Complaints and Discipline Procedure

Everyone in the club has a responsibility to behave with respect towards others and our equipment and facilities. If you have any concerns or complaints regarding the behaviour of one of our members, you should contact the club chairperson or welfare officer using the information on the Contact Us page.

Every complaint will be investigated by the club committee. Where the complaint is about a member of the committee, the remaining club officers will handle any investigation. We will speak with both parties in the complaint, and will ask each for their point of view. If you feel that this would not be appropriate, you may also contact British Fencing (our National Governing Body) through their website.

Following its investigation, the club committee will decide on how to proceed. For disciplinary matters, the committee reserves the right to suspend or terminate the membership or anyone who we believe has not followed the club codes of conduct. Furthermore, if we believe illegal activity might have occurred, we will speak with the relevant agency.

Right to Appeal

If a member disagrees with the committee’s decision, they have the right to appeal. Appeals will be heard by the club committee (excluding any who are the subject of a complaint), and we may also ask committee members from another local club, Southern region or a representative from British Fencing to ensure impartiality. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.