WHY AREN’T CLUBS DO­ING MORE TO AT­TRACT JU­NIORS?

Na­tional line-up shows that most are fish­ing only for carp I

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FIND it dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that no more than seven clubs could put out teams for this year’s Ju­nior Na­tional.

Thir­teen teams com­peted, four in the Cadet sec­tion and nine in the Ju­niors. The In­ter­me­di­ate sec­tion wasn’t even fished.

Most clubs don’t do any­where near enough to at­tract young­sters, but thank­fully some do, like Go­dalm­ing Angling So­ci­ety, whose ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers give up their time to help bring on the next gen­er­a­tion of an­glers and run a se­ries of ‘train­ing’ events for them.

Go­dalm­ing AS also runs ‘taster’ days for young­sters at its Marsh Farm com­plex.

I am sure plenty of other clubs are do­ing the same, but names such as Leeds, Barns­ley and War­ring­ton, that used to fea­ture very strongly in Ju­nior Na­tion­als, are now miss­ing. I at­tended a ju­nior pre­sen­ta­tion night for Leeds sev­eral years ago and the tro­phy ta­ble was loaded. Where are those kids... and the next group?

The ease and avail­abil­ity of carp fish­ing ob­vi­ously at­tracts far more young­sters than canals and rivers, but I still feel that clubs could do far more... not only to boost angling but to en­sure their own con­tin­u­ing fu­ture.

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