Fencing is becoming a more popular activity within Scouting. We have been working alongside British Fencing to make sure that our members can enjoy this activity and get the most out of it whilst still being safe.
The Core Coach training course is offered to members of Scouting at the heavily discounted price of £30 per person (normally £240pp) for up to 12 people per course. As part of the course you can get a kit bag for £440 (normally £636).
For more information and further FAQs, please visit British Fencing’s website.
Core Coach entitles the holder to instruct up to 12 youngsters with plastic or metal kit within the parameters of the Core Coach qualification. It does not entitle you to deliver individual lessons or anything beyond the content of the core coach course:
- Managing a groups session for beginners
- Delivering pre-prepared sessions using basic coach process skills
- Correct basic fencing techniques
- Understanding the social environment of the sessions
Whilst there is no specific qualification for foam fencing, a lot of the basic techniques for plastic and also metal sword fencing can be taught with a foam sword. We would recommend that if you are planning on delivering anything beyond taster sessions, you complete your 1 day Core Coach qualification to ensure you are safe, competent and confident in delivering fencing.
As long as you deliver within the parameters of the training provided, once you have passed the course you are covered under the normal Scout insurance for 'Scout led' activities. Your details are held on a separate British Fencing register, which insures you to run sessions for groups such as Girlguiding and other organisations who may require sessions running for them.
Activity instruction which is externally led is covered by the British Fencing National Governing Body certification, provided the coach is fully qualified).
The course has been designed to develop young peoples (aged 14+) leadership skills, using fencing as the vehicle to achieve this. The course structure is modular with a flexible delivery model to adjust to the needs of those young leaders involved. They should undertake an activity after the course to use the skills and qualities developed. By the end of the course the Explorers should:
- Be aware of their leadership skills and abilities
- Be able to continue developing their leadership skills using fencing based activities
- Be able to raise the profile of fencing within a young leadership role at their organisation
- Be able to inspire other become actively involved with fencing
For more information please visit British Fencing’s website.
Beavers - Health and Fitness Activity Badge, Sports Activity Badge
Cubs - Sports Enthusiast Activity Badge
Scouts - Physical Recreation Activity Badge, Master at Arms Activity Badge
Explorers - Physical Recreation Activity Badge.
British Fencing have mapped the Go Fence Bronze Badge to help count towards Scouting badges, as well as achieving the British Fencing Go Fence Bronze Award.
I've got a qualification to run fencing using the plastic kit, can I take things further?
Yes, you would need to enrol onto an Introduction to Fencing course which looks at the individual’s ability to coach the sport in more depth. This course covers technique and technical elements of the sport in more detail. Discover the courses.
If you wish to purchase a kitbag for your Scout group please email email@example.com. Please be aware that kitbags can take up to 6 weeks to arrive. Kitbags cost a heavily discounted rate of £440.
British Fencing publishes a monthly coach register which indicates the certification level of the individual by weapon. All British Fencing coaches listed have up to date disclosure checks, first aid and safeguarding and child protection certification.