BF kicked off our new series of community discussion events this week with our first discussion, aimed at club representatives.
These discussion events are designed as a space for members to come together with BF staff and partners to share best practice and facilitate conversation around what Fencing can look like during and after lockdown. We are aware there are lots of things to discuss and many questions that we won’t be able to answer just yet, as we all wait on government guidance. Feedback from these events will be discussed by BF’s Return to Fencing Working Group and factored into the wider plans to support the community as we get back to fencing.
Monday’s session saw us talk about topics such as the possibility of continuing Fencing training outdoors and the benefits and challenges associated with that along with the implication of maintaining social distancing once we are able to return to venues. We touched on opportunities to better promote online sessions, and also how the sport could adapt training and competitions to be best placed to welcome current and new participants as soon as government guidance allows.
With so many clubs wanting to get involved we were hugely oversubscribed and have now scheduled a further two dates for club representatives.
We have also extended the series to include events for other member groups including community coaches, welfare officers, competition organisers and performance coaches.
A timetable of future discussions, along with sign up information, is available here.
In the meantime please note that the current easing of the restrictions does not permit any return to community fencing. There were however some new opportunities for coaches to provide additional training within the government guidelines published on 13.5.2020. Click here for more information.
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