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Swanley pupils achieve AIM
award with Fishing 4 Schools
Three pupils from Broomhill Bank
North School, in Swanley, Kent are the
first in the country to work with the
Fishing for Schools (F4S) programme
to gain the Ofqual regulated level one
Aim Award in angling skills.
The youngsters – Neo Goncalves
Whiffen, 15, and thirteen-year-olds
Harrison Mulholland and Jon Jon
Perry – are autistic, which made this
course challenging. Neo received his
award on 26 January from F4S
instructor Warren White, who worked
with the boys on the 10-week course.
Unfortunately JJ and Harrison were
unable to attend.
Subjects covered in the weekly sessions in the classroom and at Hadlow
C o l l e g e ’s G r o v e Fa r m F i s h e r y,
included the branches of angling and
equipment to fishing permits and rod
National honour for
former world sea
angling champion
Congratulations to Angling Trust
ambassador Chris Clark, who has
received the British Citizen Award for
inspiring hundreds of young anglers to
become England stars. Chris, a former
world sea angling champion, had to
overcome his own personal adversities
after a farm accident left him with
reduced mobility in his right arm and
But he refused to let it get him down
and says it inspired him to give something back to the sport he loves. n
licences, as well as practical skills,
with instructors Warren, David Evans,
Charlie Rayner and Rob Goble.
Warren said: “The dedication and
hard work shown by the three students who achieved the Award was
exceptional. Although these boys had
never fished before they were keen
and willing to learn, which more than
made up for their inexperience.
“Learning to fish has also helped
the youngsters’ emotional wellbeing.
A teacher gave me some positive
feedback about one of the students,
who had told him that a session of
learning knots and making rigs in a
calm environment had helped him to
relax for the afternoon at school. In
his own words he called it ‘anti-trigger therapy’, which was lovely to
Deputy head-teacher Jody Specht
said: “The AIM course has been fantastic for the students. Firstly their
energy and enjoyment of the activity
has been enormous but also to be
recognised for something a bit out of
the ordinary is excellent for them.
“The pupils have a variety of interests and obsessions but fishing as an
activity seems to work for these students as it is calming and also a
development activity.”
The three students now move onto
the Angling Trust’s Cast Awards.
Sixty-one students achieved Cast
Awards with the F4S Kent team in
Cast Awards are short, structured
courses that encourage students to
progress from starter level to level 6,
learning new skills along the way.
Both the Cast and Aim Awards can
be a stepping stone towards other
qualifications, like the BTEC in Fisheries Management at Hadlow College, Kent.
F4S starts a new Aim Award course
on February 2nd with pupils from
Thamesview School, Gravesend.
Fishing for Schools is an initiative
run by The Countryside Alliance
Foundation (TCAF), the charitable
arm of the Countryside Alliance. It
provides short angling courses at
schools across the country, to aid the
education of 12 to 18-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.
Many of the youngsters who fish
through Fishing for Schools have
physical, learning or behavioural difficulties.
For more information about the
Countryside Alliance and TCAF
please contact the Countryside
Alliance press office on 0207 840 9220
or n


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