Na­tional Fish­ing Month is back!

Over 250 events... and you can help to get more an­glers on the bank

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News editor

NOW’S your chance to be part of one of the most highly an­tic­i­pated events in the an­gling cal­en­dar.

This com­ing Fri­day sees the launch of Na­tional Fish­ing Month 2016 (NFM) that boasts more than 250 in­di­vid­ual, ac­tion-packed events held at award-win­ning fish­eries across the na­tion.

The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of NFM is to se­cure the fu­ture of our sport by in­tro­duc­ing new peo­ple to fish­ing. The fo­cus of the event is on ju­niors and fam­i­lies, who will be tak­ing part in hun­dreds of fun ini­tia­tives dur­ing the com­ing weeks.

Some of the sport’s big­gest names, along with lead­ing an­gling clubs, tackle com­pa­nies, or­gan­i­sa­tions and tackle shops, have united to throw their sup­port be­hind the scheme.

Or­gan­is­ers pre­dict that this year’s ex­trav­a­ganza, start­ing on July 22, will be the big­gest in NFM’s 24-year his­tory.

“Since the launch of this event it’s cre­ated over a quar­ter-of-amil­lion new an­glers, which is some­thing ev­ery­one in­volved is very proud of. This year’s NFM is shap­ing up to be very spe­cial in­deed,” said event or­gan­iser Naidre Werner.

“Even though there are hun­dreds of ini­tia­tives al­ready pen­cilled into the cal­en­dar, we are still en­cour­ag­ing any­one who wants to take part by stag­ing an event to con­tact us.

“There’s no bet­ter way of get­ting new­com­ers into the sport be­cause we can en­sure that ev­ery or­gan­iser gets the very best ad­vice and sup­port to en­sure their event is a big hit.”

Na­tional Fish­ing Month has been re­spon­si­ble for in­tro­duc­ing more than 250,000 new an­glers to the sport since its launch in 1992, and is or­gan­ised and led by the An­gling Trades As­so­ci­a­tion with the An­gling Trust, An­gling Cymru, the Canal & River Trust, the Pro­fes­sional An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion and the En­vi­ron­ment Agency as

“The fo­cus of Na­tional Fish­ing Month is on ju­niors and fam­i­lies”

sup­port­ing part­ners.

John El­lis is Na­tional Fish­eries and An­gling Manager for the Canal & Rivers Trust and has been heav­ily in­volved in the for­ward­think­ing ini­ta­tive since it was first launched.

“If you own a fish­ery, run an an­gling club or have a tackle shop then you should be a part of NFM be­cause I’ve seen what a dif­fer­ence schemes like this make – whether 500 or just five peo­ple pick up a rod for the first time,” he told An­gling Times.

“There are so many ex­cit­ing events go­ing on dur­ing the next few months that there’s bound to be at least one that most peo­ple can get to.

“As an­glers we have a duty to try and get more peo­ple into this great sport to se­cure its fu­ture.

Hun­dreds of fully-qual­i­fied an­gling coaches will be giv­ing up their spare time to as­sist new­com­ers to the sport as part of this year’s NFM.

Es­sex-based Nick Watkins has been a full-time an­gling coach for the last seven years and he’s over­see­ing a hand­ful of events in this year’s sched­ule.

“I’m booked up well into next year, which just proves how much demand there is for peo­ple to learn how to start up in this sport or im­prove their skills.

“NFM is such a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case how great an­gling is,” he added.

“If you want to be a part of it or stage an event, all you have to do is have a look at the web­site and get in touch… be­lieve me, it’s as easy as that.

“There’s no bet­ter way of get­ting non-fish­ing fam­ily mem­bers or some of your mates to try fish­ing for the first time.”

Coach Colin Booker in­structs young Poppy Bing­ham.

Coach Mark Brewster and his pupil.

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