Going into its third year, the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust are delighted to announce they are organising the Junior Canal Championship for 2016.

This vibrant and fun Championship will be held on Saturday 29th October on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, from Penkridge to Acton Trussell hosted by Wolverhampton Angling Association.

Entry forms are available from the Angling Trust competitions department by contacting 0115 9061 301/323 or email sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net or corina.smith@anglingtrust.net .  This Championship is for anyone aged from 10 to 16 years and is FREE to enter. Pegs are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Entry forms have automatically been sent to anyone who supported the event last year.

Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, said: “The Angling Trust is happy to be working alongside the Canal & River Trust to run the Junior Canal Championship again which has proved to be a really enjoyable event for all the youngsters taking part each year. This year, the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal is a fantastic venue to get more on the bank fishing and getting involved.”

John Ellis, National Fisheries & Angling Manager for the Canal & River Trust said: “We’re really looking forward to the Junior Championship, it’s been a great success in previous years and 2016 should be no exception. It’s a brilliant way of getting young people to experience the buzz of a match and discovering the great fishing that can be found on the nation’s canals.”

In conjunction with this Championship is the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust Pairs Championship which has expanded this year with more regional qualifying heats in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as 12 heats across England. Entry fee is £40 per pair per qualifier, and applications are available from the Angling Trust on 0115 9061 301/323. There are places available to book on to the qualifiers. The inaugural 2015 Championship proved a great success with over 300 pairs from London to Lancashire taking part.