Kent Sport kits out young anglers for wet weather fishing

Fishing for Schools is an initiative run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation (TCAF), the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It provides free, short angling courses for schools across the country, to aid the education of 10 to 16-year-olds who may not respond to traditional classroom-based learning, but, flourish when you get them outside onto the water. It celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017.

Fishing for Schools (F4S) has received a £450 grant from Kent County Council’s Kent Sport project, to provide tents, coats, brollies and boots for young anglers fishing with the charity.

The money comes from Kent Sport partner Sports Directory, based in Dartford, Kent - which is one of the leading educational suppliers of sports equipment in the UK.

Graham Russell of Sport Directory visited Marshside Fishery on Friday 22nd March to attend a ‘Fishing for Schools’ session for pupils with special educational needs from the Orchard School, Canterbury, and present them with the cheque.

He said: “I chose to donate to Fishing for Schools because I was impressed with the way they are engaging the children with sport. Sports Directory does not sell fishing equipment, but, we were pleased to be able to make sure the children are warm and dry when they are fishing, so they enjoy being involved all the more”.

Fishing for Schools instructor, Kevin Durman, explained that pupils from Orchard School take part in fishing on a Friday afternoon as a reward for good behaviour throughout the week. “They look forward to it all week and are here, come rain or shine, every Friday, that’s why we needed wet weather gear”.

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Mick Clifford