Following the postponement and cancellation of angling’s national championships in 2020, the Angling Trust are delighted to announce a new event in the shape of the Youth Champions Challenge in association with Tackle Guru.
The event will offer an opportunity for the section and overall winners of the 2020 Youth National to fish a final with Tackle Guru generously donating a first prize of £2,500.
Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook said:
“The Covid pandemic has created challenges and interruptions across all sports and whilst angling was the first sport to return to competition in England we were not immune. With many 2020 national championships cancelled or delayed it was critical to ensure that we could offer those impacted young anglers a significant competition to reward their success in the delayed 2020 Youth National.
“I am delighted to have support of Tackle Guru who have a long standing association with the Angling Trust in supporting competitive opportunities for young anglers. My thanks go to the team at Hayfield Lake for accommodating both the Youth Champions Challenge and the Get Fishing ‘have a go’ drop-in sessions which will both be running on Little Adams lake.”
Noelie Goforth, from Maver Dynamite Hayfield Lakes, added:
“We are honoured to work alongside the Angling Trust. We share the same passion not only to promote angling but to get more families and children involved in the sport that we all love. We strongly believe by working together we will reach our goal and are delighted to be hosting this event.”
Adam Rooney, Guru Brand Manager, said:
“After what has been a tough 18 months for match fishing and big events, when we heard that the 2020 Junior National winners didn’t have the usual opportunity to compete due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were keen to step in and provide some support for an event for the young anglers. We also appreciate what the Angling Trust has done for our sport and trade over the pandemic period, and wanted to show our support to our country’s governing body for angling.
“We’re putting-up a generous prize fund of £2,500 for the winner of the Tackle Guru Youth Champions Challenge! Our media team will be there to cover the final on our popular social media channels on the day so come and support the anglers and say hello.”
The Youth Champions Challenge will take place on 24th July 2021.
Jamie Cook added: “Working with our partners at Matchroom Multisport and Sky we continue to put on the biggest events in coarse competition angling. We are delighted to be welcoming spectators back to Hayfield Lakes for Fishomania and NXTGEN – I want to wish all of the finalists the very best of luck and thank our partners for their ongoing commitment to promoting angling to new and diverse audiences.”