Club Grants - Membership Development 2017 - 2018

Fencing in Scotland needs a constant flow of new entrants to the sport if we are to grow and also perform better in competitions. 

Scottish Fencing wants to encourage this growth and recognises that sometimes funding is a limiting factor to the delivery of introductory beginners’ classes and courses.  This season (2017-18), SF can support clubs and coaches deliver fencing programmes which introduce new participants to the sport by providing grants of up to £500.

We have 3 specific targeted areas;

  • Plastic Fencing (Young people - primary school age)
  • Women Beginners/Returners (highlighting the fitness element of the courses)
  • Parent and Child Sessions (Plastic kit based family orientated courses) 

The grants are limited and SF will award these on a competitive basis.   To apply, the club/coach needs to show there is a plan in place, staff are appropriately qualified and experienced and have access to the facilities and equipment necessary to deliver the proposed course.

The key criteria are:

  • Applicants need to give details of the programme, and how the club/coach will support the fencers through the course and beyond.
  • Programmes should engage an agreed number of new participants.
  • The programme should consist of a series of weekly sessions.
  • Sessions must be led by qualified coaching staff that have an awareness and experience of working with the target group.  All coaching staff should have the appropriate qualifications including first aid and have a PVG check through Scottish Fencing. 
  • Clubs applying should be working towards at least Standard Level in Scottish Fencing’s  Swordmark club accrediation scheme. .
  • Applicants should demonstrate how the project will create sustainable activity after the initial sessions, and provide a route for all participants to be able to continue to participate in fencing regularly.
  • Each funded programme must deliver an agreed number of new members of Scottish Fencing, evidenced by a list of names and membership numbers.  Memberships may be Starter, Recreational or Competitive and the club/coach needs to join all participants to SF before the programme begins
  • Limited funds are available and SF will allocate grants on merit, judged by a selection group.  SF will release funds on receipt of a final report on the programme, including participation levels and member details.
  • There are 3 rounds of funding.  Key dates for applicants are as follows:

 

Round

Applications Open

Closing Date

Report Due

1

Fri 4 Aug 2017

Fri 01 Sep 2017

Fri 27 Oct 2017

2

Fri 29 Sep 2017

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Fri 05 Jan 2018

3

Fri 01 Dec 2017

Fri 18 Dec 2017

Fri 23 Feb 2018

 

  • Clubs or coaches are eligible to apply once in each round of funding.

 

Apply for Round 1 here: Application Form

 

If you have any queries regarding the Club Grants Membership Development or need help to complete the application, please contact Andy Alderman – Club Development Officer.