An action-packed Summer for Fishing for School, Kent
The Fishing for Schools Kent team have been busy over the recent school summer holidays.
Once the traditional school holidays start, then our vital work with mental health and disability groups really kicks into gear.
Shorne Country Park has provided the perfect venue for various sessions for several disability groups; this year it is a fabulous group from Choice Support. The recent session was our second: the group having previously travelled to Grove Farm, Hadlow for their initial fishing session in late July.
In between the angling session, this group has produced some amazing artwork – all with a fish theme - which they brought along to the final session.
33 pieces of artwork were submitted in all, and special “hats (fishing, of course) off” to Javandeer who worked all through the weekend to produce a portfolio of amazing artwork. Well done all!
Warren White – our Kent lead coach – was moved to say:
“What a lovely group they are, patient, good team players and give it their all”
Former Fishing for Schools students Sam Weedon and Todd Andrews also caught up with Warren during the summer break; it is wonderful to think that both Todd and Sam got the fishing bug through taking part in Fishing for Schools, and as a result have taken up fishing as a main hobby and are progressing well.
Sam in is now one of our incredibly special Fishing for Schools Ambassadors: and we are so fortunate to have his passion and commitment added to our initiative. Sam is a former Rowhill School student who studied a BTEC fisheries course at his school and, as a result, won a place into Hadlow Agricultural college and now, also a AT Level 1 Angling coach. Sam’s clear aim is in encouraging more young people into angling.
As a result, Sam is also helping Warren and the team deliver a session to Charlton Athletic Community Group during the coming weeks.
Fishing for Schools coach, David Evans is also busy. David – our “man in black” is delivering angling events for Gravesham Council at Shorne Country Park during early August; this is an annual angling event set to encourage more juniors into fishing. David has, as always, the support of fellow F4S coaches.
All our F4S coaches are keen to encourage the next generation take up the sport and opportunities such as these, during National Fishing Month, are crucial.... but also, huge fun – as you can see.