Crown Hills Community College is a specialist sports college in Leicester, England with more than 1200 pupils and more than 200 staff members. Crown Hills emphasises physical education with a large field for sports, especially the football grounds called ‘Goals’. Our five-year partnership with Crown Hills Community College licenses them as an ‘Official Training Partner’ with British Fencing.
Crown Hills operates their license in the North West Leicestershire, Hinckley and Bosworth, Blaby, Harborough, Rutland, Melton, Charnwood and Leicester areas. The license provides Crown Hills with full training and support to deliver the ‘British Fencing Primary School Resource Pack’ (PSRP*). The partnership also enables them to deliver the ‘British Fencing Core Coach’ programme to teachers in the area, introducing fencing to schools with an emphasis on fun, accessible experiences.
James Giling, Sports Academy Manager with Crown Hills says, “Here at Crown Hills, the embedded partnership with British Fencing has enabled us to reach for the stars in terms of addressing our ambition that all students adhere to our common values and follow our sporting excellence programme, achieving the very highest standards of sporting and academic performance.”
*About the British Fencing License Partner Programme and Primary School Resource Pack:
Official Training Partners are equipped with the knowledge, support and training to deliver the British Fencing Primary School Resource Pack, a researched and field-tested bank of 36 lesson plans, aligned with the British Fencing philosophy around a participant’s journey in the sport of fencing. The lessons also align with the British Fencing Achievement Awards of ‘MiniSwords’ (foam delivery aimed at 5-7-year-olds) and ‘Go/Fence’ (plastic delivery aimed at 8+).
Partners like Crown Hills, with access to the Primary School Resource Pack, attend a rigorous 3-day training process that provides underpinning insight and knowledge into how to use games and swordplay fun to introduce the sport of fencing to primary school children. The training also explores how to use the resources effectively to develop the young participant’s resilience and self-efficacy.
The resource pack has been developed and road-tested for 2 academic years and provides schools with a route to engage young people even if they don’t identify as ‘sporty’. We know fencing is a great tool to combat the notion of ‘sporty’ versus ‘non-sporty’ and we look forward to working with all our delivery partners to evidence this more widely.
For teachers and schools in the Leicestershire area, please contact us and a member of the Crown Hills or British Fencing team will be in touch.
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