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SOLIDARITY PROGRAMME: FOSTERING GROWTH AND COLLABORATION AMONG EUROPEAN FEDERATIONS

16.10.2023 22:20

Solidarity Program

The Solidarity Programme has been established with the aim of promoting technical, cultural, organizational, and management exchanges among European federations. By fostering solidarity and co-operation, this initiative seeks to enhance the growth and development of coaches, athletes, referees, and federation managers across Europe.

The Solidarity Programme addresses training course costs by providing opportunities for skills enhancement without financial burdens. This approach is not a comprehensive solution, but it serves as a meaningful step towards growth and collaboration within the European fencing community.

Recently (October 12th to October 15th 2023), a notable course took place in Rome, which marked an important milestone in this programme. The course was organized by the Italian Fencing Federation and focused on the technical aspects of foil fencing. This course welcomed twelve esteemed fencing coaches who were hosted throughout the programme. Renowned instructors such as Fabrizio Villa, Valerio Aspromonte, Fabio Galli, Filippo Romagnoli, and Eugenio Migliore led the sessions, ensuring the delivery of high-quality training. During the course for technicians also a member of the Referees Commission, Martina Ganassin, provided valuable insights and guidance in her intervention.

The course commenced on Thursday morning, with participants quickly immersing themselves in valuable training sessions. Over the following days, attendees eagerly engaged in knowledge sharing and skill-building exercises. The course concluded on Sunday noon, with Giorgio Scarso, President of the European Fencing Confederation (EFC), presenting the participants with their well-deserved certificates of completion. It is worth noting that attendees hailed from 10 different countries, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Ireland, Sweden, Ukraine, Greece and Cyprus.

This successful course in Rome is part of a series of initiatives within the Solidarity Programne. In addition to Italy, the participating federations include France, Great Britain, Sweden, Hungary, and Spain. Before the foil course, a saber course took place in Hungary. The coach courses will culminate with an epee course in France from 6th to 10th November 2023. In addition to these courses,  British Fencing organized a Safeguarding managers course in June, and the Swedish Federation conducted a course for Management of International Competitions  (DT) and call room officials in September. Furthermore, in September, thanks to the dedication and grant provided by Mr. Roberto Gotti, the Historical Fencing Federal Center organized a course for historical fencing instructors. It is important to recognize the contributions made by all the federations involved in these diverse initiatives for their significant role in the success of the Solidarity Programme.

In these uncertain times, it is crucial to emphasize the spirit of solidarity that is developing within the European fencing community. The Solidarity Programme serves as a testament to the power of collaboration, sharing knowledge, and supporting each other. Through this programme, federations are laying the foundation for a stronger and more united European fencing community.

To learn more about the Solidarity Programme, visit our website and explore the dedicated section.

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