• New standards for club coaches
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Talented Coach Programme
  • High performance degrees at Stirling University
  • Open Day Launch - Sunday 18th December


Scottish Fencing is aiming to develop a world class coaching programme and is set to launch it’s coach development strategy for 2017-2021.  Two years in development and in conjunction with SportScotland and Stirling University, the NEW coach development programme is one that is fit for purpose for the modern game.

The sportScotland Positive Coaching workshops will provide the driving philosophy behind the coach education.  In this way Scottish Fencing hopes to acknowledge that every parent, volunteer, administrator and coach involved in supporting and inspiring any fencer to attain their goals is contributing to the overall effort.

The new coaching programme is one that is based on a system that top class coaches around the world use every day.  It aims to teach new coaches the fundamentals of how to develop performance athletes, moving from a strong understanding of technique and timing, through  to preparing fencers for competitive fencing, developing national squads and to producing high performance athletes.  It also covers an introduction to the sports sciences and how they can directly support the coach to help the fencer achieve their aims.

Level 1 and Level 2 courses introduce new coaches to the concepts of technique and timing and will be suitable for most club and schools-based assistant coaches.  Level 1 courses are delivered over 1 weekend, at the end of which the coach will be qualified to lead a beginners class and introduce them to the basics.  The Level 2 course requires a much higher technical knowledge and understanding of distance and timing.  For experienced fencers, L2 can be achieved in around 3 months including attendance on two weekend courses and continuous development in a club environment.  

The Level 3 course looks at competitive fencing and will teach the coach how to prepare the fencer to deal with tactical situations.  We believe the level 3 course sets the standard for lead club coaches.  There is a significant amount of related reading to be done in the coach’s own time, as well as attendance on three weekend courses and continuous development under a national coach.  To assist with this, Scottish Fencing is to introduce it’s Talented Coach Programme.  Coaches working towards their Level 3 award can take advantage of continuous professional development opportunities to be run alongside and in conjunction with the Scottish Fencing Academy.

The Scottish Fencing Coach Development Programme culminates in the opportunity for coaches to qualify with the PGdip and MSc in Performance Coaching at Stirling University.  Level 4 and Level 5 courses will focus on the skills to develop national squads and high performance athletes respectively.

Scottish Fencing will launch the new programme with an open day, 10am-4pm, on 18th December 2016 at Salle Ossian Fencing Club, Unit 4 Riverview Business Park, Friarton Road, Perth, PH2 8DF.  There will be an overview of the programme presented and some demonstrations, but also an opportunity to try out elements of the new programme, so please feel free to bring along fencers to practice with.  We will provide lunch.

We will post future dates for courses soon, but for the remainder of the 2016-17 planning year, we have pencilled in:

21-22 January 2017

4- 5 March 2017

25-26 March 2017


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