Code of practice

Code of practice for members of the club’s committee

All Oxford Fencing Club committee members should:

  • Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part,
    promote fair play and considerate conduct
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and ensure that all personal fencing equipment meets the relevant safety requirements
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by British Fencing and the club
  • Never exert undue influence over club members to obtain personal benefit or reward
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances
  • Encourage participants to value their performances and not just results
  • Encourage and guide participants to take responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

Code of practice for parents and carers

Parents and carers of club junior members should:

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
  • Help your child to recognize good performance, not just results
  • Never force your child to take part in sport
  • Set a good example by recognizing fair play and applauding good performances by all participants
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgements
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them enjoy their sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Encourage participation throughout the session, and encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance, behaviour and preparation for participation, including wearing the correct kit as set out in the club’s rules.