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



Wednesday 21st July – Event Volunteers and Referees. In this session, we invite all competition volunteers and referees to join us to share their thoughts on the latest announcements and input suggestions into the indoor competitive event protocols. More information can be found here. Sign up to attend this event here.

TBC – GB League. Join us for another look at BF’s new recreational GB League designed to bring together all BF affiliated clubs and fencers from across the UK. The session will explain more about the Playwaze platform used to manage the fixtures and how to get your club involved! Sign Up for this event is not yet live, information will be made available to all registered Club Admins.


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.

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 – Webinar; Risk Assessment Webinar with Hannah. You can watch the recording of this Webinar here.

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

Thursday 10th December – Regional Chairs

Wednesday 2nd December- Club

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

Thursday 12th November – Club

Thursday 15th October Club

Thursday 17th September Welfare Officers

Thursday 10th September COVID-19 Officers

Wednesday 9th September COVID-19 Officers

Tuesday 8th September COVID-19 Officers

Thursday 23rd July COVID-19 Officers

Wednesday 22nd July COVID-19 Officers

Tuesday 21st July COVID-19 Officers

Tuesday 7th July Welfare Officers

Friday 5th June Coaches 

Monday 1st June Welfare Officers

Wednesday 27th May Welfare Officers

Monday 18th May Club

Monday 11th May Club

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.

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