BFA has launched a new membership scheme (http://britishfencing.com/membership/new_membership_scheme/), which introduces a new range of membership categories. This will have an impact on our youth fencing community as different categories of membership will have access to different types of event.
In order to provide a coherent pathway, the Board has decided the following categorisation of youth events in Wales will apply from the start of the 2016/2017 season:
The British Youth Championship Qualifiers will be designated as Competitive events; fencers will therefore require the Compete level of membership (either at Under 13 or at Under 20 age groups) to fence in these events;
- NGB Development
The Welsh Youth Foil, Epee and Sabre events will be designated as NGB Development events; fencers will therefore only require Recreational level of membership to be able to fence at these. Fencers with Compete membership will also be able to fence at these events.
BFA introduced the Recreational category in order to encourage 'clubs, counties and regions to embrace opportunities to provide new fencing opportunities experiences aimed at people who wish to engage in fencing in different and less traditional ways'. Welsh Fencing intend to support this by the introduction of a new set of events to be introduced next season. Fencers will be able to access these events with a Recreational membership. Fencers with Compete membership will also be able to fence at these events.
We therefore invite coaches, clubs and fencers to respond to this by proposing ideas of how this new series of events could be structured, organised and run. Welsh Fencing will support this by provision of facilites and equipment at the Sport National Centre, Sophia Gardens, and by registering the events with BFA. Please ensure you review the definitions provided by BFA when you are developing these ideas, as BFA have outlined a clear set of characteristics of recreational events.
Please send your ideas direct to the Chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org