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Para Fencing Lead

British Fencing

The British Fencing Association, often referred to as British Fencing, is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of fencing in the British Isles.

1 Aug 2022
Full Time
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

Job Purpose

As a member of the Athlete Development Programme, the Para Fencing Lead will support the development of the para fencing performance pathway planning, processes and systems that underpin the development and management of pathway athletes within the BF Athlete Development Programme. The role will support the Pathway Director in building a programme of domestic and international training and competition for the para fencing ADP athletes, to enhance athlete development and increase the opportunities for fencers to join and accelerate through the pathway.

Key Responsibilities

Para-Fencing Pathways

  • To support the development of the para fencing performance pathway planning, processes and systems
  • Manage the development of the para fencing performance pathway by identifying and working with key stakeholders
  • Ensure a sustainable pathway for higher ability fencers through actively signposting and supporting fencers through the pathway to the highest level (WCP)
  • Ensure the development of the workforce to sustain the para fencing Pathway

Para-Fencing training



Organisational Responsibilities

The Para Fencing Lead shares with all colleagues the responsibility to:

  • Promote the values of British Fencing – Honesty, Respect and Excellence
  • With key BF staff, plan a programme of domestic training and competition for the para fencing ADP athletes
  • Manage the international training and competition programme for the para fencing ADP athletes (T1-T3/4)
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluate training and competition continually providing evidence of development and success
  • To increase awareness of para fencing, domestic and international
  • With key BF Staff promote para fencing in Schools, Clubs and Regions to offer pathway


  • Maintain regular communication and dialogue, whilst also capturing feedback, opinion and a

    review of satisfaction

  • Maintain the Para-Fencing section of the BF website
  • Collate and provide necessary data for quarterly review documents for department leads
  • Manage the budget and finances in accordance with BF policies and procedures
  • Liaise with the Finance Department to support budget management processes and activities
  • Support wider team members with projects and programmes where relevant
  • Other tasks deemed necessary as requested from the Pathway Director to support the wider BF team.
  • Make suggestions to improve the working situation and contribute to positive employee relations within their area of work and BF as a whole
  • Comply with all appropriate Safeguarding policies and promote best practice in this area
  • Co-operate with measures introduced to ensure there is equality of opportunity in employment and sports equity
  • Ensuring that the working environment is free of sexual and racial harassment and intimidation

    and any other form of harassment constituting unacceptable behaviour

  • Comply with all aspects of BF Policy, including and not limited to Data Protection, Health and

    Safety Policy and Arrangements, raising any associated issues and risks

  • Comply with all aspects of any codes of conduct that might apply by virtue of the BF having a

    presence in facilities operated by third parties

Person Specification



Skills and Abilities

  • Experience of development within para sports
  • Experience in sports development
  • Experience of working with people with disabilities
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating the impact of programmes
  • Knowledge of participation/talent/performance models and pathways
  • Knowledge of UK Anti-Doping
  • Knowledge Safeguarding Policy and Procedure
  • Knowledge of Data Protection Policy and Procedure
  • Act professionally, demonstrating integrity and taking accountability
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Excellent organisational and logistical planning skills
  • Ability to co-ordinate multiple projects simultaneously to success
  • Ability to work to multiple deadlines
  • Able to work independently as well as being part of a team
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven use of IT systems and competent in the use of Microsoft Office and cloud-based file sharing systems.

Personal Disposition

  • Comfortable with handling confidential information and sensitive situations
  • Must have an extremely positive approach to both work and life
  • Available to work occasional unsociable hours and contribute to event delivery
  • Promotes and demonstrates anti-discriminatory practice
  • Sets high standards and strives for continuous improvement in self and others

How to Apply

Please click "Apply Now” to email Steve Kemp at British Fencing attaching:

  • copy of your CV
  • covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4)
  • completed person specification form using the template.

The full Job description and Person specification are available here.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Disability Sport
Salary information
up to £27,500

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