BF are commited to creating environments for young fencers to express themselves, where they are treated as individual people, in environments free from fear and harassment, where fencers are empowered.
BF are also committed to providing development opportunities to allow young fencers the space to develop the resilience to enable them to perform at their best.
As part of this process the Cadet and Junior Nationals will be following the Field of Play rules which are implemented at the Cadet and Junior World Championships. Referees and Fencers will be the only participants in the field of play during the poules and in the direct elimination phase of the competition only one accredited individual will be able to be present piste-side to support any one athlete. For more information including how to apply for accreditation click here.
For this to work well coaches must demonstrate a high degree of competence, honesty, and integrity in the way that they behave – towards all athletes, coaches, parents and officials. These behaviours are necessarily underpinned by sound core values. Coaches must recognise the needs and wants of the fencer and help the fencer achieve their goals on and off the piste. This is implicit in good coaching practice and promotes a professional image of the sport of fencing.
This is recognised within the sports coaching industry as the professional standard and is expected to be demonstrated by all coaches listed on their NGB coaching Coach Register.
In addition to domestic competition Coach Accreditation BF are introducing a system to accredit GBR coaches that wish to accompany GBR fencers in a personal coach capacity to nominated Cadet and Junior International events including EFC U17s and FIE Junior World Cups. Coaches attending international events are expected to act as role models for the professional standards implicit in the BF Coach Register.
Coaches wishing to be accredited for Nominated Junior World Cups and Junior Nominated Satellites should complete this form.
Coaches wishing to be accredited for Nominated EFC U17 events should complete this form.
Coaches wishing to accompany athletes in a personal coach capacity for FIE events must have undergone the online anti-doping training course Coach Clean within the last three years. For more information please see this announcement.
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