Code of Conduct


Dunblane Fencing Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the sport of fencing and the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members and guest fencers, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the club secretary.


  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognize good performance, not just results.
  • Never force your child to take part in sport.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good
  • performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgments.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own
  • performance and behavior.

Club Officials, Coaches and Volunteers

Dunblane Fencing Club promotes the essence of good ethical conduct by staff. Good practice is expected and summarised as follows:

  • Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on
  • mutual trust and respect.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of
  • those taking part.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport including fair play.
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body and the club.
  • Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover.
  • Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or
  • reward.
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited
  • substances.
  • Encourage participants to value effort and performance and not just results.
  • Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.


As a member or a guest fencer at Dunblane Fencing Club you are expected to abide by the


  • Be polite and kind to others.
  • Respect the rules of the game.
  • Represent Dunblane Fencing Club when competing and wear club hoodie on the medals podium.
  • Wear suitable kit – mask, jacket, glove for training and full fencing kit including breeches for competitions and matches.
  • Treat club kit carefully.  Ensure borrowed kit is returned on time.
  • Support others in their training.
  • Find opportunities to help with the running of the club.
  • Put in a good effort every time.


Dunblane Fencing Club offers a free weekly lesson to competing fencers and a fortnightly free lesson to non-competing fencers (subject to availability).  In accepting free individual lessons from your club coach, you agree to represent Dunblane Fencing Club when competing and to discuss with your coach before taking lessons from coaches outside of the club.

Committee Members

Committee members agree to:

  • Represent the club to best of their ability
  • Communicate clearly and promptly.
  • Attend meetings when called or offer apologies.
  • Take responsibility for development tasks identified at meetings.
  • Show respect to all players, managers and spectators.
  • Support club members and parents through sharing of information and experience.
  • Promote the club positively.  Support the marketing of the club through social media.
  • To promote the safety and welfare of club members.
  • To treat everyone equally and fairly.
  • To abide by the rules of the club.



Spectators are encouraged:

  • To encourage players at all times and act as a positive role model.
  • To represent the club to the best of their ability.
  • To show due respect to visiting spectators.
  • Respect match officials’ decisions, even if they appear to make a mistake
  • Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all players and teams.
  • To show due respect when visiting opponent’s venues.
  • To not use inappropriate or abusive language or behaviour.
  • To treat everyone equally and fairly.
  • To abide by the rules of the club.
  • Respect guidance from the Club with regard to spectator behaviour.
  • To remember children play sport primarily for their own enjoyment, not for
  • that of the spectators.
  • To acknowledge effort and good performance rather than ‘to win at all costs’.
  • To verbally encourage all players in a positive manner, shouting ‘for’, not ‘at’, the players.