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Young and Disabled Anglers to Benefit From £5K Grant to Fishing 4 Schools Project at Grove Farm

Posted on 4th August 2016 in

We're delighted to announce that the College and the Countryside Alliance Foundation's Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) project have received a £5,000 grant from the Angling Trust to improve facilities for disabled fishers and train young instructors at our Grove Farm Fishery.

F4S runs short courses that offer a different way of learning for pupils, many with special educational needs, who often find academic work difficult but respond well to alternative learning. They integrate aspects of angling – for example weights and measures and fish biology - into the National Curriculum and also encourage them to try a new outdoor activity.

Students from the schools that visit Hadlow will benefit from the construction of three new wheelchair-accessible “swims" or fishing platforms at Grove Farm and improved pathways round the site.

The grant will also fund the training of six students to become volunteer instructors for open days and taster sessions for young people run at the fishery.

Renowned fly-fisherman and director of F4S, Charles Jardine, said: “We are thrilled to receive this funding from the governing body for fishing in the UK. This will help us in our work with Hadlow and improve the facilities for everyone who uses the fishing lakes.

“Being able to train these young people to receive their Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications is very important, so we will have an unbroken stream of young instructors who can coach their peers and continue our work in Kent."

Brian Bailey, Hadlow College's Commercial Fisheries Manager, added: “The funding will enable us to improve our facilities and equipment and will allow us to increase participation in angling and outdoor activities, whilst increasing awareness of employment and opportunities in the land-based sector."

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust said: “Many congratulations to Fishing 4 Schools for securing these funds in a field with many other very worthy applications.  By training their students to qualify as angling coaches they will be helping to build a long term sustainable future for angling in partnership with the Angling Trust's National Angling Strategy, supported by rod licence funds from the Environment Agency."

Funding from the Angling Trust's Angling Improvement Fund will enable F4S and the College to:​

  • Buy and construct three swims as well as complete pathways and fencing around Grove Farm fishery. This will be completed by the fishery manager and Hadlow College Fisheries students. Many students volunteer their free time to help the fishery and gain work experience.
  • Purchase fishing equipment to be used by all groups on angling open days and taster sessions. This equipment will also be used by other community groups.
  • Fund six students to obtain the Angling Trust's Level 1 and Level 2 angling coaching qualifications. These students will then assist coaches in open days and taster sessions as volunteers.
  • Deliver a Fishing 4 Schools Open Day at Grove Farm Fishery later in the year for schools across Kent and the South of England, offering pupils aged from 12-16 short stimulating sessions over a wide range of angling-related topics.  These days are very popular with schools nationally.

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