Salle Ossian Fencing Club

Updated November 5th 2020

The 2021 Pathways Squad will support the great work of fencing clubs across Scotland by bringing together our most committed young athletes once a month from February 2021 to June 2021 to work on the necessary piste and life skills that support a positive competitive experience.

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With a focus on fun, development and continuous improvement, the Pathways Squad will work together to ensure the athletes are given an opportunity to explore what they enjoy about the competitive fencing experience. Over the 2020–21 season, the athletes will develop the physical, emotional, social and mental skills required to meet the competitive challenge.


· To foster a safe, nurturing environment where athletes can have fun while taking part in challenges that reward effort, self-reflection and self-efficacy.

· To introduce high-performance principles into athletes’ training regimes, separating the performance process’ from competition results.

· To build the foundations of physical fitness, mental wellbeing, and emotional regulation necessary for a positive competitive experience.

· To explore new ideas and ways of working that are relevant to each child’s unique needs.

· To enjoy the benefits of collaboration and cooperation between squad members, fostering a supportive environment and team spirit between Scotland’s young fencers.

· To encourage a positive, growth mindset in athletes, safeguarding their development and building a healthy relationship between their self-identity and the sporting performance process.

Who can take part?

For U15 athletes (born in 2006 and after) who want to be competitive fencers.

Age categories:

  • Under-15: born 2006–7

  • Under-13: born 2008–9

  • Under-11: born 2010 and after

Why take part?

  • Increase your enjoyment and understanding of fencing.

  • Supplement and build on the training you are already doing in your club with your coach.

  • Improve your understanding of how best to prepare for the challenges of competition.

  • Learn important life skills that you can apply to any situation, not just sport – such as setting SMART goals, mental and emotional resilience, self-reflection and mindfulness.

  • Get to know and make new friends with other fencers from all around Scotland.

What’s included

  • 3 x FREE online sessions (November 22nd, December 13th, January 17th) open to ALL u15, u13 and u11 fencers from all clubs.

  • 5 x in-person training days run by our coaches, where fencers will take part in games and challenges to practice the core skills needed for competitive fencing. Each session will last minimum 3 hours and will be held at one of Scotland’s three fencing salles.

  • Personalised goals to work on between each session, chosen by each individual fencer with guidance from the coaches.

  • Sport psychology sessions delivered by The True Athlete Project (who currently support British Fencing’s Athlete Development Programme.)

  • A 2021 Scottish Fencing Pathways Squad hoodie.

Challenge Wratislavia

Last year, the Pathways Squad was created to support Scotland’s young athletes prepare for Challenge Wratislavia, an annual tournament held in Poland that attracts hundreds of young fencers from all over Europe and beyond. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to anticipate whether Challenge Wratislavia will run and whether the travel corridor from Scotland to Poland will be open. We also appreciate that some of our fencers and their families may not feel comfortable travelling abroad for such a large international event, even if it is possible to attend.

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As a result, we are not asking Pathways athletes to commit to travelling to Challenge Wratislavia in 2021. Scottish Fencing will not be sending staff to Challenge Wratislavia in 2021.

In-person training dates (all Sundays)

  • 7 February (Salle Ossian, Perth & Kinross)

  • 7 March (West Fife Fencing Club, Fife)

  • 25 April (Salle Ossian, Perth & Kinross)

  • 23 May (West Fife Fencing Club, Fife)

  • 20 June (Salle Ossian, Perth & Kinross)


  • Team Manager – Liz Anderson

  • Lead Weapon Coach (Epee) – Rob Blackburne

  • Lead Weapon Coach (Foil) – Stan Stoodley

  • Lead Weapon Coach (Sabre) – Naomi Farmer

  • Pathways Manager – Blair Cremin


£180 for the 2020–21 Pathways season, payable either a) on sign up to squad or b) 6 x monthly instalments of £30 by Direct Debit.

COVID-19 Guidelines

We are committed to keeping our fencers and staff as safe as possible. We will adhere to the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines for sport and physical activity as set by SportScotland and the Scottish Government. This may require us to alter training schedules or stagger the training times for weapon groups and/or age groups. We will inform you of any changes as quickly as we can. If a fencer or anyone in their household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend in-person training. Follow the guidelines from NHS Inform to keep yourself and others safe:


If you have any questions, contact Blair Cremin, Pathways Manager at [email protected]

There are over 30 fencing clubs across Scotland, find your closest one below and give fencing a go!

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Clubs are not just a place to fence. They are a place where people come together to practice the sport of fencing, learn from coaches and peers, and improve. To support our clubs on this journey, Scottish Fencing have created Swordmark.

