Welsh Fencing

Proposed New Welsh Patch

Over the last few days, we have been running a poll over the proposed design of a new patch.  It has generated a lot of comment, both through email and through social media in general. 

It's clear that we didn't get this right, so we have 'pulled' the poll and are proposing an alternative approach to ensure we get a broader input from the Membership, both in terms of design and in selection.

Our intention is to offer you all the opportunity to submit your thoughts over a proposed design, whether that is to retain the existing design, to use a traditional design, or to use a more modern style.  You are also invited to submit your own designs.  Please submit those designs and ideas to me by 21st December, 2017.

Clearly, there will be more designs than we can reasonably submit for public selection.  We therefore propose to establish an independent selection panel, who will be charged with reducing down all those ideas submitted to a more manageable number for public selection.  That selection panel needs to be representative of all members of Welsh Fencing. The Board will have the final decision over who is on that Selection Panel, but only to ensure it is fully representative.  The Selection Panel will have the final decision on the designs to be submitted to the Membership.  If you are interested in being involved in that selection panel, please let me know, again by 21st December.

Mark Ridsdale
(mark.ridsdale@welshfencing.org)

 

A number of Coaching Development Sessions have been scheduled:

To book onto one of these sessions, please click the link & complete the form

Welsh Fencing has recognised the need to revisit and update its strategy for Youth Development within the sport.

Welsh Fencing will be adopting a new coaching strategy to help meet the needs of the coaching community and, in turn, the fencers they serve.

You can find a VMOST summary of our objectives here:

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The practical outcomes of these objectives is that coach education in Wales will be delivered through a combination of assessment courses, coaching seminars, and individual mentoring.

Welsh Fencing is aligning with the BF coaching framework to ensure our members have access to a system of recognised qualifications and development opportunities.

You can find a full summary of the new framework here: Download

I want to get into coaching in Wales. How should I start?

Firstly, it's great that your interested in starting coaching and giving something back to the sport! Welsh Fencing will try and offer you all the support you need to make the transition from student to teacher. It's important to remember that taking up coaching doesn't mean you have to stop fencing yourself - Indeed, staying in touch with the competitive side of the sport in an important part of being a good coach to your students.

The first thing you'll need to do is find a coach mentor, assuming your already based in a Welsh club, approach the lead coach and explain your interest. They will be the one who knows you best and will be able to offer advice, guidance, and instruction. If you don't have a club, you can find a list of mentors who may be able to help here. Remember you must be under the supervision of a level 2 or higher to practice coaching in the UK.

Once you've had a go at your own club you can start attending the regular coaching seminars run by Welsh Fencing. These happen across the country and you can find details of upcoming sessions on the Welsh Fencing calendar. These will help you prepare for your initial ITCF (introduction to coaching fencing) course, and expose you to new ideas and teaching methods.

Remember, the key to improving is lots of practice and good feedback.

I'm qualified under the old system, will my award still be valid?

Yes. The new coaching framework does not invalidate qualifications gained under the old BF, or BAF systems. You are, of course, welcome to attend the new course though to help your own development.

I'm a level 1 coach, can I run my own club?

No. All level 1 awards, whether gained through BF, WF, or BAF are only intended as assistant coaching qualifications. This means you need to coach under the observation of a level 2+ coach, and so should not run a club independently (except with Go-Fence plastic kit).

We know that this is an issue for a number of clubs in Wales, so have arranged for a transition period for everyone to become compliant. Clubs have until July 2018 to ensure their coaches are of an appropriate level and have received the required first aid/child protection training, plus DBS checks. During this times Welsh Fencing is committed to supporting clubs to make these changes. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require any help.

I'm already a qualified coach, what should I do?

Welsh Fencing values the wealth or experience and knowledge in our current coaching workforce. We'd like you to not only use your skills in your own club, but also to help contribute to the region as a whole! Are you happy to become a coach mentor for your area? Can you run sessions at coaching seminars or development sessions? Can you encourage some of your own students to become coaches? Please get in touch and get involved!

We're also keen to make sure our qualified coaches have on-going development opportunities. We know you want to be the best coach you can be for your students and we are here to support you to do this. This could be through linking up with a local mentor you feel can help you individually (list here), or attending seminars and working with our team of coach educators. We would also encourage you to attend training outside of Wales/the UK. Whatever route/s you select, we are here to help you. Contact us, or talk to a member of the coach education team.

The list below, which will be updated each month, shows those WF Coaches who are coaching in Wales, and are on the British Coaches Register, and therefore insured to coach. Entry onto the list also requires that the coach must have current certification showing the coach has DBS (previously CRB), must hold an Emergency First Aid at Work, or First Aid at Work (6 hr course only one acceptable) in the last 3 years – A Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate in the last 3 years, and must be a current member of British Fencing. Only those over 18 years of age may be on the Register.

Unless listed below, Coaches are not covered for their activity, and it is the responsibility of clubs to only use/employ Registered Coaches.