Volunteers

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.

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.

Volunteer Vacancies Youth Weapon Co-ordinators (6)

BACKGROUND

Following the successful experience of sending Scotland’s U15 and U13 fencers to Challenge Wratislavia in 2014 and 2015, we have decided to increase the opportunities for Scotland representation at these age groups.  In order to support this initiative we need to recruit six volunteers as Youth Weapon Co-ordinators – one for each weapon.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMPETANCIES

PVG Clinic

Scottish Fencing will run a PVG clinic from 12 noon until 1.30pm on the 7 of February at Caledonia House (this is prior to the AGM). 

 

Scottish Fencing Needs Women Directors

Scottish Fencing is committed to having a truly representative Board of Directors that reflects the make-up of SF membership.  All of the current directors are male.

We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from women who feel they can contribute to the management and governance of Scottish Fencing. 

If you have any interest in making a contribution, in any way, please contact Roy Clarke roy@scottish-fencing.com or any other Board member for an informal discussion.

Scottish Fencing - Website Content Manager

SF require a volunteer to provide overall ‘content management' for their forthcoming new website.

Position will report to the SF board and responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure overall coherence of website content, style and messaging
  • Provide content/style guidelines and standards to all contributors
  • Partition content management tasks into different areas...
  • ...and identify/encourage appropriate volunteers for each area
  • Agree level of "editorial gating" (and therefore website editing permissions) for all contributors with approp
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