Fishing4Schools, fly fairs and the sad loss of Tony Fordham
FISHING’S big push for a place on the school curriculum begins on October 1. That’s the date when schools across England and Wales can start applying for free Fishing for Schools courses in 2019. The free, short coarse and fly-fishing courses are designed to help educate 10- to 16-yearolds who may not respond to traditional classroom-based learning yet become fully engaged when out on the water. Fishing for Schools is an initiative run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation, the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. The popularity of the courses has meant that Fishing for Schools now operates an annual online application process. Applications are invited from educational providers in the following geographical areas: Avon, Bath and North-East Somerset, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Norfolk, Somerset, Wales, Wiltshire and Yorkshire. Applications both from newcomer schools and those that have previously participated are welcomed. All schools and other educational establishments may apply and the courses are suitable for children of all educational abilities. Further details are at www. countryside-alliance.org/fishing-for-schoolsapply-for-a-place-in-2019/ and the online application form will be available on the website from October 1 until November 9. Successful applicants will be notified in early December. Schools outside the initiative’s current target areas can register their interest by emailing email@example.com Schools can still benefit from Fishing for Schools if their application is unsuccessful, through paid-for courses where a school would be charged for sessions. This also applies to schools that were successful and want to continue their provision beyond the free sessions granted. “There has been a huge growth in demand for our free… courses, which is brilliant,” said Fishing for Schools’ director and founder – angling celebrity Charles Jardine. “We believe the new application process is a fair and consistent way of deciding how our resources are used.”
Pupils from Raynham Primary School in Enfield and F4S instructors at Walthamstow Wetlands in June this year.