Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS -

WHAT a great re­sult for Eng­land’s young an­glers at the World Cham­pi­onships! There is lit­tle doubt that as a na­tion we sit right at the top of the coarse fish­ing league ta­ble.

I read com­ments about ‘and all with­out Sport Eng­land fund­ing’ from peo­ple who should know much bet­ter. They are ill-in­formed and plain wrong.

Sport Eng­land isn’t about fund­ing elite ath­letes and teams – it is all about in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion, from grass roots right through. In­deed, it is Sport Eng­land that funds the enor­mously suc­cess­ful An­gling Trust Tal­ent Path­way that has al­ready pro­vided mem­bers for the teams of young an­glers that are do­ing so well un­der the cross of St Ge­orge and the An­gling Trust.

And that is just part of the money that the An­gling Trust is able to ac­cess through Sport Eng­land’s di­rect fund­ing. The cur­rent ‘Get into Fish­ing’ scheme is an­other ben­e­fi­ciary, where the salaries of the per­son­nel op­er­at­ing the cam­paign are cov­ered.

There are no teams and there­fore no medals with­out par­tic­i­pants, and I hope that is now recog­nised by those within an­gling who de­cry Sport Eng­land!

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