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“Fishing has made me feel more confident trying new things” - A review of Fishing for Schools

Whilst our thoughts are very much focused on the Autumn term and supporting young people and schools for the remainder of this year, we thought it was time to take stock of our progress this year to date.

Over 200 young people have participated in a Fishing for Schools sessions this year, with our blend of angling education helping build confidence, develop life skills and support wellbeing through fishing and the natural world.

Some of our 2023 highlights include:

  • Introducing fishing to young people at nine new schools in areas including Bristol, Somerset, Norfolk, Essex and Kent

  • Delivering sea fishing sessions on the east and south coast

  • Welcoming our much valued funders to see our work in action

  • June’s casting marathon, which saw fishing legends Charles Jardine and Peter Cockwill raise over £3,500 in aid of Fishing for Schools

  • Fishing sessions with community disability groups during the school summer break

  • Our annual art competition in Kent, kindly organised by Fishing for Schools coach Warren White

Feedback from the young people who have taken part this year:

“Fishing helps me focus and to get away. I feel calm and find it therapeutic.”

“I’ve really enjoyed fishing and it has inspired me to want to keep fishing”

"I’ve got more confident as I’ve learnt new things.”

“I’ve found it really calm and peaceful. One day I didn’t manage to catch anything but I was still very patient and just found the whole experience really fun.”

Feedback from schools taking part this year:

“It has been fantastic! The children have gained so much from the experience, they are so much more confident with the fish. They have been resilient and have shown great teamwork.”

“We cannot thank you enough for giving our young students this opportunity to grow with independence and to learn a life skill.”

“ They come back each week beaming, so I know they are gaining a lot from it. It is really supporting their growth and their skills.”

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