On Thursday evening, the MGF team was invited to meet the brilliant ladies involved in the Birmingham fencing project running at Ladywood Leisure Centre.
The ladies celebrated their achievements, receiving their Bronze and Silver Awards, followed by an evening of talking about their shared passion and drive to continue to fence.
This was a particularly poignant evening, as it was the first celebration evening held since the start of the pandemic, with many of the ladies continuing to fence over Zoom during lockdown.
Coach Binni said, “It has been an emotional journey, returning into the world of face to face fencing, it not only was difficult for my students but also myself. Working together as a team this project has created something powerful. From a simple hello and reserved looks, what has been created within the group is truly overwhelming. Echos of laughter and strong conversations, faces that speak confidence, reflecting an atmosphere that can only be described as Unity.”
Virginia Bailey Head of Participation at BF said, “It was a pleasure and privilege to be invited to last night’s celebration event. Binni has created the most welcoming, warm and friendly of spaces that makes you want to go back week after week! Whether it’s coming along for the social aspect, to try something new, or to become the best fencer they can be, she has catered for everyone’s needs. This coupled with the huge support received from the team at Ladywood who have worked tirelessly with Binni to make sure that the needs of all the women involved are met, this partnership is a brilliant example of people coming together to put the needs of the community first.”
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