Page Updated 26/04/2024

This page contains a summary of the GBR Weapon Group Terms of Reference, which includes the responsibilities.

Purpose: The GBR Weapon Groups were set up to guide the development of weapon performance in the UK through a collaborative approach to coach and athlete development, training, selection, and preparation for competition.

Scope: The scope is within British Fencing ADP/GBR Programme (including specific nominated international and domestic competitions)


  1. Giving direction and support to the future development of the weapon from cadet through to senior level
  2. Providing leadership and guidance in the development of the ADP programme, shaping the deliverables across camps, competitions and other athlete development opportunities (including online education)
  3. Setting and improving standards at ADP camps and competitions
  4. Advising on relevant BF Policy development
  5. Supporting the delivery of funding body requirements (UK Sport Progression and Sport England Talent)
  6. Submission of nominations for selections at all age groups (Selection still being performed by the Selectors)
  7. Profiling athletes to pathways stages, reviewing IADPs, identifying athlete acceleration and transition support opportunities
  8. Sharing insight from the international level and the subsequent requirements/impact on domestic training and competition.
  9. Proposing updates to the GB Style (3Ps)
  10. Identifying risks and issues and escalating as appropriate


The group membership is based on roles, appointments and availability within the BF weapon community and will be reviewed annually before the start of the international season.

Foil 2023-24 – original news post here. The Foil working group includes the following coaches:

  • Peter Barwell
  • Keith Cook
  • Richard Kruse
  • Ben Peggs
  • Linda Strachan

Board Director: (TBC)


Sabre 2023-34 – original news post here. The Sabre working group includes the following coaches:

  • Balazs Kurucz
  • Jon Salfield
  • Fran Whalley
  • James Williams

Board Director: Pat Aiyenuro


Epee 2023-34 – original news post here. The Epee working group includes the following coaches:

  • Ian Lichfield
  • Lindsay Bottoms
  • Bence Juhazs
  • Ian Lichfield
  • Oana Puiu
  • Pavel Rynes

Board Director: (TBC)


If you are an ADP coach interested in joining the working group, please contact [email protected], and we will send you details of how to apply. Applicants are expected to have evidence of building athlete development programmes to support medal-winning performances at major championships and evidence that they are engaged in personal development (for example, a current coaching health check).







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