The ten England Fencing Regions have a key role in growing the sport and England Fencing will be investing in developing grass roots fencing through them.
The role of the regions is to:
England Fencing has set aside £1000 per region to support their development aims plus an additional £10,000 national pot that regions can apply for through a competitive process. Regions are also eligible to apply for the Growth Grant along with clubs and other constituted organisations.
After a significant consultation on the future of the regions, England Fencing developed the Regional Articles which identified the following minimum steps regions need to take to be ready to excel in their role and be eligible for a grant
Regions are separately constituted organisations, giving them autonomy, flexibility and the opportunity to run their activities based on local need. England Fencing has produced a template to ensure that regions’ constitutions are fit for purpose. Constitutions need to be approved by England Fencing for the region committee to be recognised and eligible for grants.
In order to provide grant funding to regions, England Fencing need to ensure that funds are being properly managed.
All region committee members need to provide England Fencing with their contact details so that important information can be communicated and to ensure that volunteers acting on behalf of their region are properly insured. Region committee members can provide their details by completing the form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/regioncontactupdate
A development plan is a simple document stating what the region plans to achieve over a set period of time, how it will be achieved and what resources it requires. Development plans form the basis for grants to be awarded and are an opportunity for clubs and members to influence the priorities in their region and hold their regional representatives to account.
The development plan should be owned by the region and set out the regions’ priorities however each plan should be submitted to England Fencing to ‘Check and Challenge’ and identify how the plan can be resourced to meet its goals.
To assist regions in creating their development plan, a catalogue of British Fencing development services has been created.
To get involved with your region and have your say on what the region’s development aims should be. Click your region below to find out more: