The Angling Trust is delighted to announce that Clark Colman has been appointed the new manager of England Youth Fly Fishing and will take up the role with immediate effect.

Originally from Cumbria but now living in Nottinghamshire, Clark has 25 years of angling experience and is a current member of the Solider Palmers loch style team. Clark is an officer in the Cadet Army Force, a teacher and operates an angling guide service as well as being a regular contributor to Total Fly Fisher magazine.

Clark Colman said; “Having followed the fortunes of the youth team for many years, and marvelled at their abilities, commitment and successes, it’s a real honour and privilege to be taking over as manager.  Phil Longstaff will certainly be a difficult act to follow, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge of what will surely be an immensely-enjoyable learning curve!  Starting to build up a rapport with the team, our new volunteers and regional coaches is one of my biggest initial priorities.  I know I’m going to learn a great deal from everyone involved, and hope that my own experience and dedication will compliment theirs in further enhancing the abilities, successes and enjoyment of Team England Youth’s loch-style squad.”

Ben Thompson, Senior Competitions Manager Angling Trust said; “I’m delighted to have Clark on board. He has experience of working with young people, competitive fly fishing and has the skills we look for in a manager. The competitions team wish him the very best of luck and look forward to working with him. I’m sure he will do a fantastic job of supporting the development of our young fly fishers.”

Scotland will host the 2015 Home International on Lake of Menteith in August and the England squad will be looking to bounce back with a win.