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Volunteering Best Practice Guide: download a copy The majority of angling clubs are non profit making, heavily reliant upon volunteers for essential personnel such as committee members and water bailiffs. Volunteering is essential but subject to certain legislation. For this reason, angling organisations must be aware of the legalities and ethics involved, protecting both the organisation and volunteer. An awareness of Best Practice will better equip clubs to provide the best volunteering experience. This guide is essential for anyone in angling who works with volunteers - covering the key aspects of working with volunteers, providing advice and signposting further information.

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Voluntary Bailiff Service To find out how to become a Volunteer Bailiff please click on the logo

Volunteering in Angling with the Angling Trust

Volunteering in Angling
There are many opportunities to volunteer in angling, whether through the Angling Trust or with local clubs, fisheries and projects. The Angling Trust is committed to working with clubs, fisheries, angling projects and individuals who give up their time to work within the sport of angling.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any organisation and the majority of sports bodies could not operate without them. Within angling, volunteers can participate in dozens of roles.

With the Angling Trust you could volunteer:
  • as a bailiff within the Voluntary Bailiff Service
  • to help organise or support one of our participation events
  • as a manager or coach of one of our elite Team England angling teams
  • to help on our stand at angling shows
  • to organise or steward at Angling Trust angling competitions
  • to work in our membership, campaigns, competitions, development or finance and business teams
  • as a coach educator and provide coaching training to new coaches
  • by becoming a director of Angling Trust or a committee member of Fish Legal
Through local clubs, fisheries and angling projects you could volunteer in a variety of roles, including:
  • a licensed coach
  • a water keeper
  • a fishery officer
  • club official (chair, secretary, treasurer, welfare officer etc)
  • participating in work parties on fisheries
  • helping on project events with other organisations, such as Get Hooked on Fishing
Benefits of becoming an angling volunteer
Some of the benefits of becoming a volunteer include:
  • developing new skills
  • access to training and resources
  • gaining hands on experience
  • meeting new people
  • helping others
  • improved confidence
  • building your CV
  • making a valuable contribution towards the future of angling
What can the Angling Trust do for you?
The Angling Trust has developed resources, support materials and services to help clubs and volunteers involved in angling. This includes:
  • a Volunteering Best Practice Guide
  • access to coach education training
  • opportunities to work with the Angling Trust
  • development programmes
  • DBS checks
  • advice on the legislation relating to safeguarding and protecting children
  • advice on accessing resources to support your training needs
  • support to gain Fishmark accreditation
To volunteer for a role with the Angling Trust please contact
To volunteer for the Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Service please contact

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
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