The Angling Trust has launched the 2016/17 coarse angling England Talent Pathway. The Sport England backed programme is designed for young match anglers aged 12-17 who aspire to become better anglers, learn about international style fishing and potentially progress to represent England in World Championships.

The 2016/17 coaching programme will be led by some of the best anglers in the country, Team England’s Des Shipp, Matt Godfrey, Lee Kerry, Joe Roberts and Frankie Gianoncelli will give the anglers an invaluable insight into the tactics and techniques required to compete at international level.

There are three programmes throughout the country in the North, Midlands and South, each programme will contain four coaching sessions throughout the winter and the programme begins on Saturday 26th November 2016 and will conclude with a fifth and final Inter-Regional event on the 18th March.

Team England’s Lee Kerry said “The Talent Pathway programme is a fantastic opportunity for young match anglers in this country to work alongside and learn from experienced international anglers. I would advise any youngster who wants to become a better angler and to understand what it takes to become a top match angler to get involved. There have been a number of anglers who have progressed from the Talent Pathway to the Sensas England U18 squad and gone on to win medals in the World Championships but our aim is to help every angler become a better angler than when they entered the programme regardless of whether they progress to international level. ”

The programme is only £5 to enter, coaching is free of charge and anglers are only required to pay for their peg fees and provide bait for each coaching sessions. Further information and entry forms can be found at .

Anglers can also request an entry form by contacting Corina Smith at or calling 0115 822 4532.