Coach Education

Scottish Fencing runs a programme of coach education courses for all levels of experience. For the complete beginner, we have courses which get you far enough to start your own school or community club right away! For more experienced coaches, we have a range of courses and qualifications which will help you take your coaching and your fencers to the next level.

If you have a SAFU coaching qualification or a coaching qualification from abroad the coach education programme now has the means to recognise prior learning. You can read the full details here.

More information: please contact the Scottish Fencing Coach Education Manager, Phil Carson: 

Latest news on coaching below...


  • 31 Mar 2015

    Coaches must register with British Fencing to be covered by British Fencing’s public liability insurance.  Currently there are only a few Scottish coaches are on the register. If you are a coach please check with British Fencing (0208 742 3032) to see if you are on the register. If you are...

  • 16 Mar 2015

    Weekend 1: 23rd/24th May

    Weekend 2: 20th/21st June

    Time: 9am till 5pm each day

    Course will include: Individual Lessons, Fitness for Fencing, Nutrition, Talent ID, Feedback and Fault Correction.

    Venue: Salle Ossian, Unit 4, Friarton Road, Riverview Business Park, Perth PH2...

  • 18 Feb 2015

    This is a refresher course for those coaches, parents, club helpers who have already have Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate.

    By the end of this course, participants will be able to:


    **We will reschedule...

  • 11 Feb 2015

    At the SFA training day on 22nd Feb we are going to hold a workshop on concussion awareness between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Dr Willie Stewart, Consultant Neuropathologist, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor will run the workshop.

    The workshop is free but limited to 20...

  • 27 Jan 2015

    The recently formed Scottish Fencing Coaching Network delivered their first course in a fully rewritten coach education structure. The network was established last June by Coaching Manager Paul Neil-Mclachlan and Development Officer Alan Martin. The purpose is to have a group of the country’s...

  • 12 Dec 2014

    Since the summer a group of our most experienced coaches have ben meeting with NDO

    Alan Martin and Coaching Manager Paul Neil McLachlan. The aim of setting up this group

    has been to rewrite our coach education courses and expand the workforce of course

    tutors. Those involved to...

  • 27 Aug 2014

    This summer, at the sportscotland Inverclyde National Sports Centre in Largs, Scottish Fencing ran the National Academy (Scotland) National Training summer camp event which also incorporated Scottish Fencing Coach Education Workshops and Scottish Institute of Sport Psychology Workshop.

  • 27 Aug 2014

    Serena Pivotti was a successful international fencer who represented Italy at Women’s Foil, and is now a fully qualified international level coach at Ginnastica Comense. We have had the privilege of Serena’s coaching in Scotland on a couple of occasions now, and as part of our Coach Education...

  • 13 May 2014

    Serena Pivotti with Don McKenzie

    Scottish Fencing is offering a further opportunity in 2013 for coaches to learn about the techniques and methodologies of Italian foil fencing...

  • 21 Apr 2014


    This action-packed day of learning allows coaches who are new to, or thinking about, teaching fencing to young people from a basic level to deliver taster and initial coaching sessions.  Coaches will be...