Child Protection Policy
We believe that a child safety and welfare are always come first. Knightsbridge Fencing Club is committed to making sure that young people can enjoy fencing in a safe and fun environment.
We follow the Child Protection and Anti-Bullying policies of British Fencing. Our welfare officer is Tara Duffy and can be reached on 07776086911 or
Safety is our main priority. At Knightsbridge Fencing Club we require that all fencers must follow the equipment guideline stated below.
Personal Protective Equipment
BF has laid down standards for personal protective clothing to be worn.
These standards apply to fencing at competitions and everywhere else that fencing is taking place.
When sparring or competing fencers must wear full protective clothing –i.e. mask, jacket, breeches/trousers, plastron and glove as well as shoes, socks and, for women, chest guards.
Fencers are responsible for ensuring that their personal equipment is in a safe condition.
Fencers must wear masks of appropriate size conforming at least to the minimum safety standard of CEN Level 1 and bearing the appropriate CEN safety mark. Masks must be checked for the following weaknesses and defects, if necessary by a qualified armourer:
Weaknesses in the steel mesh, softness, holes or excessive deformation of the hard shell from the original shape.
ii) The bib not properly attached or revealing gaps between it and the mask, or curling up.
iii) Poor means of retention on the head, making the mask liable to come off. Fencers must wear a mask back-strap or some other approved method of mask retention.
Attempts must not be made to repair the steel mesh of a mask.
If the mask is weak or damaged, it must not be used.
Transparent masks are banned when fencing with steel blades.
Note that some competition organisers may demand standards that are more stringent than those laid down in this document.
A back-strap consists of elastic at least 35mm wide, secured to the mask side mesh at each end, passing UNDER any mask spring piece at the back, and tensioned to keep the mask firmly in place. It must stay fastened and tensioned during fencing.
1.3: Jackets & Breeches
i) Fencers must wear jackets of appropriate size conforming at least to the minimum safety standard of CEN Level 1 and bearing the appropriate CEN safety mark.
ii) Where breeches are required, fencers must wear breeches of appropriate size conforming at least to the minimum safety standard of CEN Level 1 and bearing the appropriate CEN safety mark
There should be a minimum of 10cms (4 inches) overlap between breeches and jacket when the fencer is on guard.
Jackets should fasten on the opposite side to the sword arm, or at the back.
Breeches should reach and stay below the knee whilst fencing.
If both fencers are using non-electric foil blades or, at all three weapons size 3 or smaller blades, breeches may be replaced by full-length trousers or tracksuit trousers of sufficiently strong material, provided all openings/pockets are zipped/ sewn/taped closed – see chart.
Clothing must not be used which is damaged, shows visible tears or weakened by excessive use.
Fencers must wear plastrons of appropriate size conforming at least to the minimum safety standard and bearing the appropriate CEN safety mark.
1.5: Chest Guards
It is compulsory for women to wear rigid chest protection. It is recommended that girls wear rigid chest protection (shaped or flat) from the age of ten or from the onset of puberty if earlier.
The gauntlet must be long enough to cover approximately half the forearm and remain over the sleeve of the jacket whilst fencing. Gloves must not have any opening other than the one for the body wire; they should be inspected regularly for any holes and tears. Gloves must comply with the minimum standards set out in the chart.
1.7: Socks and shoes
Socks should always be covered by the bottom of the breeches, so that no bare skin is showing. Suitable indoor trainer type shoes should be worn.
1.8: Fencing with foam or plastic weapons
1.8.1 For all fencing with foam or plastic weapons a plastic face-mask specifically designed for this purpose or a regulation fencing mask should be worn.
1.8.2 For fencing with plastic weapons a sleeved top should be worn and the legs should be covered at least down to knee level.
2.1 General Note
Weapons should be regularly inspected and checked to ensure they are in a safe, usable condition.
Blades should be observed and tested to ascertain if any portion displays obvious kinks or excessive plasticity that may lead to a break e.g., irregular or uneven curve or inability to correct such a bend by the usual straightening methods.
If blades develop sharp edges or splinters, these should be smoothed off with an emery cloth.
The end of the blade must be folded over onto itself or fashioned in one piece to form a button which, in the case of sabre blades, when viewed end on, must have a square or rectangular section of 4 mm. x 4 mm
2.2: Weapons - Blades
To reduce the risk of broken blades, never use a blade (or fence with someone who is using such a blade) if any portion displays obvious kinks or excessive plasticity that may lead to a break - e.g., irregular or uneven curve or inability to correct such a bend.
2.3: Weapons - Blades for children
Children under the age of ten should fence with weapon blades of size 0; children under the age of 14 should normally fence with weapon blades of size 3 or less, as required in competitions for their age. This will enhance their safety, comfort, technique and enjoyment of our sport.
2.4: Weapons - Tips
Weapon tips should conform to the FIE requirements. The point of a non-electric foil or épée (including a dummy electric foil blade) must be covered with a commercially produced plastic button in good condition or an integrated button.
2.5 Weapons – Guards
Continuous use of a weapon can leave sharp edges round the guard circumference, which are a potential hazard. Such guards must not be used. Guards which are dented enough to risk trapping a point must not be used.
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