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Coaching FAQ

I want to get into coaching in Wales. How should I start?

Firstly, it's great that you're interested in starting coaching and giving something back to the sport! Welsh Fencing will try and offer you all the support you need to make the transition from student to teacher. It's important to remember that taking up coaching doesn't mean you have to stop fencing yourself - Indeed, staying in touch with the competitive side of the sport in an important part of being a good coach to your students.


The first thing you'll need to do is find a coach mentor, assuming your already based in a Welsh club, approach the lead coach and explain your interest. They will be the one who knows you best and will be able to offer advice, guidance, and instruction. If you don't have a club, you can find a list of mentors who may be able to help here. Remember you must be under the supervision of a level 2 or higher to practice coaching in the UK.

Once you've had a go at your own club you can start attending the regular coaching seminars run by Welsh Fencing. These happen across the country and you can find details of upcoming sessions on the Welsh Fencing calendar. These will help you prepare for your initial ITCF (introduction to coaching fencing) course, and expose you to new ideas and teaching methods.

Remember, the key to improving is lots of practice and good feedback.

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