THE National Federation of Anglers has teamed-up with building materials giant,
The winning team, in the teams-of-five event, will land a winning prize of £4,000 and the event will kick off this September and you do not have to be an NFA member to enter a team, so it’s likely to appeal greatly to the many smaller clubs out there as well as to match groups and even maybe websites like Total-Fishing.
The Builder Center Team Knockout Event, will be an open entry for teams of five who could end up fishing two qualifying rounds in their local region, before reaching a semi-final in April with six teams of five (30 anglers) battling it out in May in an all-expenses paid two-day Grand Final at the stunning White Acres fishery complex in Cornwall where the winning team will land £4,000, runners-up £2,000 and the third placed team £1,000.
The Team Knockout was first introduced to the match scene in 1981 when teams of 12 competed against each other on a ‘home’ and ‘away’ basis.
Teams were grouped into regions and a draw made – just like the FA Soccer Cup. This time round the teams will be drawn in pairs and then in blocks of three pairs (six teams). The pairs will fish a knockout against each other but they will also be competing in a 30-peg match with the venue chosen by the NFA.
NFA President, Ken Ball, commented: “I am delighted with this five-figure sponsorship which will give the sport a real boost.
Entry to the competition for NFA and
Entry forms can be obtained from Builder Center branches, NFA club secretaries, the NFA at Halliday House, Egginton Junction, Derbyshire DE65 6GU (or the NFA’s new website www.nfadirect.net and from tackle shops from July 28.
At the qualifying rounds, teams will be grouped in geographical locations. The semi final/s will be fished on
NFA competitions executive, Mick Turner, added: “This is a great package spread over nine months and we hope it will appeal to the nation’s match groups at all levels. We have reverted to a WEIGHT competition for this event up to the final, when points will apply, to give the lesser known teams the chance to beat the country’s top match groups.
“We expect a bumper entry for the exciting competition and anglers are advised to send off their application form early to beat the August 23 deadline.”