SwordMark Accreditation

SWORDMARK ACCREDITATION

In order to become a SwordMark Club you will first need to register by completing the web form.  When you have completed the registration form, please review the SwordMark criteria and then use the step by step guide to prepare for final sign off stage; the club visit.  In the guide you will find links to:

A self-assessment form

Information to help you develop your club to build on the clubs strenghts

How to build your evidence submission

How to arrange a site visit

When the club is ready to formally apply for assessment you will need to have completed the evidence web form and BF will then organise site visit  to assess your club. SwordMark Guide

For further information please email: development@britishfencing.com


SWORDMARK - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS SWORDMARK?

SwordMark is British Fencing’s Club Accreditation Programme which is designed to recognise clubs who have demonstrated a minimum level of operating standards in providing a safe and supportive club environment; for those taking part in the sport of Olympic (FIE) Fencing

SwordMark fully complements the Sport England Clubmark Accreditation Programme and includes all the Clubmark criteria.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACHIEVING SWORDMARK?

  • Being nationally recognised by British Fencing and other organisations as a SwordMark club that is committed to high standards and is a child friendly, safe and efficient club.
  • Becoming part of a network of quality and accredited fencing clubs across the country.
  • Greater clarity of the clubs vision and actions to continue providing a quality fencing experience.
  • Swordmark criteria links with criteria required on a number of funding applications such as Sport England Small Grants.
  • Gaining priority promotion on the British Fencing website.
  • Gaining priority for British Fencing’s support schemes/interventions to grow fencing participation and develop clubs.

HOW DOES A CLUB ACHIEVE SWORDMARK?

The following processes are in place to guide and support clubs working towards SwordMark Accreditation:

  • On line registration.
  • Access the safe help tool-kit with advice and a process to prepare for the assessment submission and site visit.
  • Completing a club self-assessment to understand what your club’s has in place and the priority areas for development.
  • Upload and submitting evidence to show the progress and achievements your club has made.
  • An independent assessment of your club’s supporting evidence against nationally agreed criteria and being informed of whether these criteria have been met. Ultimately this will result in your club being awarded SwordMark status.

WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE?

  • Support can be accessed via the British Fencing Development Team
  • Support can also be found through your local County Sport Partnership (CSP). For a CSP contacts list please click here.
  • For club development workshops/resources and templates
  • Sport England Club Matters website.  Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club. http://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/
  • British Fencing website for real examples from fencing clubs who have kindly offered to share their resources to support other clubs in achieving SwordMark.

DOES A CLUB HAVE TO PAY TO GET INVOLVED IN SWORDMARK?

No. SwordMark is open to any club affiliated to British Fencing.

WHAT DOES MY CLUB NEED IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SWORDMARK?

The only pre-requisite is that your club is affiliated to British Fencing or a home country equivalent. Apart from that you will need an enthusiastic team of people who are willing to devote some time towards SwordMark and access to the internet to download helpful resources that are in place to support your club. 

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

Submit a registration form to register for SwordMark. 

HOW DO WE SET UP A SWORDMARK WORKING GROUP IN THE CLUB?

A SwordMark working group is recommended 1) to share the workload of SwordMark and to ensure that the right people are involved in the SwordMark Accreditation Programme. Key people that it is suggested to invite onto a club-working group are: the coach, the club chairperson, a junior co-ordinator and a club captain. 2) implementation of a new programme works best when adopted by the whole club, this is easier if the working group is representative of the whole club.

HOW WILL SWORDMARK WORK IF OUR CLUB IS BOTH AN ADULT AND A JUNIOR CLUB OR JUST AN ADULT ONLY CLUB

SwordMark was principally designed for clubs with junior sections. SwordMark has evolved to review not just having policy and procedure, but how the club functions and implement policy and procedure.  SwordMark is best used as a whole club development tool and therefore and British Fencing will recognise an adult only club that meets the SwordMark criteria.

HOW LONG WILL THE ACCREDITATION BE VALID FOR?

The SwordMark accreditation will be awarded for a 3 year period, subject to a club completing and submitting an annual club health check and action plan which will be assessed by a the SwordMark programme lead Following a 3 year period which will include a club site visit, clubs will be invited to re-submit for SwordMark accreditation.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWORDMARK AND CLUBMARK?

SwordMark is the recognised British Fencing Programme for Club Accreditation. It fully adopts the principles of Clubmark but it has been made specific to the needs of fencing and will build upon the work of British Fencing in the future as the programme develops. Clubmark is a generic Sport England Club Development Programme that is owned and managed by Sport England.

CAN OUR CLUB ACHIEVE CLUBMARK RATHER THAN SWORDMARK IN THE FUTURE?

No. British Fencing will be the only licensed organisation on behalf of Sport England to accredit fencing clubs. Fencing clubs may receive support from other organisations such as County Sports Partnerships in working towards accreditation, but British Fencing will be the only licensed body to accredit fencing clubs and SwordMark will be British Fencing’s recognised club development programme.

WHAT IF OUR CLUB HAS ALREADY STARTED ON CLUBMARK?

Congratulations! British Fencing recognises the commitment and time that your club has put into achieving/ working towards Clubmark status. British Fencing will provide advice and support on the extra criteria elements to be evidenced to receive the SwordMark status.