Whitchurch Fencing Club


Fortunately injury in fencing is rare - however as almost all serious fencing injuries are caused by broken blades, do not use any equipment which is damaged, or has visible signs of wear and tear, or rusting. Note that masks should have an elastic (or similar) back strap.

BFA standards
Over the years the standards for fencing equipment have tightened, and the BFA have stipulated the following, in terms of ability to withstand the force of an opponent’s blade, as measured in newtons (N), the international unit of force. Equipment from all reputable suppliers will have its strength in newtons clearly marked on it. Please remember that breeches are essential for fencing electric.

It is advisable only to use equipment of the correct standard, in order to obtain maximum protection.

Jackets Plastrons Breeches Mask
Fencing / practicing with non-electric weapons 350N 350N Trousers with openings / pockets zipped/ closed 350N
Fencing / practicing with electric weapons 350N 800N 350N 350N
International (etc) competitions 800N 800N 800N 1600N

A fencer is generally deemed in Law to accept the ordinary risks involved in fencing.  To quote the BFA "Fencers arm, equip and clothe themselves and fence at their own responsibility and at their own risk."

There is a risk in any sport such as this, and insurance is advisable. All members of Welsh Fencing are covered by their insurance arrangements, and it is strongly recommended that all club members are a member at the appropriate level of Welsh Fencing .

For further Safety information – please see the BFA web site for full details.

Disclaimer - in the event of any conflict between this guidance and the BFA guidance, the BFA guidance should be used.

Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding is the action taken to promote the welfare of Children and Adults at risk, and to protect them from harm.   The club supports the Welsh Fencing policies, procedures and practices, which are available on the Welsh Fencing website.

Club Welfare Officer : Paul Stelb.  Feel free to consult him In Confidence about any Welfare concerns you may have.