How to become a Team Manager

On this page you will find details of how to become a registered Team Manager (TM) and the documents that need to be submitted in order to become a registered Team Manager

Once a candidate has obtained all of the documents listed below they should send copies of them either via email to customerservice@britishfencing.com or by post to FAO Customer Service, British Fencing, 1 Baron's Gate, 33-35 Rothschild Road, London W4 5HT. Upon receipt of all of these documents a Team Manager will then be added to the TM Register.

Please note that we are unable to certify Team Managers who are under the age of 18. Those who attend a TM course that are under 18 will not receive their qualification(s) until they have turned 18 and fulfilled all the other registration requirements listed below. This is because the minimum age to have legal responsibility for minors is 18.

If you have any questions regarding any of these requirements that are not answered below please see the Team Manager  FAQs. If your question is not covered in the FAQs please contact customerservice@britishfencing.com.

Be a Member of British Fencing

If you wish to become a Team Manager you will need to become a member of British Fencing via England Fencing, Guernsey Fencing, Jersey Fencing, Northern Ireland Fencing, Scotland Fencing or Wales Fencing. The minimum membership level required is a Social membership.

If you are not already a member you can join at http://www.britishfencing.com/membership/join-now/ and selecting the "Membership" option. 

If you have been a member in the past but are not at the moment you will need to renew your membership. This can be done by logging into your membership profile at http://www.britishfencing.com/signin/ .

Be A Qualified Team Manager

If you wish to become a registered Team Manager you will need to attend a Team Manager course. Please go to the Upcoming Courses page to look for Team Manager courses. We currently run the following courses:

En Guard – basic introduction to welfare of children and vulnerable adults in sport

TM 1 - covers day trips

TM 2 – covers domestic trips including overnight stays

In order to gain the additional skills required by a Team Manager on International trips, TMs will be given practical training, typically involving acting as a Deputy Team Manager on an international trip.

British Fencing intend to develop a TM 3 module which covers international trips

Hold An Enhanced DBS Certificate

In order to become a registered Team Manager you will also need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check certificate.

Please see DBS information here.

We can only process DBS application forms from current members so please ensure that your membership is up to date.

Each home nation has its own procedure, for England and Wales:

If you require a DBS application form please send a stamped addressed envelop to British Fencing, 1 Baron's Gate, 33-35 Rothschild Road, London W4 5HT.

If you are based in Guernsey you will need to obtain a Guernsey Vetting Bureau (GVB) check through Guernsey Fencing. Please contact Guernsey Fencing for a GVB application form.

If you are based in Northern Ireland you will need to obtain an AccessNI check through Northern Ireland Fencing. Please contact Northern Ireland Fencing for a AccessNI application form.

If you are based in Scotland you will need to obtain a DisclosureScotland check through Scottish Fencing. Please contact Scottish Fencing for a DisclosureScotland application form.

Hold A First Aid  Certificate

British Fencing recommends that you to attend an “Esssential First aid at Work” or equivalent course. You can search for these courses by visit the following websites:

County Sport Partnership

Association of First Aid Instructors

Association of First Aid and Health and Safety Tutors

St John Ambulance

British Red Cross

Stewart First Aid Training (Scotland)

Should you have a First Aid qualification through your work we can accept these on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Medicial Officer. This must be sent in along with a breakdown of the course content/syllabus. 

Hold a safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate

In order to become a registered Team Manager you will also need to have a certificate confirming attendance on a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course within the last three years.

British Fencing's preference is for Team Managers to attend a Sportscoach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop. Once you have attended such a workshop, we will subsequently also accept the Sportscoach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2: Reflecting on Practice.

You can search for these courses on the following websites:

Sportscoach UK 

County Sport Partnership

Sport Scotland

Scottish Fencing

Northern Ireland Fencing

 We will not be accepting qualifications obtain through distance learning/eLearning/online/home study  courses.

Read and Agree to the Officials Code Of Conduct

Individuals wishing to become Registered Team Manager will also need to have read and agreed to our Officials Code of Conduct. By becoming a registered Team Manager, you will automatically have accepted the Official Code of Conduct agreement.

To download a copy of the Officials Code of Conduct click here

The latest Guidelines and Standards for youth trips can be found here

If you require any further information contact customerservice@britishfencing.com