Coach Profile: Michael Belfourd
Coaching Focus (Community, Development or Performance)
Last CPD Course With Year
Beazley British Fencing National Club and Coach Conference ^ October 2013. British Fencing Safeguarding and Team Manager Training 31 January 2015
Coaching Rates Group Individual
My Coaching Philosophy
I learnt to fence in Edinburgh under Prof Bert Bracewell, being awarded a Blue from Heriot-Watt University and representing Scottish Universities at epée. Whilst at university I qualified as a fencing coach in all three weapons through the Scottish Fencing coaching exams. On moving to England, I was registered by British Fencing as a County Coach for foil, epée and sabre then was classified by England Fencing as a Level 3 coach in all three weapons after gaining the British Academy of Fencing's Intermediate qualification. I have been on the coaches' register since its inception.
I coached at Bromley Fencing Club for many years instructing both adults and youngsters until it suspended operations in 2018, and fenced at Streatham Fencing Club from 2010 to 2019. I kept up to date by participating in British Fencing's coaching conferences, attendance at British Fencing AGMs and spectating at domestic and international competitions.
I have continued to renew my DBS enhanced certificate and attend NSPCC Safeguarding courses run by Coaches UK.