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Angling Trust
says fond
farewell to
inspired angler
behind Building
Bridges project
Radoslaw Papiewski (left) receiving a leaving gift from colleague Janusz Kansik,
who will replace him as Building Bridges Project Manager
Kent Sport kits out young anglers
for wet weather fishing
Fishing for Schools (F4S) has received a £450 grant from Kent County Council’s
Kent Sport project, to provide tents, coats, brollies and boots for young anglers fishing with the charity. The money comes from Kent Sport partner Sports Directory,
based in Dartford, Kent, which is one of the leading educational suppliers of sports
equipment in the UK.
Graham Russell of Sport Directory visited Marshside Fishery on Friday (22nd
March) to attend a Fishing for Schools session for pupils with special educational
needs from the Orchard School, Canterbury, and present them with the cheque.
He said: “I chose to donate to Fishing for Schools because I was impressed with
the way they are engaging the children with sport. Sports Directory does not sell
fishing equipment, but we were pleased to be able to make sure the children are
warm and dry when they are fishing so they enjoy being involved all the more.”
Fishing for Schools instructor Kevin Durman explained that pupils from Orchard
School take part in fishing on a Friday afternoon as a reward for good behaviour
throughout the week. “They look forward to it all week and are here, rain or shine,
every Friday, that’s why we needed wet weather gear.”
Sophie Ward from Kent Sport added: “I was impressed by the concentration and
effort the children put into their fishing. It really seems to offer them calm mindfulness in a beautiful environment.”
For more information about the Countryside Alliance and TCAF please go to or contact the Countryside Alliance press office on 0207 840 9220,
The Angling Trust is saying farewell
to Radoslaw Papiewski whose vision
to educate migrant anglers on England’s fishing laws led to the creation
of the hugely successful Building
Bridges project.
Rado, as he is affectionately known,
began the project over eight years
ago and since then he and his dedicated team have helped integrate
thousands of Eastern European
anglers into angling clubs, run ‘fishing
schools’ for children, produced multilingual posters and signs, and organised fishing contests bringing
together anglers from different countries and cultures.
Funded by fishing licence income
through the Angling Trust’s partnership with the Environment Agency,
the Building Bridges project has been
instrumental in promoting catch and
release among migrant anglers.
Rado, who is stepping down as the
Building Bridges Project Manager,
said that when he began the project
he had no idea it would make such a
massive difference to migrant
anglers’ attitudes.
“After over eight years, throughout
which my team and I have been dedicated to the progressive development of angling education and integration initiatives, we can clearly see
fantastic benefits all over the country,” said Rado. “There is now much
more awareness throughout migrant
communities of the country’s angling
laws and the conservation-based culture, which has led to fewer problems
arising through ignorance of these
“I am pleased to have had the
opportunity to work for the Angling
Trust with some fantastic people
around me. I am thankful for the constant support of the Environment
Agency, Police, the Canal & River
Trust and many other organisations
and angling clubs who all share my
vision of ‘Fishing Without Borders’,
and I am proud that we managed to
encourage many anglers from differ-


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