15/06/2020- FAQs, Guides and Resources

Sample Outdoor Coaching Risk Assessment

BF publishes sample outdoor risk assessment to help community coaches who have restarted or intend to restart outdoor training.

Recently BF held a Community Discussion Event with coaches that are currently delivering or intend to deliver outdoor training. This was an opportunity for coaches to share best practice and identify new risks and mitigation plans.

Following this event BF has been working with a number of those present to create a sample risk assessment:


This can be used by coaches which highlights a number of areas that coaches should be thinking about.

This is not a comprehensive risk assessment. It is intended to provide examples of how the additional risks presented by COVID-19 and outdoor training could be managed. This risk assessment has been written in such a way that the parents and participants are included as the audience, and thus the document can also be used as part of the process to educate, inform and address concerns. This is only one of several options for style and layout, whichever one you select the most important point is that risks are identified and minimised.

Please note that there is currently no change to BF guidelines on outdoor sessions. (England, Scotland, Wales, NI = No one-on-one fencing lessons and no sparring unless between members of the same household)

As always, we will continue to update our COVID-19 advice here, with dedicated pages for clubs and coaches. You can also subscribe to our new weekly summary email featuring the previous week’s latest news and announcements. Sign up here.

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