Info for Parents

What is fencing about? Once your child has expressed a wish to learn fencing and joined the club you will soon be faced with all sorts of fencing jargon and when you watch a fight just how to those points get scored? The Parents Fencing Survival Guide 2015 has all the answers including the difference between the weapons, explanation of “right of way”, a glossary of terms and what to do about competitions.

SwordMark is British Fencing’s Club Accreditation Programme which shows that clubs have demonstrated a minimum level of operating standards in working with young people and offer a safe and supportive club environment.

SwordMark is based on Sport England’s Clubmark Accreditation Programme and includes all their Clubmark criteria.

Blackheath Fencing Club is implementing these standards and hopes to achieve accreditation in the next few months.

You can read more about SwordMark on the British Fencing website

As parents or carers you do need to be aware of some of the SwordMark policies so we have put them together in a Parents Pack for you to download. It contains six documents but they are in print this size and only the Welcome Letter goes into a second page.These are:

  • Welcome letter
  • Child Protection policy (short version!)
  • Code of Practice for parents and carers
  • Code of Practice (ie rules) for junior members (please discuss these with your child)
  • The anti-bullying policy and
  • Equity Policy statement

When you register for membership you will be stating that you have read these!

We are a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. There are many small (and not so small) things you can do to help so become a volunteer and help bring this exciting sport to youngsters. You can find out more about that on the Volunteer page.