Officials

2017 Club development grants - updated!

Following a review of earlier grant applications, Scottish Fencing recognise that many clubs have been deterred from applying for grants due to the requirement to reach a set target of members. 

We appreciate that many clubs cannot afford to lose money on these activities if they failed to reach their member target. 

In order to protect clubs from this Scottish Fencing will cover successful applicants’ costs to ensure they do not lose money on activities, so long as every new/returning fencer that attends an activity becomes a member of Scottish Fencing.

Contract for Services - Sports Development Consultant

Contract:          Contract for Services Consultancy Agreement work to be completed by 31 March 2018

Location:           to be agreed

Fees:                 £4000 - £5000 (dependant upon experience) plus agreed expenses

Closing date:      Midday Wednesday 13 December 2017

Interview dates: Likely 15 December 2017 but subject to change – tele-interview is also a possibility

2017 - Andy Alderman Leaves Scottish Fencing

Scottish Fencing is today announcing the departure of Andy Alderman from the role of Club Development Officer.

Andy leaves on 30 November having joined the Scottish Fencing staff in April 2016.  Andy is of course a well known personality in the Scottish Fencing community, thanks to his tireless work on the coaching and high performance side over several years.

In Safe Hands 1 and 2 - essential training for Club Welfare Officers

Wallace Fencing are running the "In Safe Hands" 1 and 2 Child Protection course at Linlithgow Academy on Saturday 21 October 10am - 1pm and Tuesday 24 October 5.30-9.30pm. Further details here:

http://bit.ly/2xNzcbh 

Scottish Fencing would encourage all Club Child Protection and Welfare officers to attend if they have not previously attended this training.

Referee Mentor Scheme

Refereeing in fencing, particularly for foil and sabre, is a skill which comes from a lot of practice and building on experience. Referees can improve their skills from constructive feedback of their performance and from observing current practice.

The ideal way to improve refereeing skills is not in a classroom setting but in competitions supported by a mentor who has gone through the process of seeking feedback and learning from experience.

Scottish Fencing has developed a mentor scheme to help those wishing to develop a career in refereeing.

PVG and Disclosure Checks

In light of the recent report into historical abuse in Scottish football, sportScotland has updated their advice on good governance in respect of PVG checks.

As a result Scottish Fencing would ask all members who are coaching or volunteering at their clubs to PVG through Scottish Fencing, even if they are already part of a scheme through an alternative source. 

There is no cost to this. Please email Liz and we will send you a form and instructions on what to do once your form is filled in.

Referee Development - training

Scottish Fencing is keen to move from the current referee education system which is based on qualifications and levels and which tests how well referees know the rules. Ideally a future system would gauge someone’s competency to referee in an event or competition based on the experience they have gathered and on peer review. (this is similar to the philosophy of the current coach education programme).

Coach Education Manager – thanks to Paul Neil-MacLachlan for his long service

After service to Scottish Fencing of more years than even he can remember (but at least 16), Paul Neil-MacLachlan has decided it’s time to retire from his position as Scottish Fencing’s Coach Education Manager. Paul played a key role in developing and delivering coach education in Scotland, including the highly successful Hungarian collaboration which trained many of our current senior coaches.

Obituary – Jean MacLardy

It is with much sadness that Scottish Fencing reports the passing of Jean MacLardy. Jean began fencing at a house wives group in 1971. From this beginner’s introductory class she went onto pass her SAFU and BAF coaching exams. She coached many youngsters in her time starting some international fencers on their paths to success. She ran fencing clubs at St Margarets School and Scotus Academy to name just two. As well as coaching she was an active committee member standing on the Scottish Schools Committee.

Annual Equality Survey - Why it matters

As part of our commitment to equality and to demonstrate that Scottish Fencing meets the equality related governance standards set by sportScotland, we are required to collect and report equality statistics.

British Fencing will collect this data on our behalf by conducting an online, anonymous Equality Survey. This was emailed to all members on the 2 June 2016.

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