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Yorkshire students get hooked on angling
with two-day Fishing 4 Schools course
Pupils from Dearne Advanced Learni n g C e n t r e, a t G o l d t h o r p e n e a r
Rotherham, enjoyed two days of fishing-themed fun, thanks to the
national Fishing 4 Schools scheme.
The Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) Derbyshire and Yorkshire team and local
chef Ben Atkinson challenged the
pupils to a MasterChef style cook off
on the first day (6 July) with Year
Seven pupils creating dishes including mackerel burgers, a whole baked
fish and Thai fish broth.
Chef Ben, who until recently
worked at the Spencer Arms in
Cawthorne, Barnsley, said: “I started
my career in Cornwall, so I have a lot
of experience cooking fish. I brought
in lots of different types of fish to
teach them how to make things that
were out of the ordinary but that they
could recreate at home. It was brilliant how they got stuck in and really
enjoyed it – working with fish and
vegetables some of them had not
even seen before.”
Then it was off to Press Manor
Fishery near Matlock, Derbyshire on
the Friday for the youngsters to try
their hands at fly tying, knots and
casting and then angling.
F4S instructor Ben Fox of Huddersfield, who is a member of the Team
England Youth Fly Fishing team, said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed taking them
fishing. At 17 I am not that much older
than them, and I think they saw my
England shirt and were encouraged
to ask me questions about how you
get into fishing and get good enough
to fish for your country.”
Fishing 4 Schools founder and
director Charles Jardine said: “This is
one of the first events held by the new
Yorkshire and Derbyshire F4S group
and we are delighted it was at Dearne
ALC. I was so impressed by the bright
energetic attitudes of the students
and the incredible quality of the work
produced – it was one of the most
enjoyable courses I have been part of
in the ten years of Fishing 4 Schools.”
Fishing 4 Schools is a charitable
project administered by the Countryside Alliance Foundation. It offers
short fishing courses that fit into the
school curriculum offering an alternative way of learning that fires children’s imaginations.
For more information, email n
Holidays are here
– find an angling event close to you
This summer
why not enjoy
time off by the
waterside and go
fishing? A few
hours fishing will
help you reconnect with nature
– it’s a great reason to be outside,
seeing things
that usually pass
you by. Plus the
excitement of
catching a fish
will keep you, friends and family occupied and remind everyone how easy it is to
go fishing. The holidays are here – now’s the perfect time to go fishing.
Fishing sessions for beginners
Fishing for all ages and abilities. Everything you need to catch a fish is provided
including a free rod licence. Get a date in the diary...
Family Fishing at BBC Countryfile Live
Packed with wholesome countryside fun, have a go at fishing and paddling and
meet the presenters with Get Hooked on Fishing at Countryfile Live, Blenheim
Palace.National Fishing Month 2017.
During this national celebration of angling, qualified licensed angling coaches
give their time to welcome newcomers at events around the UK. n


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