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Trout & Salmon (UK) - - First Cast -

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.

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