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Apply for a free Fishing for Schools course
Schools across England and Wales
need to mark the 1st October in their
diaries, as that’s the day they can
start to apply for free Fishing for
Schools courses in 2019.
Fishing for Schools is an initiative
run by The Countryside Alliance
Foundation (TCAF), the charitable
arm of the Countryside Alliance. It
provides free, short angling courses at
schools across the country, to aid the
education of 12 to 16-year-olds who
may not respond to traditional classroom-based learning but flourish
when you get them outside onto the
water. It celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2017.
Due to phenomenal interest in our
courses, Fishing for Schools (F4S) is
now operating an application process
where schools use an online form to
apply for our free sessions annually.
Who can apply?
Applications are invited from educational providers in the following geographical areas: Avon, Bath and North
East Somerset, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire,
Hampshire, Kent, Norfolk, Somerset,
Wales, Wiltshire and Yorkshire.
Pupils from Raynham Primary School in Enfield and F4S instructors at
Walthamstow Wetlands in June this year
We welcome applications both
from new schools and those that have
previously participated in F4S.
All schools and educational establishments are welcome to apply. Our
courses are suitable for children aged
10-16 years of all educational abilities.
Anglers urged to take care when
fishing in hot conditions
With the hot weather set to continue for the next few weeks, the Environment
Agency and the Pike Anglers Club (PAC) are asking people to take extra care while
fishing to help protect vulnerable fish stocks. Prolonged hot weather can cause
problems in rivers, lakes and drains such as low oxygen levels, low river flows, elevated water temperatures and algal blooms, which in turn can lead to increased
levels of stress on fish populations and even fish deaths in extreme conditions.
Steve Lane, Fisheries Technical Specialist at the Environment Agency said: “The
hot weather and high water temperatures can make life difficult for fish. We’re asking anglers to take particular care while fishing, as the dry weather continues to
help us protect fish stocks. Please return fish to the water as quickly as possible
and avoid using keepnets if practical to do so, particularly on lakes, the Broads and
rivers with low flows.”
Some species such as pike and barbel can be particularly vulnerable in hot conditions.
John Currie, general secretary of the Pike Anglers Club and Chairman of the
Broads Angling Services Group’s (BASG) Pike Strategy Group and Environment
Sub Group, said:
“PAC would ask anglers to consider the conditions caused by the very hot
weather before deciding to fish. The shallow waters of the Norfolk and Suffolk
Broads, the Fens and the Somerset Levels are of particular concern, though we are
also aware of problems further north. It’s not just oxygen levels that can cause fish
problems in warm conditions, so we urge anglers to think carefully before fishing.”
Steve added: “As ever, anglers can help us protect fish by reporting signs of dead
or distressed fish, pollution or illegal fishing to the 24-hour Environment Agency
Incident Hotline number 0800 80 70 60.”
Anglers can find further advice and guidance from the Pike Anglers Club
http://www.pacgb.co.uk n
If schools are interested in F4S but
are not located in our current areas of
focus, they can register by emailing
F4S director and founder Charles
Jardine said: “There has been a huge
growth in demand for our free Fishing
for Schools courses, which is brilliant.
We believe the new application
process is a fair and consistent way of
deciding how our resources are
Schools can still benefit from Fishing for Schools if their application is
unsuccessful. F4S can provide paidfor courses where a school would be
charged for sessions. This also applies
to schools that were successful and
want to continue their provision
beyond the free sessions granted. For
further details please contact fishing@ca-foundation.org.
How to apply
Schools should apply using our online
form, which will be available on our
website from 1st October 2018 until
9th November 2018. Successful
applicants will be notified in early
December 2018.
For further details on applying or to
find out more about paid-for sessions,
please visit our website: www.countryside-alliance.org/fishing-forschools-apply-for-a-place-in-2019/
For more information about the
Countryside Alliance and TCAF
please contact the Countryside
Alliance press office on 0207 840 9220
or press-office@countrysidealliance.org n


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