Get People Fishing
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Fishing is an excellent pastime for young people; it teaches them to concentrate, to interpret their surroundings, to visualise the invisible and to learn about triumph and disaster. It is something people can do throughout their lives in groups of any size, or enjoy by themselves. It nurtures responsibility and environmental citizenship and has been demonstrated to reduce youth offending and increase participation in schools dramatically. It provides opportunities for young and old people to do a shared activity, which helps support strong communities and families.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn how to fish and should have access to safe and clean places to go fishing, which will also be havens for wildlife. We also want to see a wider range of people getting into fishing, including women, minority groups and people with disabilities. The average age of anglers is increasing every year and it is still very much a white male-dominated sport.
What we will do:
- Continue to increase the number of trained, licensed coaches, secure local and regional funds for angling development and increase participation in under-represented groups.
- Work in partnership with the Environment Agency and Angling Trades Association to promote and co-ordinate National Fishing Month, which will involve free events for newcomers to angling.
- Work with Get Hooked On Fishing to get angling into more schools, involve more youth groups and give more children the chance to go fishing Continue to develop with our member clubs County Angling Action Groups to increase local funding streams for angling development and work in partnership with schools to deliver angling on the curriculum.
- Employ a media team to promote angling to young people via Facebook, You Tube and Twitter and to use the media to promote opportunities to go fishing.
- Provide more subsidies for coaching courses and starter pack equipment for under-privileged young people.
- Support other angling development and education organisations with funding bids and promotional support to help them achieve their objectives.
- Develop angling academies where budding young anglers can hone their skills for competition angling.
- Secure more funding by developing high-quality projects which appeal to public and private sector supporters.