Our west of England team kicked off sessions with Bristol based Snowdon School this month. Sharing their angling knowledge and skills is a huge passion for Fishing for Schools coaches Lee Hooper and Julie Wicks.
Matt Duffield is the Curriculum Lead at Snowdon Village; he explains how Fishing for Schools is having a positive impact on the young people taking part:
“None of the learners at Snowdon Village have really experienced anything like this before, so they’ve each derived a lot of pleasure from it.
On the lakeside, I’ve seen so many incidents of teamwork and leadership as learners help each other, as well as patience, resilience and determination, trying to catch that ‘one that got away’!
Seeing the pride and sense of achievement on their faces when they’ve caught a fish is magical, and they’ve already begun to realise the benefits of learning outside the classroom; One learner voiced how fishing made him feel calmer. Another commented how they didn't think they'd enjoy it as much as they have.
All of the learners that have taken part have asked "When can we go again?", and colleagues have also mentioned to me how learners were 'buzzing' with enthusiasm when they returned to site!
All thanks goes to Lee and Julie for their expert knowledge, tuition and passion, along with their amazing manner with both learners and staff; We can't wait for our next session!”
Here are some images capturing the sessions to date.