Call for Volunteers

//Call for Volunteers

Dear Fencer/Parent

NI Fencing needs your help!

Our recent problems in recruiting a volunteer to act as Team Manager for the Sainsbury’s School Games has highlighted yet again the urgent need for volunteers at all levels within our sport.

The Board of NI Fencing is tasked with governing the sport of fencing in Northern Ireland and whilst not explicitly stated the objectives of the organisation, as laid down in our articles of association, can only be achieved through the efforts of everyone within the fencing community.

Volunteering can take many forms and we know that many of you already volunteer at club level.  There is an old saying that ‘many hands make light work’ and this has long been the problem that too few people are involved at a National Level.  NI Fencing depends on the hard work and commitment of volunteers for much of its work – we couldn’t operate without them!

There are lots of ways to get involved with some examples listed below;

  • Competition Officials
    1. Referees
    2. Armourers
    3. Organisers
    4. Piste Assistants
    5. Check-in help
  • Team Officials
    1. Team Manager
    2. Assistants
    3. Safeguarding
    4. Team Escort/Supervision

In return, you can gain valuable volunteering experience, learn new skills and meet a wide range of new people.

We will be running a designated officer course on the 17th May for those people with the basic Safeguarding Children in Sport certificate and we will also be running the British Fencing Team Manager course on the 18th May which is the ideal course for those interested in any Team Official role.  In fact the Team Manager course is ideal for those clubs organising trips to competitions with overnight stays or just taking a minibus full of kids to one of the local competitions.

If you are interested in getting involved then please get in contact with any of the Board – email addresses on the website ( or send an email to the Company Secretary – [email protected]

Yours in fencing,

Peter Hazlett

Managing Director
NI Fencing Ltd