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


Welsh Fencing (WF) follows the BFA Policy on Child Protection & Welfare.

Please refer to this link for the BFA policy on this topic.  

Welfare Officers

All Clubs offering fencing to under 18’s and vulnerable adults should have a Welfare Officer in place who is not connected to any coach within the club. All Welfare Officers should be DBS cleared, and preferably be members of Welsh Fencing at an appropriate level, eg Support, if not actively fencing.  For details on how to gain DBS clearance, please follow this link: DBS Registration

In case of difficulty, please contact the WF Welfare Officer.

The Welsh Fencing Conflict of Interest Policy can be found in the following document:


The Welsh Fencing Risk Management Policy can be found in the following document:


Welsh fencing purchase equipment (such as spools, scoring equipment, pistes etc) for use in Welsh Fencing promoted events.  This includes the full domestic Welsh Calendar, the Welsh Open, Senior 5 Nations, and any future events which may include Junior 5 Nations, Senior/Junior CFFC's.

It is the policy of the Board that this equipment not be available to clubs, event organisers or other Governing Bodies for their use in order to ensure its availability for the events for which it has been purchased.

Position statement of UK Sport, the British Olympic Association (BOA), the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and the Home Country Sports Councils (HCSC), Version 3, issued in December 2006-12-15

UK athletes are advised to be cautious and vigilant in their choice to use any supplement. No guarantee can be given that any particular supplement, including vitamins and minerals, ergogenic aids and herbal remedies is free from prohibited substances. It is important to be aware that some supplements have been found to contain prohibited substances that were not listed on the product label.

Welsh Fencing conform to British Fencing and Welsh Sports Council guidelines and policies.

Contact press/publicity officer Carl Difford with all results and information about other newsworthy fencing events involving clubs or individuals - reports or previews.

Please provide as much detail as you can and be as prompt as possible in order to meet the deadlines of the various publications and other media outlets supplied. Include pictures whenever relevant.

Journalists, photographers or researchers seeking information are also welcome to contact Carl via the above link.

Email contact: publicity@gwentswordclub.co.uk