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 junior members

Oxford Fencing Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. It is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should at all times show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Members should share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with a member of the committee.
Junior members of Oxford Fencing Club are expected to:

  • Play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity
  • Wear suitable kit that meets club and British Fencing regulations—mask (350N), jacket (350N), plastron (800N), breeches (350N, for sabre, épée and electric foil), glove—at all times when fencing
  • Pay membership and course fees promptly.
  • Junior members may not: smoke, or consume alcohol or drugs of any kind while on club premises or representing the club at competitions.

Responsibility for junior members and other children

Oxford Fencing Club aims to encourage younger members to enjoy their sport, and to develop their skills in a supportive environment. This statement describes the club’s key expectations for behaviour and the measures it will take to ensure junior members participate in the best possible conditions. The club considers junior members to be those aged under 18.
  • Parents and carers are ultimately responsible for the safety and behaviour of junior members during club sessions.
  • Oxford Fencing Club will take all reasonable measures to ensure that fencing and organized training activities during its sessions are conducted safely.
  • Participants should wear the appropriate protective clothing while fencing.
  • The club expects junior members to participate in training activities organized during sessions unless they are fencing or having a lesson with a coach.
  • The club reserves the right to exclude any member whose behaviour is unsafe or otherwise unacceptable from an activity, from a club session, or from the club altogether. Malicious damage to club equipment or the property of the school will be treated with the greatest seriousness.
  • Children not participating in fencing or other related training may only attend the club if accompanied by an adult at all times, even if they are members.
  •  No junior fencer aged 13 or below who is not a member of the club may attend unaccompanied by a parent/carer.
  • The club’s youth officer and coaches will oversee fencing and training activities to ensure that safety guidelines are followed and behavioural standards are maintained.
  • Concerns regarding safety and the behaviour of club members should be addressed to the coaches, the youth officer or a member of the committee.
  • See also the club rules for more detail on the standards the club expects.


Revised March 2013

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.