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PSFC: Teachers' Information for Risk Assessment 

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1.0 CPNSC.


1.1 Security.

The sports centre is in full time use throughout the Championships. All areas are open to the general public.


1.2 Changing.

There are male and female changing rooms available for all using the sports centre. Adults and children are not separated.


1.3 Personal belongings.

There are a limited number of lockers available for general use. These are in the corridor outside the gymnasium. The PSFC Committee do not provide secure storage for any individual’s personal belongings.


1.4 Vehicles.

There is ample free parking for coaches, mini-buses and cars. The car parking area is a short walk from the sports centre. There is no supervision of the car parks: valuables should not be left in vehicles.


1.5 “In loco parentis”.

The PSFC Committee require all schools to provide adequate numbers of staff to supervise the number of pupils they have attending the Championships. The PSFC Committee cannot themselves provide any form of supervision for children and will not accept that responsibility.


1.6 Food and drink.

There is a café selling hot food and sandwiches.


1.7 Disabled access.

Pathways from car parks to the sports centre are flat or ramped where necessary and there is a lift close to the south entrance doors for access between floors.




2.0 Fencing areas.


2.1 Areas used.

Fencing takes place in the main sports arena and on the north balcony.


2.2 Floors.

Main arena: wooden floor.

North balcony: wooden floor.


2.3 Pistes.

The Main Arena will have sixteen roll-out conductive pistes. These will all have remote control scoring apparatus. The North Balcony has 10 pistes which are marked out with insulating tape on the wooden flooring. These pistes have battery operated scoring machines.


2.4 Ventilation.

CPNSC has suffered with age and a major problem is the lack of windows that now open. Because of the lack of a screen between the swimming pool and the rest of the sports centre the atmosphere can become very humid. If the weather is fine, the large expanse of glass windows to the west side of the arena can cause a rapid increase in temperatures in the arena. Blinds have been installed which may help reduce the problem but we would advise all fencers to have plenty of cool drinks with them, and to drink constantly throughout the day to remain hydrated.


2.5 Non-fencing areas.

We would ask all fencers to refrain from fencing in those areas not designated for the competition. This is particularly important in areas close to the pool as there school swimming classes taking place throughout the day. Adults and children constantly use the walkways in this area and therefore fencers practicing in these areas are a cause of danger.


2.6 Bags.

The pathways on the east balcony, which are designated with hazard tape, should be kept clear at all times. Fencing bags should be kept behind the marked lines.




3.0 Technical Equipment.

3.1 Scoring apparatus.

All scoring apparatus is supplied by Leon Paul Fencing Company Ltd. and is typical of that used regularly in clubs and at other competitions.

Where hand-held remotes are used by referees the score boxes will be mains powered. Cables are taped securely to the floor and they are fitted with rcd connector plugs which cut power in case of damage.                                                                               All remaining standard score boxes are battery powered.




4.0 Fencing kit.


4.1 Masks.

All masks should be of at least the minimum strength resistance as specified by the British Fencing safety guidlines. Masks must not be deformed in any way. Bibs should not have tears in them. Backstraps should be in good condition, a minumum of 35mm wide, and located correctly on the head below the mask spring. Transparent masks are not allowed. Masks deemed unsafe will be confiscated for the duration of the Championships.


4.2 Clothing.

The PSFC Committee require all fencers to wear full fencing kit including breeches and long socks. All clothing should be of at least the minimum strength resistance as specified by the British Fencing Association for the relevant age group and summarised on our website information page.

All referees are instructed to check kit and clothing is of the relevant standard and is in good order before fencing begins.

Girls must wear chest protectors.


4.3 Weapons.

Weapons control is not carried out at the Championships. However some referees reserve the right to carry out weapons testing at the piste. The referees will however check weapons for safety purposes. Any weapon considered unsafe will be confiscated for the duration of the Championships.

The PSFC Committee realise that some fencers in the competition are not experienced enough to know whether the weapon they are using is in a dangerous condition. We would hope and expect that schools would check all weapons and fencing equipment before sending them to Crystal Palace.




5.0 Medical


5.1 First-aid

All members of the CPNSC staff are trained in first-aid.

The PSFC Committee hire specialist first-aid provision to attend over the 3 days of the Championships.


5.2 Doctor

The PSFC Committee do not specifically provide a doctor to be present over the 3 days.


5.3 Physiotherapist.

The PSFC Committee do provide a physiotherapist to be present throughout the event. A small charge is made for non-emergency treatment.


5.4 Ambulance.

The PSFC Committee do not provide an ambulance service. In the event of a serious illness or injury we will use the 999 emergency service to call an ambulance to the site.


5.5 Hospital.

CPNSC is situated mid-way between two hospitals with A&E departments.

Mayday Hospital, 530 London Road, Croydon, CR7 7YE.
Telephone: 020 8401 3000

King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
Telephone: 020 3299 9000




6.0 Accommodations.


6.1 The Lodge.

The Lodge is a 10-storey accommodation block on the CPNSC site, a short walk from the main arena.

It has a mixture of one-bed, two-bed and four-bed rooms based as units around shower facilities.

Each room has power points, a small television set and a kettle for making hot drinks.

Windows on the floors above ground level have restricted opening.

There is lift access to each floor.

Evacuation procedures are detailed on each floor and in each room.

The central staircase has smoke doors at each floor level. There is a second, emergency staircase.


6.2 Supervision.

The PSFC Committee do not provide supervision in the Lodge during competitors stay.

It is a condition of staying at the Lodge that a responsible person accompanies competitors. That person must be over 18 years of age and cannot be a pupil at the same school.  The responsible person must remain in the Lodge at all times their competitors are in residence.

The doors to the Lodge are locked from midnight to 6.00am and a CPNSC night manager is in attendance during this period.


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