Welcome to BF Learning Week 2022

BF is delighted to welcome our members and wider community to a week packed with learning opportunities. BF Learning Week 2022 will explore many aspects of our exciting sport with experts in coaching, sports psychology and performance joining guest speakers and the BF team to give insight into our fencing world and its future.

When: August 22-29, 2022

The timetable is below and will be updated regularly as new sessions are announced. Please continue to check back to this page for sign up links and information on new sessions.

Learning Week 2022 timetable V5

 

Sessions to look out for:

NEW: Monday, August 22nd, 7-8pm. Opening Session

Welcome to BF Learning Week!

In this opening session, BF’s Head of People and Culture, Dusty Miller speaks with BF’s Senior Leadership team members Virginia Bailey and Steve Kemp about the week ahead. Full information is here.

 

NEW: Tuesday, August 23rd, 12pm. Performance Data with Ian Lichfield

Performance Data

Athletes, parents, and coaches will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about performance data and how it is used to support the development of our sport. Full information is here.

 

NEW: Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th, Friday 26th, 2pm. Crowd DNA Insights with Virginia Bailey

Crowd DNA Insights Series

The sessions will be of particular interest to people working as community and development coaches, volunteers and club admins. If you are interested in fencing and why people get involved, would like to know how to encourage people to fence who may be reluctant, or are interested in research and insights, you are invited to join the series. Full information is here.

 

Tuesday, August 23rd, 4-6pm. Keynote Speaker: Chris Porter

Coaching from the Corner

Join Chris Porter for this seminar for coaches and anyone interested in coaching education. Full information is here.

 

NEW: Tuesday 23rd OR Wednesday 24th August, 4-6pm. Keynote Speaker: Dr Jonathan Katz

Psychological Performance

Join Dr Jonathan Katz for this seminar discussing mental health and wellbeing and how this pertains to fencing. Full information is here.

 

NEW: Tuesday, August 23rd, 6pm. GBR Selection with Ian Lichfield

GBR Selection

Athletes, parents, and coaches will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about selection for next season. Full information is here.

 

Wednesday,  August 24th, 12pm. Guest Speaker Sophie Callery

Welcome to the World of BF Perks

Join Samantha Hepple and Sophie Callery for this seminar for members and people considering BF membership. Full info is here.

 

NEW: Wednesday, August 24th, 12.30pm Athlete Pathway Conversation with Steve Kemp

Athlete Pathway Conversation

Parents are invited to join BF’s Pathways Director for this discussion about the BF Athlete Development Pathway.

 

Wednesday, August 24th, 7-9pm. Keynote Speaker: Richard Cheetham MBE

A Journey of Possibility: Exploring the potential of creative thinking within the coaching setting.

Join Richard Cheetham MBE for this seminar for coaches and anyone interested in the use of creativity in practical settings. Full information is here.

 

NEW: Thursday, August 25th, 11am GB League: Your Questions Answered

The GB League: Your Questions Answered

BF’s Membership Officer Samantha Hepple speaks to Hannah Gavin (Development Officer) and Evie Millar (Events Manager) about the GB League and hears answers to some of your FAQs. Full information here.

 

Thursday, August 25th, 6-7pm. Hosted by Dusty Miller, Head of People and Culture

Coaching Developer Refresher

Join Dusty Miller for this seminar for coach developers. Full information is here.

 

NEW: Thursday, August 25th, 7.15-8.15pm. Keynote Speaker: Dean Clark

Coaching Conversation: Coaching for Performance

Join Richard Cheetham MBE for this seminar for coaches and anyone interested in the use of creativity in practical settings. Full information is here.

 

NEW: Friday, August 26th, 6pm Parent Pathway Conversation with Steve Kemp

Parent Pathway Conversation

Parents are invited to join BF’s Pathways Director for this discussion about the BF Athlete Development Pathway.

 

NEW: Saturday, August 27th, 2pm Para Fencing Refereeing with Chris Farren

Para Fencing Refereeing

Referees are invited to join Chris Farren for this Zoom discussion about para fencing refereeing. Full information is here.

 

Saturday & Sunday, August, 27-28th, 9am -5pm

Weapon Specific Level 4 Coaching Fencing Course

During the August ADP camp at Nottingham University, aspirant L3 Sabre, Epee & Foil coaches will undertake the BF Weapon Specific L4 Coaching course. Read more about the two days here.

 

NEW: Monday, August 29th, 3pm Women in Fencing Refereeing with Jen Sancroft

Women in Fencing Refereeing

Referees are invited to join Jen Sancroft for this pre-recorded seminar about female-led referee mentoring groups. Full information is here.

 

 

FAQs

Where are the session taking place? Online webinars and discussion events. 

The events will take place as face to face events, as well as online webinars or discussion events. Here is some information to help explain the different types of event:

Live webinars (series or one off):

  • Participants register to the session or series and will then receive a confirmation email with a link to the session when available.
  • During the webinar, the host and speakers discuss the topic on screen.
  • Attendees are not seen on screen.
  • A chat area of the webinar platform is available to participants for discussion.
  • Written questions may also be submitted after the webinar.
  • Live webinars may be recorded and participants will receive a link to the recording so it can be viewed again later.

Zoom Discussion events:

  • Not recorded.
  • These sessions allow participants to join in the conversation and are primarily focused on active discussion.
  • Attendees can be seen on camera if they choose.
  • The host and speakers will facilitate discussion and invite people to speak when appropriate during the session.
  • The chat area is available for written discussion.
  • Zoom links will be sent via email before the session and should not be shared.

Who is speaking? Guest speakers will be announced throughout August. Members of the BF team will also host and present sessions.

BF Learning Week will provide a range of discussions and learning opportunities for people across our community. Coaches, athletes, members, parents, experienced and new fencers, should find something to suit their interests. If you would like to request a session on a specific topic, please contact media@britishfencing.com

How do I join in? Sign up by clicking the links for each session below (when available). Once registered, you will receive confirmation and a reminder when the event is about to start. Recordings of some sessions will be available to registered participants.

 

Share #BFLearningWeek on social media and look out for news posts announcing new events and speakers for the week.

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