Paul Willmott is the nominated COVID-19 Officer at Northampton Fencing Club
The club will reopen on Thursday 6th August 2020, following the BFA return to fencing protocols. All fencers and parents/guardians of fencers must read adhere to these instructions. This page will be updated with any changes in protocols as advised by BFA.
Fencers who are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or who are self-isolating must not attend the club.
Fencers wishing to attend a session must complete a pre-session health survey and e-mail the survey to email@example.com before every session. The survey can be downloaded from https://www.britishfencing.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Sample-Pre-Session-Health-Survey.docx
Where the fencer is under the age of 18 the form must be completed by a parent or guardian.
The pre-session survey will be kept securely by the club for 21 days after the session.
Fencers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by only one parent or guardian to minimise numbers within the hall.
An attendance register will be kept to record the names and contact details of all persons present each evening, i.e. fencers, parents, coaches. The register will be kept for 21 days and may be provided to any public health organisation, if requested, for the purposes of track and trace.
If fencers or parents/guardians cannot immediately enter the hall, you must not wait in the foyer. Please wait outside the building, maintaining social distancing.
Until further notice club opening hours are as follows:
- Juniors (under 16) 7.00pm-8.15pm. At the end of the session fencers and parents/guardians must leave immediately to minimise contact with the next session.
- Seniors 8.30pm-9.45pm. Do not arrive earlier to minimise the risk of contact with the previous session. The club will close at 9.45pm to enable equipment and clothing to be sanitised.
All fencers must bring their own sanitising hand gel with them to each session. Face masks must be worn by all fencers, parents/guardians, and club officials when in the fencing hall.
The changing rooms and showers are not available and fencers must attend the session ready to fence.
Parents/guardians may sit in front of the climbing wall or against the wall on the left hand side of the fencing hall. They must maintain a 2-metre distance from other parents and fencers not from their household
Before each session the COVID-19 Officer will undertake a COVID-19 briefing to all those in the hall to clarify, answer questions and complete a pre-session safety check of the hall. This safety check will be kept for a minimum 21 days.
There will be no group stretching, no warm up games and no group footwork to minimise the risk of contact. Fencers must undertake individual stretching before fencing and may undertake individual footwork. This must be done whilst maintaining social distancing.
All fencers, parents/guardians, coaches and other Club Officers must wear a face mask when not fencing. All coaches must wear a face mask when coaching (unless giving a one to one lesson).
Fencers may wear a mask or mask liner for low intensity training. Participants, coaches and fencers must monitor breathing and heart rate and take regular breaks.
A face mask or mask liner must be worn during sparring. Participants must monitor their breathing and heart rate during sparring.
Masks, gloves, jackets and chest protectors must not be used by another fencer during the evening. Before using a club mask use the anti bacterial wipes supplied to wipe the inside of the mask.
After using a club mask, jacket, glove or chest protector place the item in the identified “quarantine” area. Kit left in this area must not be reused by another fencer that evening.
Club body wires and the handles of weapons must be sanitised with the provided wipes before and after use. These items may be reused during the evening but must be sanitised.
Fencers who have their own clothing should wash it between fencing sessions.
On arrival all fencers will be allocated a “bubble” of no more than 6 fencers. Fencers must not fence anyone not in their bubble. The bubble details will be recorded and may be referred to if needed by any public health body.
Four pistes will be used, the two at each end of the hall and two more laid out at a minimum of two metres distance apart. Each fencing bubble will be allocated a piste which they must exclusively use . Where a President is presiding, there must be a minimum of 2 metres distance between the President and any piste in use.
There will be a maximum of 24 poule places available over 4 pistes. If the maximum number of fencers is exceeded , places will be allocated on a first come basis. If the number of fencers wishing to fence one weapon is too low to warrant use of a piste, fencers may be asked to fence an alternative weapon.
A coach constitutes a number for the purpose of the bubble. A coach must not coach any fencer outside of that bubble during that session. Lessons must not exceed 15 minutes in duration. The coach must use sanitising gel between each lesson.
Within the bubble adapted sparring can take place, but is limited to 1 x 15 hits or 3 x 5 hits, up to a maximum of 10 minutes of fencing time or 15 minutes of real time.
Before and after going onto the piste to fence, a fencer must use their sanitising gel.
Before and after going onto the piste, the fencer must sanitise the spool connection where usually touched and the box where touched with a wipe which will be provided at each piste.
- Fencers must avoid shouting and screaming during fencing
- The handshake rule is suspended
- Fleching/running attacks are not permitted
- Corps a corps, deliberate close quarter action and any actions that breach the 1 metre distancing rule are not permitted
- Fencers waiting to fence must stay at their piste and maintain a 2 metre distance from other fencers
Fencing will stop at 9.45pm. The last fencers on the piste will sanitise the boxes and spool connections and place the equipment into the storage boxes. The storage boxes will be left at the piste for the COVID-19 Officer to sanitise the box carrying handles and place the boxes into the cages.
The COVID-19 Officer will sanitise the quarantined clothing wearing gloves and put away the kit. The COVID-19 Officer will dispose of used wipes.
Any breaches of safety protocol must be reported immediately to the COVID-19 Officer.
Visiting fencers - At the moment the club cannot accept visiting fencers due to the limit on poule places. However, this will be regularly reviewed
NFC - President