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CARP CHAT
Pewsey Vale children make a splash
at Marlborough with Fishing 4 Schools
Pupils from Pewsey Vale School in
Wiltshire have been learning to fly
fish at Marlborough College’s fantastic angling facilities on the River Kennet this term, thanks to a collaboration between the two schools and the
national Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) project.
Six key stage three pupils – Callum
Dawson, Zak Awoodun, George Prout,
Kahlan and Raye Colgate and Joe
Long – visited the prestigious private
school each Tuesday to take part in
the six-week course, with professional angler and F4S founder, Charles
Jardine, Colin Smith and Sean Dempster from the college and F4S instructors Lee Hooper, Rob Doyle and Julie
Wicks.
The short course taught them
about the anatomy of the fish; they
surveyed the river’s aquatic insect
life, using microscopes to inspect
what they found and learned to tie
flies and cast.
Marlborough College teacher Sean
Dempster had the idea after meeting
Charles Jardine at a country show. He
said: “It can be difficult to gain access
to fly fishing and it can be prohibitively expensive for children to take
part, but it offers some very valuable
skills.
This F4S course is an opportunity
to get children out in the great outdoors and offers a combination of
maths, biology and ecology – all without them knowing they are doing it!”
Pewsey Vale student George Prout
said; “The course was lots of fun. I
caught one trout which was a big
achievement!”
And a spokesman for Pewsey Vale
School added: “Thank you to Marlborough College and Fishing 4 Schools
for the fantastic opportunity our students were able to experience. We
Pupils with (from left) Lee Hooper,
Julie Wicks and Rob Doyle.
F4S instructor Rob Doyle with pupil Kahlan Colgate.
look forward to working with them all
again in the future.”
F4S is a charitable project administered by The Countryside Alliance
Foundation that offers short fishing
courses that fit into the school cur-
riculum offering an alternative way of
learning for children who struggle in a
classroom environment.
For more information, email charlotte-cooper@countrysidealliance.org n
England Ladies win silver
England Ladies secured a silver medal in the women’s ICFA International on home
soil at Wraysbury Lake, Berkshire.
The match, which was the historic first multi-nation female international for carp
fishing, was hotly contested and incredibly close. England took an early lead but
were overtaken by a Welsh team that was absolutely on form.
England scored a win and three section seconds, but it wasn’t enough to secure
the victory. England Ladies have had an unbeaten run over the last two years with
two golds to their name but had to settle for silver on this occasion.
England manager Rob Hughes said: “It was a brilliant and very close competition
with only two points the difference between gold and silver. The England Lionesses
were valiant, but the Welsh Dragons were quite simply too powerful on this occasion. They fished impeccably and deserved the win.”
The ladies’ season is now over other than an exhibition competition later in the
year.
Result: Gold: Wales – 5pts; Silver: England – 7pts; Bronze: Netherlands
– 12 pts n
The England Ladies squad with their silver medals.
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