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COACHING DEVELOPMENT UPDATE JULY 2016

4th July 2016

British Fencing to Run Six Courses in Nineteen Days

August 2016 will be a busy time for Coaching Development with courses from Street, Somerset to Durham, Co. Durham, taking place.

They will include the Introduction to Fencing Course, Level 2 Foil Epee and Sabre (FES) and for the first time in many years, the Level 3 FES.

Following the Coaching Development Review of 2015/16, there have been a number of initial adjustments to British Fencing courses, including:

1)    Stronger emphasis on a participant/athlete centred approach to coaching demonstrated by:

  • More practical coaching delivery by the candidates
  • On going assessment via a competency based assessment, rather than an end of course practical examination;

2)     The separation of Level 1 and Level 2 FES course in order to allow:

  • A more focussed approach to support novice coaches
  • 16 year olds to undertake the Introduction to Fencing course;

3)    A stronger on-course reference to the soft skills of coaching;

4)    The provision of flexible delivery models, with courses over a week, residential or over a number of weekends.

Speaking about this revised approach, Steve Kemp, British Fencing’s Coaching Development Manager said; “This is a good starting point.  However to align to industry standards there is need to improve consistency and quality of the British Fencing Coaching Development courses moving forwards.  Increasing and improving the local offer will support the development of local coaches.”

“The research data highlights that the most effective coaches are constantly looking to improve themselves, and how that then supports the development of the athlete.  Coaching Development courses are one way for a coach to improve and where there is a need we can look to meet that need.”

Course

Start date

Month

Region

Town

Target group

Level 2 FES Course

25/07/16

Jul

London

North London

Experienced Fencers looking to develop as a coach and Level 1 coaches and Level 2 coaches working towards another weapon

Introduction to Fencing Coaching

08/08/16

Aug

West Midlands

Stratford

Young people and beginners looking to start fencing coaching

Level 2 FES Course

08/10/16

Aug

West Midlands

Stratford

Experienced Fencers looking to develop as a coach and Level 1 coaches and Level 2 coaches working towards another weapon

Level 3 FES Course

08/14/16

Aug

South West

 Street

Experienced Level 2 coaches

Introduction to Fencing Coaching

08/20/16

Aug

North East

Durham

Fencers looking to start coaching

Level 2 FES Course

08/22/16

Aug

South East

 Guildford

Experienced Level 1 & 2 coaches looking at moving to Level 3 specifically

Introduction to Fencing Coaching

08/24/16

Aug

South East

Guildford

Fencers looking to start coaching

Level 3 FES Course

09/10/16

Sep

East Midland

Mansfield

Experienced Level 2 coaches

Introduction to Fencing Coaching

10/08/16

Oct

East Midland

Mansfield

Fencers looking to start coaching

For more information and the booking form visit the Upcoming Courses page on the British Fencing website.

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