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Fish­ing4S­chools, fly fairs and the sad loss of Tony Ford­ham

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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 fish­ing@ca-foun­da­tion.org 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.

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