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Award-winning projects 2018-19

Fifty-eight new angling projects were selected for funding from the Angling Improvement Fund during 2018-19 – with the total value of all the projects worth over £760,000.

In addition to the £296,000 awarded by the AIF, the winning applicants also contributed £280,000 themselves plus an estimated £187,000 of volunteer time.

Funding was split into four distinct but different themes:

General Maintenance

This popular theme was aimed at small scale, quick-to-deliver projects that assisted with the upkeep of venues that are popular with anglers and attracted 51 applications from a variety of organisations. Funding was provided to repair and/or upgrade swims, improve footpaths, car parking areas, toilet facilities, tree work and the installation of notice boards. In total just over £102,000 was invested in 23 winning projects that had an estimated value of almost £250,000.

Tacking Predation

Once again, this ever-present theme of tacking predation by fish eating birds and otters at venues throughout the country was as popular as ever with 29 applications being received. Grants towards this purpose are always part of the AIF and offer help to support non-lethal methods to protect fish stocks. In 2018-19, the AIF approved 12 projects and awarded £97,000 of rod licence income, including nine requests to help with the installation of an otter proof fence.

Access to Rivers

Funding towards improvements to enable anglers to safely navigate their way along the riverbank and the creation of new angling platforms was the focus of this theme. Organisations could apply for up to £5,000 and 11 of the 16 applications received were approved with grants totalling £48,000.

Access for All

In this theme the AIF looked to provide funding for infrastructure projects that would specifically aid facilities for disabled anglers and encourage junior participation. The AIF received 25 applications worth over £270,000 and 12 projects were eventually approved. Between them they received funding totalling almost £49,000 with most of the money being spent on improvements to pathways and new fishing platforms.

Here's some of the AIF-funded projects in 2018-19:

Ramsbottom Angling

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With its roots going back over 100 years, Ramsbottom Angling successfully applied for two AIF grants during the year. For the past few years, this north west-based club has been focussed on developing a junior angling programme with the aim of building its membership in the future.

In 2014 the club secured a Sport England grant to help build a base and classroom at its Clarence Park Lido venue, which it rents from the local council via a long-term agreement. Both grants from the AIF were aimed at supporting its junior programme and the improvement and development of this fishery which had recently seen a recent decline in its small fish stocks due to a variety of reasons.

Having sought expert advice from the Angling Trust, Environment Agency and the Institute of Fishery Management, AIF funding was secured towards the installation of coir rolls around the sides of the venue to improve fish habitat plus fish refugees to provide shelter from predatory birds.

A further grant was secured towards the purchase of a metal container that will be used to store the ever-growing stock of angling equipment which it uses to deliver its coaching events.

The club were delighted with the support received and wrote to us saying “they would like to acknowledge the far sightedness of both the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency in making this project a reality”.

Shrewsbury Town Fisheries

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Shrewsbury Town Fisheries is responsible for operating all aspects of coarse and game angling on still and running water owned by Shrewsbury Town Council.

This project involved the construction of some additional new permanent peg structures that did not protrude into the popular River Severn in the town centre, providing both pleasure and match anglers with safe access to fish.

This is part of a much bigger project which is to revamp all Shrewsbury Town Fisheries’ venues over the next three years, including two pools where they are also looking to improve coaching facilities.

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