathing testament to the high-performance fencing space, which keeps pace with our sport and sets out the framework under which we all, as fencers, parents, coaches, officials and staff, develop and seek success for ourselves and others, both within and through fencing.”

Call It Attitude has been designed as a consultative document that will evolve over time. British Fencing is actively inviting feedback from the GBR community on what they wish to see in the handbook, and how they think Call It Attitude should mirror their aspirations and experiences. Revised editions will be released as the guide evolves.


Call It Attitude is an eighty-four page document available as a pdf in single or double page format for readers to view, download and print. It is best viewed on a desktop computer, but can be downloaded to a mobile phone.

To view on a computer (recommended):

  1. Click on the link above to open the Call It Attitude album.
  2. Click on the version you would like to view – single and double page spreads are available depending on how you would like to view the document.
  3. Click Open to view the pdf.
  4. Please wait for the document to load the first time you click to Open.
  5. View, download and print the document from the viewing screen.
  6. You can zoom in, change the view or save the document from your viewing screen.

To view on a mobile phone:

  1. Click on the link above to open the Call It Attitude album.
  2. Click on the version you would like to view – single and double page spreads are available depending on how you would like to view the document.
  3. Click the download icon to download and view the pdf.


The annual British Fencing Community Awards recognise the best of our clubs, coaches, fencers, and volunteers and their contribution to fencing.

BF members (all membership types) can nominate members of the community via the online nomination form. From the nominations, a shortlist of nominees will be produced and announced online. An independent panel will then select the winners of the BF Awards 2021-2022.

Please read the criteria laid out for each award in advance, you will be required write comments along with the nomination in order to give a full picture of each nominee.

The Award categories for the 2021-2022 Awards are:

  • Performance Athlete of the Year
  • Young Athlete of the Year (Junior/u20)
  • GBR Coach of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Referee
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer
  • Club of the Year
  • Community Club of the Year
  • University Club of the Year
  • Fencing Personality of the Year
  • Viveca Abrahams Memorial Innovation Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

The closing date for nomination is Friday 6th January 2023 at 5pm.

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