Registration for club membership of British Fencing costs from £40, if the club signs up to auto renewal, and £45 for non-auto renewal. There is an additional £5 charge for both options for clubs that affiliate to Northern Ireland.
Prices for club affiliation are deliberately low as the sport operates on an individual membership system, where all individuals participating in the sport at all levels are expected to join the National Governing Body. In doing so, they contribute to both the benefits that they receive (eg individual and club insurance) and the services that support the sport (eg safeguarding, coach and club development).
BF affiliated community clubs are expected to ensure that all fencers and volunteers participating in a club hold a valid individual membership of BF. A community club is a club that accepts members from the community – rather than a club that is solely run for pupils of a particular school or university.
Club secretaries registered on sport80 can access an online lookup facility to check individual memberships.
Individual non-members, even if they are fencing in member clubs or under the instruction of registered BF coaches are NOT afforded the insurance benefits of members except in specific circumstances. Permitting non-members to participate (other than as described in the Membership Benefits) may invalidate the public liability insurance of the club.
Clubs running community events must ensure that the events are licensed (for many events this is free of charge) and BF membership rules followed as appropriate.
Clubs must run all their activities within the rules, policies and procedures of British Fencing.
All clubs must have a named Welfare Officer, independent of the coaching structure. For more information visit BF’s Welfare & Safeguarding Zone here.
In the case of clubs of Education Institutions (eg Schools) exclusively for pupils of that institution, the welfare contact can be the institution’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (who does not need to be a BF member).
In line with the NSPC Child Protection in Sport minimum standards, the Club Welfare Contact must be clearly identifiable on any club website and be listed in the club profile on sport80.
Clubs are expected to list their coaches on their website and these coaches MUST be on the BF Coach Register. Coaches giving lessons must be Level 2.
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