By now the impact of the Covid-19 virus is being felt across all communities in the UK. Our fencing community is no different and in these changing times we must all look for ways to support each other.
The situation is changing on a daily basis, and we have to be honest in that we don’t have all the answers to all the questions that we are being asked. So, at this time we thought it would be helpful to explain what we are doing as an organisation and what you can expect from us:
We are understandably being contacted by coaches, clubs and event organisers for specific advice. Fencing is delivered in a number of settings and each one needs to be assessed under the government advice at the time. The factors that apply to our affiliated clubs and events may differ and, for that reason, it may still be possible to safely deliver fencing activities in certain situations. Decisions should be made based on current information and guidance from the Government and Public Health and applied appropriately to your specific situation. We don’t know the scenario at each and every activity and we aren’t experts in Public Health so it’s impossible for us to provide more specific advice. Many of our clubs will be operating out of externally managed facilities and any plans to continue delivering fencing should be discussed with the facility manager.
Many of our affiliated clubs deliver fencing activities that could be considered as non-essential. We recommend that those clubs follow the current guidance summarised by the PM’s statement: “now is the time to stop all non-essential contact with others”. Do remember that you can still keep in contact with all your club members through your existing online channels and can play a vital role in supporting our community through any social isolation.
During this time the health and wellbeing of our community is of the utmost importance – please continue to follow the official guidance and look after yourself and each other.
CEO of British Fencing
Chair of British Fencing
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