For beginners and improvers of any age, gender or level of angling ability.
In recent years our work with junior anglers has consisted largely of introductory
sessions at Wyvern pool during the summer holidays. These have always proved
to be both popular and successful, but the pandemic has meant we’ve not been
able to run them recently.
As a degree of normality is now returning it is time for us to look again at the work we do with junior anglers.
One of our bailiffs, Mark Leathwood, is a qualified Level 2 angling coach and he has put forward a number of ideas for building on what we have achieved in the past and also for expanding our activities in the future.
Our old Junior Officer Tommy Ratcliffe has now retired from his position after many years of invaluable service to both the Association and to the wider community of which we are a part. Our thanks go to Tommy for passing on his angling skills and knowledge to so many young people over the years.
Mark has now taken up this role but we have renamed it ‘Angling Development Officer’. This is to reflect our wish to support the learning and development of anglers of all ages, not just juniors. In addition he will be looking for help from as many volunteers as possible.
Mark has set up a series of sessions to run throughout 2022. Some will be designed to help novice anglers of all ages, others will be aimed at improvers wishing to develop their existing angling skills. This will include sessions looking at more specialised forms of angling, such as the dedicated pursuit of specimen fish including carp and pike.
During the summer holidays there will be a series of five junior matches with points awarded to everyone who attends and everyone who catches a fish, as well as to those catching the heaviest weights of fish. The award of prizes will not only recognise the accomplishments of those who have caught the most fish and the biggest fish, but also those who’s angling skills have improved the most over the course of the series. This means that everyone has a chance of winning a prize.
You will need some tackle to join in with the sessions, but we are hoping to get some rods in the near future for anyone that just wants to have a go without any commitment to purchase anything up front.
The sessions will be run by Mark, but if you have skills that you feel you could pass onto others and are willing to get involved, Mark would be delighted to hear from you. Mark is an experienced and accomplished predator angler but he will need help from those who know more about the many other facets of coarse angling. If you feel you could help please get in touch with Mark. His contact details are:
Tel. 07494 - 544494
Further details, including dates and locations of sessions and matches are now available to book. There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the year for you to get involved.
So, no matter what your age, gender, or level of experience, if you want to learn how to fish, or how to catch more fish, or even just the bigger fish, there will be sessions designed to help you. Click Below to book your place on any of the sessions
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Angling Development Introduction
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