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Angling enthrals over 4 million people in the UK and The Countryside Alliance Foundation is having great success in inspiring youngsters to take part through an exciting initiative called Fishing for Schools.

The Countryside Alliance Foundation’s Fishing for Schools project takes young people between the ages of 14 and 16 with special educational needs and introduces them to our waterways. These children find academic work particularly difficult but respond well to alternative learning. The aim is to teach them the skills of fly-fishing and in doing so explore and enjoy other areas within the natural world. The course introduces young people to fly-tying, pond-dipping, equipment assembly, casting games, knot-tying, fishing, water safety, nature observation, bank-side conservation and, vitally, respect for our wildlife. Fishing for Schools has been purpose built to offer skills and confidence to young people who so often never attain their true potential, and provides great fun along the way.

Feedback from the earlier courses has revealed a dramatic difference in the behaviour of many participants. More than 350 disadvantaged children have benefited from the course. Over 120 young people have enjoyed the course this year alone from schools across England and Wales. I am a lifelong angler and am passionate about it, so it is a great introduce youngsters to our beautiful waterways.

Charles Jardine

The Countryside Alliance Foundation

Old Town Hall

367 Kennington Road


SE11 4PT