Coach Accreditation

(Last Updated 11.02.24)

BF are committed to creating environments for 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.

This commitment will be delivered through the adoption of field of play rules for certain events, alongside accreditation checks to ensure that those coaches supporting athletes are suitably qualified for the environments they are operating in.

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.


Field of Play & Accreditations for National Events

BF has adopted field of play rules for its major events. These field of play rules will follow the principles implemented at Cadet, Junior and Senior 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.

The links to apply for event specific accreditations will be included in the event details for each event.

To be eligible for a coach accreditation the coach must be on the BF Coaching Register.


GBR Accreditation

In addition to domestic competition Coach Accreditation, BF operates a system to accredit GBR coaches that wish to accompany GBR fencers in a personal coach capacity to FIE & EFC events.

Coaches attending international events are expected to act as role models for the professional standards implicit in the BF Coach Register.

Requirements for coaching at specific events:

All EFC and FIE events – Coaches must have undergone the online anti-doping training course Coach Clean within the last three years. For more information please see this announcement.

All FIE events – Coaches are required (by the FIE) to have an FIE licence. BF is required by the FIE to ensure such coaches are suitably checked and qualified.

Coaches wishing to be accredited for FIE Junior World Cups and Junior Nominated Satellites should complete this form.

Coaches wishing to be accredited for Nominated EFC U17 should complete this form.

Coaches wishing to be accredited for Senior Satellites and Senior World Cups and Grand Prixs should complete this form.

Coaches based overseas should complete the application form found here and return it to [email protected].  BF membership and anti-doping requirements will still be applicable. Coaches based overseas should apply for FIE Coach licences through their National Federations who will be responsible for safeguarding/security checks.

Information for coaches seeking to accompany athletes to major events. 

Questions on this page and process should be sent to [email protected]

BF reserve the right to remove accreditations from coaches as a ‘without prejudice’ measure, in the event that they are being investigated under the BF safeguarding, disciplinary or complaint procedures.


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