“Roads the block” – Sanders
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.