The Coach Designated Tours provide Australian fencers with exposure to high level international training and competition experience in a supportive, team-based environment.
Travel and accommodation arrangements are managed by the AFF and each tour is accompanied by an experienced coach.
The Coach Designated Tours are compulsory for members of the High Performance Program in each relevant age category, however Non-HPP fencers are also encouraged to participate.
Update 4th March 2020: Due to increasing uncertainty around travel bans related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), there will be no AFF international tours scheduled until further notice.
There are no AFF coach designated tours scheduled at this time
The AFF works on a cost recovery basis for all representative tours. It does not make a profit from the tours, and it is never possible to provide estimates of costs prior to travel (due to last-minute changes and external matters). The process for invoicing fencing tours is outlined in the following operational protocol.
The need for coaches is assessed by the AFF Executive based on the size of the team travelling, as well as the ages and experience of participants. Tour coaches will be required to deal with all aspects of preparing athletes and teams to compete, and will prepare a brief report after the tour for the AFF on each athlete.
The need for a Tour Manager or other officials is assessed by the AFF Executive based on the size of the team travelling, as well as the genders, ages and experience of participants.
The Manager will be required to deal with all aspects of the tour, and will prepare a brief report after the tour for the AFF. The process of selection is usually as follows:
How tours are determined
Under the Selection Policy, a "Designated Tour" is defined as a tour planned by the National Weapons Coach, and agreed to be a designated tour by the AFF's High Performance Commission.
The following Operational Protocol outlines how a tour becomes designated.
There may be overseas events where the AFF will be penalised if it does not send referees. In this situation, the AFF must determine whether to pay a fine or subsidise a referee to attend.
The following protocol outlines how that decision is reached.
Family and personal coaches
Individuals who are not fencers are welcome to accompany their relatives and friends on fencing tours. Fencers are also encouraged to invite their personal coaches on tours. However, the Australian Fencing Federation will only make arrangements and be responsible for selected fencers and officials for the tour.
The following protocol outlines how the AFF supports non-fencers on tours.