During November, our strategic partners London Youth hosted two online discussions with BF and a number of youth groups that deliver fencing. The purpose of the meetings was to engage directly with the groups to support them in restarting fencing in their clubs.
BF wanted to update youth group leaders on the current best practice, supporting them with ideas and ways of safely delivering fencing whilst in the tier system, as well as answering any questions they had. We were keen to ensure that leaders felt comfortable with the current regulations around delivering fencing in a Covid safe environment, whilst ensuring that the sessions remain fun and engaging for all involved.
Since 2015, London Youth has been a strategic partner to BF in providing swordplay opportunities to young people living across London and its boroughs. These targeted projects, funded by Sport England and delivered by Youth Groups directly, connect our sport to individuals that would not necessarily engage with fencing. These projects have been very successful in positively impacting young people’s lives.
John Jones, London Youth Sports Development Manager said, “Impactful sport programmes that place young people and the needs of their communities as the central focus are needed now more than ever. It’s why I’m delighted we are continuing our five-year partnership with British Fencing into 2021. Together, we’ve listened to youth workers, we’ve heard directly from young people and it’s why we’ll continue to drive our approach through trusted community youth organisations, using fencing to support young Londoners physical and mental wellbeing”.
Ian Lichfield, Projects and Programmes Manager said “I felt genuine pride as a coach to listen and witness first-hand, how fencing resonates with these young people, improving the offering from the Youth Groups beyond mainstream sports and the impact that this has for the participants.”
The work our coaches, clubs, volunteers, partners and community do to keep our sport safe, fun and viable is vitally important and we want to thank our members for your patience at this time. We will as always, update our Covid-19 advice and guidance page with the current status for all Home Nations.
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