On 11th May 2022 Sport England announced that British Fencing (BF) was successful in securing £2.7m investment over 5 years from Sport England, based on delivery against agreed objectives to support ambitions of Sport England’s 10-year Uniting the Movement strategy.
This funding supports our work in delivering our Partnership Programmes and Athlete Development Programme whilst also contributing to our role in governing the sport and supporting our clubs and workforce to create inclusive and accessible opportunities for people to participate in fencing.
Uniting the Movement
In 2021, Sport England announced Uniting the Movement, a 10-year vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity.
To achieve this vision, Sport England will fund and work with a range of organisations who have a shared belief in removing the barriers that exist when trying to access sport and physical activity and importantly, tackling the inequalities that prevent too many people being active. The funding is intended to support meaningful change in organisations that deliver sport and physical activity, so that people are no longer excluded due to gender, ethnicity, lived experiences and more.
BF believes that fencing has a role to play. As an organisation our strategic objectives 2/3 & 5 already align with the Sport England strategy:
2. A stronger, empowered, diverse and inclusive community of 30,000 fencers, volunteers, coaches and supporters
3. Accessible inclusive swordplay opportunities delivered via partnership programmes
5. Maximise the wider benefits of fencing and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives
Our additional objectives include:
Partnership Programmes – Our highly successful Muslim Girls Fence project and our pilot project working with young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder are just two examples of where fencing projects delivered by BF in collaboration with external partners (working together to bring in additional external funding) can make a positive impact on peoples lives. We recognise the role that fencing can play in peoples lives beyond purely giving people the opportunity to be active, we have also seen it serve as a tool for making positive social change in communities and individuals lives. Funding to deliver our Partnership Programmes is spread over 3 years at £227K per year.
Athlete Development Programme (SE Talent) – Our ‘Talent‘ funded work will continue to focus on athlete wellbeing and needs, providing an inclusive and experiential Athlete Development Programme (ADP) based on our belief that ‘Better People make Better Athletes’, whilst delivering pathway training and competition opportunities for athletes, coaches, officials and the extended workforce. Whilst the ADP supports the whole performance pathway to Olympic success, the Talent funded elements primarily focus on the U17, U20and U23 age groups as they move up the pathway. Talent funding is spread over 3 years at £162K per year.
Governance and Systemic Role of the National Governing Body
Our funded objectives to support Uniting the Movement as agreed with Sport England include:
Governance and Systemic funding is spread over 5 years and is £309K per year.
Following the transfer of responsibilities for disability fencing into British Fencing , this provides an exciting opportunity to increase opportunities at all levels of our sport for people with disabilities, importantly not limited to those with disabilities who meet the categories to allow them to compete in para-fencing internationals. This is work that will be supported by all three areas of funded activity.
For more information about the funding we receive from UK Sport please click here.
For more information about how we use the income we received from members please click here.
For an overview of what we do as an organisation, what types of income we get and what they are used for please click here
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