ECL Angling Club have become the first angling club in Northamptonshire and only the fifth in the East Midlands to receive the prestigious Clubmark for Angling award this month.
Clubmark is a nationally recognised indicator of quality assurance. The Sport England initiative enables Parents and Carers to identify those clubs who are committed to providing a safe, effective, child friendly environment where sport, in this case angling can take place. Since the club was set up the club have looked to introduce more young people to angling in Northampton by offering the perfect introduction to the sport. The club have a number of fully qualified, insured and experienced coaches who have been delivering high quality coaching sessions at fisheries both inside and outside Northampton. The club have been successful in applying for a number of grants from both the Environment Agency and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, the most recent of which will see the club delivering a programme of sessions to young people with disabilities.
Achievement of clubmark has been the result of the clubs desire to ensure that every young person is given the best possible start into fishing, ensuring that the appropriate child protection policies, equity policies and initiatives are in place to provide the best environment possible to take part in angling.James Roche, Angling Development Board, Regional Development Officer commented: “This is a great achievement by ECL Angling Club. The club have launched a number of really successful initiatives to get more young people from Northampton into angling and this award is greatly deserved”.
For more information on the Clubmark award in the East Midlands please contact Regional Development Officer James Roche (James.Roche@anglingdevelopment board.org.uk or 07791786251).