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Activity Alliance supports British Fencing’s Level Access Survey

Activity Alliance’s Research and Insight team has worked with British Fencing to help them understand the level of inclusive delivery at fencing clubs across the UK.

A fencer in a white top with black face shield lunges forwards.

The Level Access Survey was designed to give the National Governing Body for Fencing a better picture of accessibility at local clubs for disabled participants.

The online survey, taken from February 13 to March 5, provided insight into the level of inclusive delivery across the UK. It also explored the support clubs may need to help more disabled people take part in fencing.

The survey was completed by 22% of fencing clubs across the UK. Of those who completed the survey, 61% of clubs currently work with disabled fencers. Findings included the fact that overall access to equipment, lack of knowledge of how to adapt sessions, and space were the top barriers that limited respondents ability to support disabled people to take part.

The results gathered led to a series of recommendations written by British Fencing.

Rick Rodgers, British Fencing Inclusion Officer (Disability), said:

"Our sincere thanks to all those who participated in the survey, and to the insight team at Activity Alliance for their support in the survey delivery and reporting. This information will help us in directing resources and providing the best support possible to increase coaches’ confidence and participation by disabled people within our sport."

Download the Level Access 2023 Final Summary Report.

Find out more about our research and insight team here.