The NFA’s ‘Introduction to Angling and the Environment’ continued to grab the headlines as River Leen School in Nottingham carried out their practical side of the course last week.

The school in Nottingham took 10 pupils aged from 9 to 15 years of age who have been undertaking the course since September onto Awsworth Canal to put what they have been learning in the classroom into practice on the canal side. Once again the regional press attended the day as did the BBC television cameras.

Tom Goldspink, the NFA’s Communications Officer, stated “It was great to have the television cameras attend the day as it shows the appeal that fishing has in the mainstream media. It also illustrates how angling as a sport is slowly getting more mainstream attention and this can only be good news when it comes to generating new participants in the sport”.

The attendees on the day put into practice elements of the course such as mixing of ground bait, how to adjust their bait for the type of water they are fishing as well setting up their own tackle and actively fishing on the bank. One participant stated, “It’s great fun and I like being able to catch the fish. Since I have started this course at school my dad has started fishing again and now we go fishing together.”

The NFA level two coach Ian Coates, who has been leading the course in the school stated, “The NFA’s ‘Introduction to Angling and the Environment’ has gone down brilliantly and everyone who is on the course is getting a lot out of it. It’s a great way to teach these young people about the environment and make them aware of their surroundings. They have all been working hard in the classroom and now they have an opportunity to put it all into practice.”

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