COVID-19 Risk assessment for Ashburton Fencing Club:
These observations and guidelines have been issued to all club members and new
members to ensure that they aware of them prior to their arrival at the club.
Members and visitors are asked to bring with them the appropriate face mask,
sanitiser wipes and/or gel. Because of safety requirements anyone not adhering
to this request will be refused entry. This will not apply to those that have a
medical condition that exempts them from wearing a face mask.
The COVID-19 officer for Ashburton Fencing Club is Mike Smith and there will be
other designated monitors to ensure that the safety guidelines are adhered to
for the safety of everyone attending a fencing session.
1. Any member who feels or shows symptoms of fatigue, fever and
irritating coughs are asked to refrain from attending club sessions until they
are cleared of the symptoms in compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines and the
required Government restrictions. Please use basic common sense - if you don’t
feel well ‘Stay at home!’
2. Upon check-in all members will be required to undergo a temperature
check using a non-contact monitor and to give contact details for Track &
Trace. Any persons with a temperature reading of 37.5 or higher will be
asked to return home. This also applies to any persons refusing to give
Safety is paramount!
3. All members will be asked to wash hands and use sanitiser
gel/spray/wipes upon ‘check-in’.
4. Members will be allocated designated seating areas around the hall at
a 2 metre distance from each seat. Members are asked to observe the social
distancing required when not actively fencing. This will not apply to members
of the same family who will be able to be seated together.
5. In good weather, members often fence outdoors in the parking area
behind the building. The same restrictions regarding social distancing will be
6. The changing rooms will be monitored with no more than 2-4 persons
7. The shower room can be used for 1-2 persons.
8. Changing rooms and toilets will be accessed through a ‘one way
system’ using the ‘entry’ door from the main hall to the ‘exit’ door near the
9. Fencing activity is restricted to groups of a maximum of six people
from different households, as long as they remain 2 metres apart as far as
We can have more than one group of six in a hall, providing we are able to
maintain social distancing within the space available and the total number of
people (including non-fencers) within the hall, does not exceed government and
venue guidelines on use of indoor space.
Fencers can rotate within their group and social distancing must be maintained
within this group where at all possible. You cannot move to another group(s)
within an evening session.
Close quarter fencing is rarely used and members are asked to refrain from this
tactic while we remain under special measures.
Bodily contact is strictly prohibited.
Fleching/running attacks are not permitted at this time.
Participants should avoid any shouting/screaming, particularly during 1:1
As a normal part of club fencing, protective clothing, including a mask and
glove, is worn. British Fencing guidelines state that all fencers are advised to
wear a face mask under their fencing mask when actively fencing.
The traditional handshake at the conclusion of a match will be prohibited. A
simple ‘sword salute’ is deemed appropriate.
10. Access to the kitchen for water will be monitored with no more than
2 persons entering at a time.
11. All club equipment will be sanitised - anti-bacterial spray for
jackets and masks and anti-bacterial spray/wipes for sword handles and other
equipment. Where the club provides protective clothing, swords, or other
equipment to members, the members will be loaned this clothing or equipment for
their personal use only until the pandemic has finished.
12. Before vacating the building all door handles, surfaces, taps and
anything that has come into contact with members will be sanitised with
13. Our normal Thursday evening session is from 18:00 to 21:30. Younger
members tend to arrive and depart in the first part of the evening, older
members tend to arrive later. Although we may have approximately 20 members
fencing in the course of an evening, it is very rare to have more than 10-15
present at one time. The hall is large and it will be easily possible to
maintain social distancing for a group this size.
14. Younger members are sometimes brought to the hall by
parents/guardians/visitors, who may stay until their child has finished
fencing. The same rules regarding masks, hand washing, social distancing, etc.
will be applied to these parents/guardians/visitors.
patience and understanding we hope we can overcome what seems like ‘Draconian
measures’ during this time. But it’s for our own safety and has to conform with
both the TA Centre venue operators and British Fencing Covid-19 directives and