“Roads the block” – Sanders

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THE es­sen­tial fac­tor of an ac­cess road be­hind every peg is the big­gest block to host­ing a World Champs in Eng­land, reck­ons Steve Sanders.

“As far as I can see, there is no vi­able venue that could host one of the ma­jor FIPS cham­pi­onships, by which I mean the World Na­tions se­nior or ju­nior float events, the Eu­ro­peans and the World Clubs.

“I’m not fa­mil­iar with the Feeder Champs cri­te­ria, so I can’t com­ment on that. But for us, ba­si­cally you need a broadly straight venue which com­plies with reg­u­la­tion depths and widths, which can ac­com­mo­date up­wards of 200 an­glers with an ac­cess road and park­ing di­rectly be­hind.

“For of­fi­cial prac­tice week there needs to be a six-peg box per team, with a min­i­mum of 10 m be­tween each box. There could be up to 40 teams, most years it’s more than 30. The same stretch must then be pegged to host five sec­tions for the two-day match.

“Where could we hold it?” con­tin­ued Steve. “The Nene’s North Bank? The Ouse at Lit­tle­port and Ten Mile? Both have roads be­hind but they are pub­lic high­ways, and it’s highly 2019 South Africa; 2020 Ukraine; 2021 Italy, USA or Rus­sia. un­likely that the au­thor­i­ties would con­sider clos­ing them to traf­fic for a sin­gle day, let alone more than a week.

“I al­ways felt that the

Huntspill would be a good venue, but it lacks an ac­cess track be­hind. Dif­fer­ent farm­ers own dif­fer­ent parts of the land, and the cost of cre­at­ing a track, even if they all agreed, would be im­pos­si­ble.

“Suf­fi­cient ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion for teams within rea­son­able trav­el­ling dis­tance of any venue is an­other con­sid­er­a­tion. I don’t think any of the ar­eas men­tioned has that.

“Even host­ing the Dis­abled, Vet­eran and Mas­ters events would be dif­fi­cult. The Ladies World Champs prob­a­bly of­fers our best hope for the mid-term fu­ture,” he con­cluded.

Steve Sanders

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