COMMUNITY DISCUSSION EVENTS

To help facilitate the creation and sharing of best practice, BF has created a series of community discussion events, inviting members to raise issues, discuss topics and share ideas.

We hope these discussion opportunities will help sharing of current best practice, help us create advice and guidance to support a future return to fencing and also crowdsource ideas on how we can create a stronger better sport.

Please note that all current sessions will be held through ‘Zoom’, which is a virtual platform. Once you have registered for an event you will be sent the relevant login details and instructions on the day of the session. You do not need to have a ‘Zoom’ account in order to access these sessions and there is no cost to take part.

You can also access recordings of certain historic sessions on this page by scrolling down.

Timetable and Sign-up Details for Discussion Groups

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Tuesday 1st February 2022 6:30pm Working Together to Make our Fencing Community Gender-Inclusive. Click here for more information and to sign up for this event

Thursday 10th February 2022 7:30pm Community Discussion Event – BF Event Referees. Sign up for this event.

Tuesday 8th March 2022 6:00pm Community Discussion Event – Welfare Officers. Sign up for this event is not yet live, once open emails will be sent to all registered Welfare Officers.

Tuesday 5th April 2022 6:00pm Community Discussion Event – Event Organisers. Sign up for this event.

Thursday 12th May 2022 6:00pm Community Discussion Event – Clubs. Sign up for this event is not yet live, once open emails will be sent to all Club Admins.

Tuesday 17th May 2022 6:00pm Community Discussion Event – BF Event Referees. Sign up for this event.

Thursday 16th June 2022 6:00pm Community Discussion Event – Event Organisers. Sign up for this event.

Thursday 14th July 2022 6:00pm Community Discussion Event – Welfare Officers. Sign up for this event is not yet live, once open emails will be sent to all registered Welfare Officers.

Thursday 15th September 2022 6:00pm Community Discussion Event – Clubs. Sign up for this event is not yet live, once open emails will be sent to all Club Admins.

TBC – Diversity Listening Event: Ethnicity

TBC – Diversity Listening Event: LGBT+ Community

TBC Community Discussion Event – Members 

 

PREVIOUS SESSIONS

Wednesday 12th January 2022 6:00pm Community Discussion Event – Clubs.

Thursday 9th December 6pm – BF Event Referee Discussion Event. 

Tuesday 16th November 6.30pm – Consultation on BF Environmental Strategy. 

Friday 26th November 2pm – Creating an Open and Welcoming Club.

Tuesday 2nd November 8pm – Senior Nationals 2021 Referee Briefing

Tuesday 19th October 6pm – BF Event Referee Discussion Event

Wednesday 22nd September 5.30pm – Women’s ‘A’ BRC Fencer and Parent Feedback Session. 

Wednesday 15th September – Cadet and Junior Nationals Fencer and Parent Feedback Session

Thursday 9th September – Men’s ‘A’ BRC Fencer and Parent Feedback Session. 

Wednesday 21st July – Event Volunteers and Referees

Thursday 15th July – COVID-19 Community Discussion Event – Stage 4

Tuesday 6th July – Diversity Listening Event: Ethnicity

Wednesday 30th June – Diversity Listening Event: LGBT+ Community

Tuesday 15th June – 2021-22 Ranking Scheme Consultation Session 2

Monday 14th June  – 2021-22 Ranking Scheme Consultation Session 1

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Please note that you will need to be a valid British Fencing Member to take part.

How do the discussion groups work?

We run the groups on Zoom, by invite. We will sometimes limit the number of participants (approx 25-30) to ensure all questions are considered and there is time for discussion. You can put questions to the panel by asking beforehand when responding to your invitation, or during the session in the chat function.

How long does a discussion last?

The discussions will differ depending on the topic and are usually set for around 1-2 hours.

What topics are discussed?

These discussion groups will all cover a range of topics around supporting lockdown and returning to fencing for example health and safety, events, coaching, welfare, marketing, and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to contribute ideas and ask questions.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Some, however, to facilitate an open discussion and allow people to share their honest opinions, we will only use the recordings internally to inform next steps and help us produce the return to fencing plans and guidance. We have found this approach puts people at ease and allows for a more honest discussion.

What happens after a discussion?

We are currently considering creating topic based member-led working groups to move forwards with particular areas of guidance after we have completed the first round of discussion events. We welcome participants who would like to help develop ideas prompted from the sessions.

I have a question that isn’t answered here:

If you have any suggested topics to discuss or want to know more about the series please e-mail hannah.gavin@britishfencing.com.

 

Previous Sessions (cont’d):

Thursday 13th May 6:30pm – COVID-19 Community Discussion Event – Stage 3.

Tuesday 20th April – Welfare Officers.

Thursday 8th April – COVID-19 Community Discussion Event – Stage 2.

Thursday 25th March – COVID-19 Community Discussion Event – Stage 1 Part 2. 

Thursday 11th March – Events Risk Mitigation – Part 2.

Thursday 4th March – COVID-19 Community Discussion Event – Stage 1 Part 1. 

Thursday 11th February – Events Risk Mitigation – Part 1.

Wednesday 27th January – GB League Session. Watch a recorded webinar here with all you need to know.

Thursday 14th January – COVID-19 Officers

Friday 18th December 2020 – Webinar; Risk Assessment Webinar with Hannah. You can watch the recording of this Webinar here.

Friday 11th December 2020 – Webinar; Funding Webinar with Hannah. You can watch the recording of this Webinar here.

Thursday 10th December 2020 – Regional Chairs

Wednesday 2nd December 2020- Club

Friday 27th November 2020 – Community Q&A with BF’s CEO Georgina Usher

Thursday 12th November 2020 – Club

Thursday 15th October 2020 Club

Thursday 17th September 2020 Welfare Officers

Thursday 10th September 2020 COVID-19 Officers

Wednesday 9th September 2020 COVID-19 Officers

Tuesday 8th September 2020 COVID-19 Officers

Thursday 23rd July 2020 COVID-19 Officers

Wednesday 22nd July 2020 COVID-19 Officers

Tuesday 21st July 2020 COVID-19 Officers

Tuesday 7th July 2020 Welfare Officers

Friday 5th June 2020 Coaches 

Monday 1st June 2020 Welfare Officers

Wednesday 27th May 2020 Welfare Officers

Monday 18th May 2020 Club

Monday 11th May 2020 Club

 

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