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Angling’s Pathway to the Future.

31.01.14

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The England Talent Pathway programme has evolved considerably since its introduction in 2010. The programme provides talented young anglers with the ambition of fishing for England with the opportunity to develop new skills and participate in International themed competition.

The main aim of the Angling Trust England Talent Pathway is to raise the standard of sporting achievement in angling and improve international performance.

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On Saturday 18th January, 17 youngsters from the Northern programme embarked on the next phase of their journey through the programme and found themselves on the banks of the popular Stainforth & Keadby canal at Thorne. Head Coach Tony Campbell and a team of coaches found themselves working alongside the Angling Trust’s very own Frankie Gianocelli, 3 times World Junior champion Matt Godfrey and top match men Nick Speed and Tom Scholey.

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Two Separate taster sessions were put on to introduce everyone to bloodworm fishing. Despite a damp and cold start to the day the canal was on great form with the youngsters catching well throughout the day. The first session was to demonstrate the general principals of bloodworm and joker fishing, mixing groundbait and soil, and methods, going through rigs, shotting patterns, elastics, hooks & hook lengths. After the practical demonstration it was down to the simple techniques required for this style of fishing at international level. The youngsters then took to the water to put into practice what they had learned from the guys.

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Frankie Gianocelli, Angling Trust Regional Office for Yorkshire and Humber commented “The day was great, and it was great to see Matt Godfrey, Nick Speed and Tom Scholey turn up to offer some advice to the youngsters. It was very refreshing to see the enthusiasm to this style of fishing. Commercial fishing has taken somewhat of a lead role in young anglers angling development, but I can assure you the demand for natural fishing is there. I just don’t think there is enough going on for young and new anglers, but the Talent Pathway is a great opportunity for youngsters who dream of fishing for England to learn the styles and techniques required.

If anyone is interested in getting involved in the Talent Pathway , you can contact your Regional Development Officer to find out what’s on in your area – www.anglingtrust.net/meettheteam

Or visit our website for detailed information www.anglingtrust.net/talentpathway

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