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Hadlow College Receives National Fishing for Schools Award at House of Commons Champions’ Reception

Posted on 19th January 2018 in Fisheries Management

Hadlow College was recently recognised in the Fishing for Schools Champions’ Awards, held at the House of Commons on 15th November. At the event, hosted by Countryside Alliance chairman Simon Hart MP, the College was presented with the award for Best Fishery for its Grove Farm facilities. Commercial Fisheries Manager Brian Bailey attended to collect the award from Fishing for Schools Founder and Director and world-famous angler, Charles Jardine.

Mr. Jardine commented: “To say that the decision was unanimous would be an understatement. It is hard to imagine a fishery with better facilities - the newly built classroom is an inspired hub.  Importantly, Grove Farm not only has superlative fishing, but sympathetic and easy access for anglers and students of all abilities: a huge plus for Grove’s design and functionality. The fishery is sculpted into the natural world around it, leading to the calm that is so often the factor that relaxes and aids so many of our clients.

“Perhaps, though, the most significant fishing ‘X factor’ for Grove is the synergy between the Hadlow College Aquaculture centre and fish farm and the actual angling water - it is rare, if not unique to find this synergy of skill in one sector being able to be deployed so effectively in another. An unbroken line of excellence. Hadlow and the Grove are outstanding and worthy winners of this, our first award in this genre.”

Fishing for Schools is an initiative run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation, the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It provides short angling courses to schools across the country, to aid the education of 12 to 18-year-olds who may not respond well to traditional classroom-based tuition but flourish via alternative learning.

Hadlow College offers a range of Full-time and Undergraduate courses in fisheries management. Its state-of-the-art facilities including a new fish hatchery and fish farm. Its commercial fishing lakes, open to the public on specific days, are well stocked with a variety of different freshwater fish, meaning there is something for every angler. The College works closely with the Environment Agency, CEFAS and is supported by Angling Direct and Coppens.

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