We Are Forging Futures: British Fencing's new programme

Posted 14th February 2023

At school, every student, whether that primary or secondary, should have the opportunity to begin a fulfilling journey of personal development. We Are Forging Futures, from British Fencing, helps to unlock that journey, enabling children to evolve into confident, resilient, and skilled adults.

We Are Forging Futures harnesses the exciting world of swordplay and fencing as part of a distinctive learning journey, unlocking untapped potential, renewing self-belief and opening up a world of possibilities.

We Are Forging Futures’ flagship programme is an Ofsted aligned Resilience and Self-Efficacy programme and anyone interested in this area of our work can go to the new website to learn more about how we support schools or multi-sport providers directly. The website will continually be updated, with information on We Are Forging Futures’ development work, partner network news and interesting educational news that aligns with the programme offerings.

This We Are Forging Futures fencing activity can be delivered in PE curriculum or extra curriculum clubs to compliment a schools PESSPA provision, as well as utilised as enrichment learning as part of personal development objectives for children or for targeting select groups e.g. pupil premium or special educational needs. The swordplay themed programme aimed at primary and secondary years incorporates equipment and 36 lesson plans / learning outcomes, which are align to Ofsted, to allow for progression across the different age groups and key stages (delivered by App or Desktop).

As part of this exciting personal development fencing programme, schools gain teacher training through British Fencing’s Core Coach qualification, activity equipment including foam and plastic swords, CPD for teachers/coaches, achievement awards for pupils and delivery lesson plans accessible on an App or Desktop. Additionally, all partners gain 20% discount on all future orders of equipment with leading fencing equipment supplier, Leon Paul.

The personal development programme was developed and road-tested for two academic years and provides schools with a route to engage young people, even if they don’t identify as ‘sporty’.

With a growing number of schools and multi-sport providers joining the We Are Forging Futures delivery programme, one of our most recent partnerships with Mulberry School for Girls (Ayan Abdi, Director of Enrichment), said,

“We are so excited to start this partnership. We anticipate this will make a wonderful addition to our school’s enrichment offer. Most importantly this partnership will give our students key skills including resilience, and self- determination while also gaining an insight into fencing.”

If you would like more information about our work in schools, please contact Harry Brown, National Partnership and Engagement Manager (07840 856370).

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