Swordmark is Scottish Fencing’s Club Accreditation scheme, which has been created to support our clubs and empower them to master their chosen environment.

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The key aims of Swordmark are:

  • To ensure our clubs are sustainable, safe and well managed.

  • To support our clubs to have quality coaches, referees and volunteers.

  • To support our clubs to provide participation and/or competition opportunities.

Swordmark is the quality standard for Scottish Fencing clubs that focuses on four key areas of club business:

  • Club Management

  • Duty of Care / Protection of Vulnerable Groups

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  • Club Development

Swordmark Clubs

Swordmark - Super Clubs

Swordmark - Advanced Clubs

Swordmark - Basic Clubs

To begin your Swordmark journey, or for more information, please contact Scottish Fencing Pathways Manager, Blair Cremin, at [email protected] or 07912 267585.

Swordmark Criteria

There is three levels of Swordmark; Basic, Advanced and Super Club. All clubs must achieve the critria set in sections 1, 2 and 3. The criteria achieved in section 4 will determine whether a club will achieve Basic, Advanced or Super Club status.




  4. CLUB DEVELOPMENT – Fencing Programme / Coaches & Officials / Engagement with the Wider Community


  • The club affiliates it’s members to Scottish Fencing.

  • The club has an inclusive Club Constitution/Articles/Memorandum/Trust Deed.

  • The club has an Equity Policy.

  • The club has a democratically elected management committee.

  • The club has a fair and equitable membership and pricing structure.

  • The club provides a welcome pack / club handbook.

  • The club has policies and procedures for Financial Management.

  • The club has a Strategy and Operating Plan.

  • The club has appropriate insurance in place.

  • The club has a Data Protection Policy.


  • Club has a Child Protection Policy (if u18s at club).

  • Club has a Vulnerable Adult Policy (if appropriate).

  • Club has a Code of Conduct for coaches, fencers, staff and parents (as appropriate).

  • Club has a Recruitment procedure for staff and volunteers.

  • Club maintains a record of PVG Scheme Membership for all relevant volunteers and staff.

  • Club has a procedure for Responding to Concerns about a child or vulnerable adult.

  • Club has a Disciplinary Procedure in place.

  • Club has a Child (& Vulnerable Adult) Protection Officer.

  • Anyone working with children and young people have attended “Safeguarding & Protection” training.

  • Club has a secure database of contact details of parents/carers and emergency contacts/medical information for all young people.

  • Club has a procedure for the Recording of Incidents.


The club has a Health & Safety Policy and has communicated the policy to members and their parents (if U18). There should be a nominated official responsible for ensuring the policy is implemented. This policy should, amongst other things, require the Club to:

  • Club has access to First Aid equipment and representatives involved with young people are First Aid Qualified – minimum requirement Appointed Persons First Aid

  • Conduct a Risk Assessment on a regular basis.

  • Ensure all club equipment is regularly checked (fencing and electrical).

  • Have a procedure for Recording of Injuries and Incidents.

  • Maintain a register of members with details of emergency contact details and medical conditions (as appropriate).

  • Ensure sufficient numbers of club members are trained in First Aid.


(4.1) Fencing Programme

  • The club provides appropriate participation and coaching opportunities for its members:

All Clubs - The club will offer structured group training exercises.

Advanced Club - The club will offer structured group training exercises to various ability groups, promoting fencers between groups, as appropriate.

Super Club - The club will have high-level coaches and significant numbers of performance fencers with structured individual performance programmes.

  • The club offers individual programmes for all members:

All Clubs - The club will offer individual lessons.

Advanced Club - Performance fencers will work with coaches who will advise on and support their individual training and competition programmes.

Super Club The club will provide – either directly or indirectly – adequate provision for its fencers in appropriate support services (S&C / Sports Psychology / Nutrition / etc).

  • The club offers multiple sessions per week for its members:

Advanced Club­ – The club will offer access to members twice per week.

Super Club - The club will offer access to members three or more times per week.

(4.2) Coaches & Officials

  • All Coaches registered on the Scottish Fencing Coach Register.

  • The club has Public Profiles for all Coaches and Officials.

  • The club has a CPD Programme for all Coaches.

  • The club will provide referee training at all ability and age groups (Advanced & Super Club only).

(4.3) Engagement with the Wider Community

  • The club has an Introduction to Fencing Programme in place:

All Clubs - The club will be able to accommodate a beginner, turning up at the club, with a basic, but structured introduction to fencing.

Advanced Club - The club will offer and promote regular beginners’ classes to various ages.

Super Club - The club will manage an outreach programme – either through its own coaches or through satellite clubs – that, for e.g. in local schools, community, etc.