22/02/2024- Club Digest

All the latest news and information for BF clubs


A New Home for Club Development


Buddle replaces ClubMatters as a one stop shop for development resources designed to support volunteers and professionals working in community sport.

The National Lottery funded programme will provide free learning and support resources to inspire and strengthen clubs and organisations offering sport and physical activity, as well the professionals that work with them.

Read more via Sport England here.

The resources provided by Buddle come in a range of different formats including workshops, online tutorials, videos, infographics, podcasts, guidance notes, quizzes, templates and self-help tools and website pages. They offer free, bite sized support, guidance and learning opportunities that cover eight core ares;

Develop and grow

Learn about planning, marketing, communications and engaging the community to help your organisation develop and grow.

Getting help from people

Learn about working with volunteers and staff, how to find and develop people, identifying tasks and roles, and meeting people’s needs.

Safety, welfare and wellbeing

Find out more about safeguarding and health and safety essentials to help keep your participants, volunteers and visitors safe and well.

Being inclusive

Find out more about creating welcoming and inclusive environments, connecting with your community and diversifying your offer.

Facilities and spaces

Find the perfect place for your group to meet up and get active.

Getting organised

So you want to kick off and set up a group? You’ll need to get organised!

Money matters

You’ll need to ensure that your finances are in great shape, too.

Environmental sustainability

How to ensure that your sports club or organisation is planet-friendly and lasts the distance.




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. An independent panel will then select the winners of the BF Awards 2022-2023.


The categories and awards for the 2022-23 Awards are:

Category: Athletes

  • Performance Athlete of the Year
  • Young Athlete of the Year (Junior/u20)

Category: Coaches

  • GBR Coach of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year

Category: Officials and Volunteers

  • Outstanding Contribution by a Referee
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer

Category: Clubs

  • Club of the Year
  • University Club of the Year

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 21st February at 5pm.

Nominate via the online form below:




British Fencing have changed the way that DBS checks are being undertaken for our fencing workforce in England and Wales. We have made the decision to move checking providers from Vibrant Nation to Know Your People (KYP).

Why are we making this change?

We were aware that many clubs were struggling with the management of the DBS process and this was taking a disproportionate amount of club resources. We were also aware that the previous process was creating some potential for checks either being delayed or being inaccurately carried out. It also created some gaps in the process which meant that there was the potential for checks to not be properly undertaken.

BF wants to make sure that the checking system is as foolproof as possible going forward.

What does this mean for you?

Checks will now be initiated centrally by British Fencing through KYP. You will need to apply to BF to start the process using this form: New DBS Check Request

BF will send you a link to start the check by email. You will then have the opportunity to undertake document verification in one of three ways.

The quickest way will be by digital ID verification. This means that everything can be done immediately without the need to involve anyone else and your check can be completed within around 15-20 mins.

The second route is to take your documentation to selected Post Offices, or the third route will be at selected BF events.

There is a small charge for each of these services.

What does this mean for clubs?

Clubs will no longer have to do checks and take the responsibility to do document verification.

How do I get a check now?

You will need to complete a new checks form which will then allow BF to send you a link to start the check. Once you have the link to the KYP platform you follow a simple and quick online process and if you have the right documents in place can be completed in around 15 to 20 mins.

The results of the check normally take around 24-48 hours to come through, and the certificate will follow shortly after.

Do I still need to register for the Online Update Service?

Yes, you do. This is completely separate to the KYP service and is now a requirement for anyone on a BF workforce register. You need to do this within 30 days of the date of your certificate directly with DBS.

I am already using the Online Update Service, do I need to do a new check through KYP?

No. The new system is for new DBS checks only, or those that have expired and you are not using the Online Update Service.

If you have any questions about the new process then please contact BF here: [email protected]



Check out the upcoming courses BF have that are available to book now;


  • ITCF PGL Windmill Hill 24-25.02.2024 (12 places available)
  • ITCF London 09-10.03.2024 (12 places available)
  • ITCF Bawdsey, at PGL Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk 30-31.03.2024 (12 places available)
  • ITCF PGL Winmarleigh Hall 23-24.03.2024 (12 places available)
  • ITCF Cambridge (in negotiation)
  • ITCF Manchester (in negotiation)
  • CFL2 London All Weapons (in negotiation)

For any coaching course queries, please contact [email protected].

Coaching Course Descriptions


  • SafeGuard Core- is a bespoke safeguarding training course designed for Coaches, Club Welfare Officers, Team Managers who need to renew their safeguarding certificates. Learn more.
  • SafeGuard Welfare Officer Training – is a course designed for people who have a designated role in safeguarding within a fencing setting (Club Welfare Officer). CWOs will need to complete the Core training in order to be fully registered.
    • SafeGuard Core 08.05.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (5 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 29.05.2024 – 18:00-21:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 22.06.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 10.07.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 30.07.2024 – 18:00-21:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 18.08.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 11.09.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 01.10.2024 – 18:00-21:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 27.10.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 15.11.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Core 04.12.2024 – 18:00- 21:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 24.03.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (3 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 10.04.2024 – 18:00-21:00 (7 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 11.05.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (11 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 06.06.2024 – 18:00-21:00 (10 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 07.07.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 01.08.2024 – 18:00-21:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 08.09.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 25.09.2024 – 18:00-21:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 19.10.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 04.11.2024 – 18:00-21:00 (12 places available)
    • SafeGuard Welfare Officer 08.12.2024 – 09:00-12:00 (12 places available)

To find out more details and to book your place or contact the relevant person please head to the website here.

Can’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know via our Expression of Interest Form.



Make sure all contacts on your club profile are up to date to ensure that the club is kept in the loop with all the latest information.

  1. CLUB ADMINS – Check your club details are up to date on the Sport80 membership platform. We are still getting a number of undelivered messages when we send emails, to club contacts. Please ask your club secretary to check and update the club profile if necessary.
  2. COACHES AND WELFARE OFFICERS – It’s a good time to check that all your coaches and welfare officers are up to date with their required certificates. Remember you can add them to our online Coach Register and Welfare Officer lists (see our requirements for coaches here and welfare officer guidance here).
  3. COVID-19 OFFICERS – We are requesting that clubs as part of their return to play practices appoint a COVID-19 Officer. To register your COVID-19 Officer on the membership platform please see instructions here.
  4. MEMBERS – Encourage your members to check their own details are up to date on the Sport80 membership platform.

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