This article forms part of a series of reports which accompany the 2022-23 BF Annual Report.
Membership & Club Activities
Online Community Discussion Events continued throughout 2022-23 with 21 separate sessions held and over 546 sign ups across 164 clubs. The club admins and welfare officers sessions continue to be a regular feature and engage attendees on general topics such as funding, event supporter roles and safeguarding as activity has continued to increase post pandemic.
Online discussions continue to engage different members of our community (for example Referees, Event Organisers, Volunteers, Students, Community Groups) on a variety of topics such as Referee remuneration, Ranking Schemes and Environmental Sustainability.
The quarterly Club Digest continued throughout the year providing BF affiliated clubs with information on a variety of topics including restarting fencing, funding opportunities and club volunteer training opportunities.
The first full GB League season was officially launched in October 2022 following the pilot phase. 5-Hit and 15-Hit formats are available across each weapon with traditional boundaries of age groups and gender removed, so that members (BF Recreational level or above) can fence each other and earn GB League points. Between October 2022 and March 2023, there were 60 individual GB League fixtures hosted across all six different formats.
The BF Community Awards continue to recognise some of the best clubs, coaches, fencers and volunteers for their contribution to fencing. Winners for the 2021-2022 season were announced (full list here). The panel was made up of colleagues from England Hockey, Swim England and Playwaze.
Nominations for the 2022-2023 season open October 1st 2023.
Looking Ahead 2023-24
Our additional focus areas over the upcoming months will be:
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