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Angling is one of the most popular sports in England. The varying forms of angling provide a choice of entry into the sport and people of all ages and abilities, men and women can enjoy the sport together in rural, urban or marine environments. The sport of angling brings social and economic benefits to the country and opportunities for healthy activity for individuals whatever their personal abilities. It appeals to young people but participation can continue throughout peoples’ lives.
The Angling Trust supported by funding from the EA will work with Clubs, Fisheries, qualified and AT licenced coaches, angling organisations, education and health providers, Local Authorities and Charities to support events/programmes that increase participation in freshwater angling and increase sales in rod licences, from all demographics. They also work to secure additional funding to increase participation in freshwater angling.
Partnership Development Manager
Angling Development Officer
To learn more about the two key participation programs, click on the links below.
Angling is unique as a sport in its ability to reach such a diverse range of people. Older people, those with disabilities, and young people with learning difficulties are able to engage with angling and gain a positive experience that they may not be able to achieve in other sports. Youngsters disillusioned with modern life have been helped via angling to re-engage with society, and in many cases this has led to behavioural improvements in their local school and better life chances for them in the future.
Where angling is prevalent along canals and other waterways the instances of crime and anti-social behaviour have been reduced. Angling has also been used directly to aid in the rehabilitation and recovery of patients suffering from the effects of strokes, heart attacks and breast cancer. By introducing people to the outdoor environment angling has often provided them with a new and enriching experience which has increased their understanding and appreciation of the natural world.