Following the recent success of Team England Angling’s under 18s and under 23s teams in France, England are now undisputed World Match fishing champions.
FIPSed, the world governing body for angling, last week issued new world rankings, based on competition results from the past 5 years, and England is number 1 in six of the ten categories and in the top three in three others.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “This fantastic achievement by the teams is a credit to all the Team England anglers and to the many volunteers who support and manage them. We are immensely grateful to all the sponsors who support individual teams and we hope that this runaway success will attract additional financial support from companies who want to be associated with a winning team. The Angling Trust has a new Talent Pathway programme to develop talented anglers which is already generating new Team England squad members whose job it will be to try and maintain this standard in the future.”
Dick Clegg OBE, International Events Manager said: “to achieve this standard across the board at an international level is proof that our team management systems are the best in the world and I congratulate every angler who has contributed to this success.
We are now seeded number one in six of the ten FIPSed coarse fishing disciplines that we compete in, and it’s time that we receive some government funding. I can’t think of any other sport that is as successful as we are and yet we don’t get the recognition that our achievements deserve.”
It should be noted that a number of the teams have attained this unprecedented achievement without any form of sponsorship support whatsoever.
The success has been achieved by the teams own commitment in supporting each other through fundraising activities as well as their own significant contributions out of their own pockets.
If you are interested in becoming one of our invaluable team sponsors please get in touch with the Angling Trust via their website at www.anglingtrust.net .
The new FIPSed Rankings:
• Nations – No.1 (sponsored by Drennan)
• Under 23 – No.1 (sponsored by Drennan)
• Under 18 – No.1 (sponsored by Sensas)
• Euros – No.1 (sponsored by Drennan)
• Clubs – No.1
• Veterans – No.1
• Ladies – No.2
• Carp – No.3 (sponsored by Korda)
• Feeder – No.3 (After 2 years competing in this competition, sponsored by Preston Innovations)
• Disabled – no ranking (unable to fish every year due to lack of funding.)