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WOULD YOU like your child to be taught how to fish at school? Between October 1 and November 9, the Fishing for Schools charity is inviting applications from schools for courses run in 2019. Fishing for Schools was formed in 2008 by Charles Jardine with the Countryside Alliance Foundation. It runs angling courses for pupils, aged 10-16, who often find academic work particularly difficult, but respond well to alternative learning. The courses lead to qualifications and help pupils re-engage with education, building their confidence and self-esteem. This year, two well-known younger anglers, Marina Gibson and James Stokoe, have become ambassadors for the charity. Marina, the popular Yorkshire-based fishing guide, is also an ambassador for the Atlantic Salmon Trust and a consultant for the London Fly Fair. She has almost 32,000 followers on Instagram. James is a guide on the River Tyne in Northumberland and found fame as the winner of the BBC’S 2015 fishing competition Earth’s Wildest Waters.
Why not speak to your school about the courses? If you’re a teacher, apply at countryside-alliance.org/the-foundation
New Fishing for Schools ambassadors James Stokoe and Marina Gibson are inspiring young rods.
Below: pupils enjoying a Fishing For Schools lesson.