A new national project to bring 50,000 young people into angling over the next 10 years will be launched on Friday April 13 at the Kingennie Fishery, near Broughty Ferry in Angus.
The Scottish National Angling Programme (SNAP) will be launched by Paul Young, one of Scotland’s favourite actors and the presenter of some the UK’s most popular angling television shows.
SNAP has been initiated by the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust and is supported by all of the leading angling organisations in Scotland.
Tony Andrews, founder of SNAP and Chairman of SCAET, said: “Paul Young is one of the great ambassadors for angling in Scotland and we are delighted that he will help us launch this project. SNAP will bring young people into angling, give them a hobby which will enrich their lives and help us secure the future of this most wonderful of pastimes.”
SNAP manager Ian Robertson added: “Everyone is concerned about anti-social behaviour and children with nothing to do. Angling offers young people a superb hobby with the chance to learn new skills and to spend time in the countryside. SNAP will not only rejuvenate Scottish angling but will help to improve our communities.”
The event will also see the launch of Castaways, the new online angling club run for and by young anglers.
The SNAP launch, kindly sponsored by Savills, will begin at 10.30am with presentations from Ian Robertson, Tony Andrews, Mike Forbes of Kingennie Fishery and Hughie Campbell Adamson of the Esk District Fisheries Board. Paul Young will launch SNAP at 12.10pm. There will also be angling demonstrations and training sessions with local youngsters.
SNAP’s four key projects:
Induction of a new generation of anglers through development of sustainable provision of coaches training to enable people to learn angling skills in all forms of the sport. This will then lead to induction centres throughout Scotland where qualified instructors can introduce 50,000 newcomers to the sport over the next decade.
Castaways – The website for Scottish Youth Angling Association, run by young people for young people, giving them access to cheap fishing, tackle and clothing and providing a club for young people coming into the sport.
Access to certificated courses in angling and related subjects to broaden horizons and provide career opportunities which will lead to Scottish Vocational Qualifications, Institute of Fishery Management and other recognised levels of achievement.
Social inclusion projects, working with social services, police and youth centres (e.g. Arbroath’s CAFÉ Project), focussing on reaching disadvantaged people who can benefit from the improved self-confidence and quality of life angling can bring.
SNAP is initiated by the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust and has the support of all Scotland’s angling governing bodies, including: the Angling Tourism Development Group, the Salmon Fishery Boards, IFM (Scotland), the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts Scotland, the Scottish Anglers National Association, the Scottish Stillwater Fisheries, the Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling, the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers and the Board of the Salmon and Trout Association.