Paul Willmott is the nominated COVID-19 Officer at Northampton Fencing Club

The club will reopen on Thursday 20th May 2021, following the BFA return to fencing protocols. All fencers and parents/guardians of fencers must read and 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 president@northamptonfencing.org before every session. The survey can be downloaded from https://www.britishfencing.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Sample-Pre-Session-Health-Survey.docx . By completing the pre-session survey you are agreeing to abide by the COVID-19 rules and instructions as given by the coach or COVID-19 Officer

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. 
  • Seniors 8.15pm-9.45pm. Do not arrive earlier to minimise 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.

Group stretching and group footwork sessions must adhere to 2m social distancing rules.

All fencers, parents/guardians, coaches and other club Officers must wear a face mask when NOT fencing and maintain 2m  social distance. Face covering are not required whilst fencing or undertaking training exercise  although participants may choose to continue to use them.   Coaches may wish to continue to use face coverings or mask liners and it will be at the coaches discretion whether to insist the pupil must wear a face covering during one to one lessons.   One to one lessons must last a maximum 30 minutes.  A face covering must be worn when refereeing a bout. 

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.

All pistes may now be used, However , where a bout is presided the President must remain 2 m  from the sides of the piste  and wear a face mask . 

There is no longer a requirement for fencers to form a bubble and all fencers may fence each other with limits to hits and fencing time. 

Adapted sparring between two individuals within in a club session can take place up to a ’30 hit total’ = eg 2 x 15 hits OR 6 x 5 hits, up to a maximum of 20mins of fencing time and 30 mins of elapsed time. When it is not possible to count hits (e.g. adapted pairs training), the appropriate fencing/elapsed time must be set by the coach and in no cases exceed 20mins/30mins respectively

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
  • Fleching and close quarter moves within sparring and lessons is permitted subject to a safety/competency risk assessment to be performed by the BF registered coach to ensure that there is sufficient surrounding space and competency levels for the move to be executed safely, with no body contact whilst maintaining 2m distancing from any other sparring pairs and immediately returning/passing to 2m distance after performing the move. .
  • Corps a corps and any actions that result in body contact are not permitted.
  • No physical contact should be made between participants (handshaking, high fives etc). The handshaking rule is suspended. Fencers should replace the end of bout handshake with a salute observing 2m social distancing.

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 are to be taken to the storage cages for  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.

 

Paul Willmott

NFC - President 

COVID-19 Officer

Last updated 15/5/21

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