21st February 2014
AWARDS SCHEME EXTENDED TO INCLUDE MiniSWORD AND GO/FENCE
British Fencing is pleased to announce the launch of two new award schemes that will support the existing weapon-specific awards programme.
The MiniSWORD Awards for 5-7 year olds are focused on the FUNdamentals of Movement – Agility, Balance and Coordination (ABCs) – as well as the importance of fun in sport and the enjoyment of exercise. Badges and certificates featuring the cheerful, friendly, fencing fox can be awarded by British Fencing registered coaches and leaders to each mini-fencer as they complete the three stages of the award scheme.
The GO/FENCE Awards are aimed at the 8+ age groups and are focused on a wider range of fencing skills and knowledge including technique, etiquette, history, young leadership and basic refereeing. Badges and certificates will be awarded at bronze, silver and gold levels for fencers using plastic or metal fencing equipment.
The existing, long-lasting Achievement Awards, that have proved very useful to many coaches and clubs will continue, using Grades 1-6 only and a reduced cost.
Speaking about the new award schemes, British Fencing’s Head of Development, Margaret Nolan said; “The new schemes are a great addition to our current awards programme. Now young fencers can start to collect their badges from an earlier age and demonstrate that they are proficient in a wide range of skills and movements. We hope more coaches and leaders will use these resources to reward their pupils, promote their clubs, grow membership and retain fencers in the sport for longer. We would particularly like to thank Beth Davidson and Clare Halsted who have worked tirelessly for many months to get these schemes off the ground.”
More information about these awards is available on the British Fencing website, here.