312 new Change4Life (C4L) fencing clubs were launched in Secondary Schools and Further Education Colleges across the country in September 2010.
This network of clubs aims to attract young people who might be inspired by the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games to take up and participate in fencing.
By building this network of school clubs on school and college sites, and as an integral part of a school to club framework, schools will be further supported to engage those not currently taking part in sport out of school hours.
These clubs both attract and engage young people and develop a sense of belonging within a club setting, and encourage the regular participation that is associated with community club membership and lifelong participation.
Young people are at the heart of these clubs and clubs are encouraged to ensure that at least 50% of the workforce are young people (organisers, leaders, officials etc). Fencing is one of seven Olympic and Paralympic sports that form the Change4Life Secondary & FE programme (the other six are Badminton, Boccia, Wheelchair Basketball, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Handball).
Watch the promotional video for fencing C4L clubs here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqVWBkb49p8
Issues that this programme tackles:
To hear about how other schools are delivering fencing and get some inspiritation and tips on how to start or develop your fencing club further please take a look at the examples of good practice below
Watch the following video to see Our Lady and St Chad C4L fencing club in action at the Youth Sport Trust School Sport Conference 2011, including a special guest appearance by Baroness Sue Campbell - http://youtu.be/BUrHb62nzS0
To see an interview with students from Our Lady & St Chad C4L fencing club please follow this link - http://youtu.be/nOq2kAQDVV8
To see some young leaders from Wickham and Gateshead SSP in action delivering GO/FENCE activity at a Step into Sport day please follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgtihC6UWcU
If you are a community fencing club interested in starting a satellite fencing club please visit http://clublinks.sportengland.org/ for information and resources. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your plans.
For more information on Fencing Change4Life, please contact email@example.com
To support Change4Life Clubs in your school, the following resources are available:
Warm Ups - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C8AF8HmL-4
Step Lunge Game - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APtzI4BNTck
Catch the Bag - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40okexE_rUM
Bat the Bag -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGI-R-ullUQ
Skipping Game - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FarZ7mtFTro
In the river, on the bank - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD9CUNpbQQk
Hand Tap - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzMq2gu3ods
Opposites - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmiOrEl8mIc
Tag / Knee Fencing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1P5owVpVr0
Skill Circuit - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mxZD3ILls8
Parry Riposte - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDK35r3XHqI
Priority - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uze9YNpKyvI
Snakes and Fencers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lchgS60qx9o
Poule Unique - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBE36EyQe1k
Team Relay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCV1rXTDnxk
To see how these activities are included in the Youth Sport Trust's School Games resources please follow this link https://www.yourschoolgames.com/cmspage/sports
For further support in running a fencing competition please click here.