Mark Downes, England Youth Manager, has arranged the trial dates for the Sensas U16’s and Drennan U21’s hopefuls, looking to get to the World Fishing Games in Portugal on September 16th and 17th September 2006.


Mark said, “both venues are tough. The river Sorraia in Corrouche  (U16’s) and River Raia (Cabecao) are difficult venues and there will have to be a lot of hard work done to retain both gold medals.”


Trials are scheduled for 1st July 2006 (U21’s) and 15th July 2006 (U21’s & U16’s) at Larford Lakes near Worcester.


Mark added “the waggler will play a major role along both venues and it’s these skills that we will be looking for. The youngsters will be expected to cast 30 – 50 yards and feed accurately. It’s a skill many adults find difficult!”


If you require a trial nomination form please contact the NFA on 0115 981 3535 or email Please note that nominations need to be returned to the N.F.A. Headquarters no later than 18th May 2006.


NFA Angling Development Officer Julian Taylor believes the Youth team provides;

“An excellent opportunity for young anglers to showcase their talent and get the recognition they deserve. The trials also show who has the potential to perform at the highest level, whilst experiencing the pressure’s they will face if selected to fish for Team England”.



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