2009 Young peoples projects maps

As part of year one we developed a typology of approaches to broadly categorise how different angling projects and organisations use angling to engage young people. The following maps were produced for the Young People and Angling Interim Report 2009 to show the spread of delivery styles across England and Scotland. Although by no means comprehensive, they are indicative of the types of projects we encountered in year one.


Education ApproachThe Educational Approach describes the use of angling for educational purposes such as curriculum engagement, learning outside of the classroom, and the delivery of angling related qualifications such as BTEC's.  It also represents where angling may be used to re-engage young people with learning, improve truancy, or deliver alternative education. Used in this way, angling can be a gateway to further learning or employment. It is an approach most commonly found in schools, colleges and angling projects.

Social Inclusion Projects

Personal and Social Development Approach

The Personal and Social Development Approach is characterised by long term engagement that seeks to build young people's social and emotional skills, develop resilience, and transform behaviour. It is exemplified by schemes that use peer mentoring as a way to build young people's confidence and teach social responsibility. The emphasis of this approach is on the development of competent young people rather than competent anglers. It is associated with angling projects such as GHOF. Yellow indicates the GHOF projects delivering in 2009, while green represents other angling intervention projects delivering this approach.

Sport Development

Sport Development Approach

The Sport Development Approach is characterised by progression and development of angling abilities through clubs, competitions and coaching. The emphasis is on building angling skills which in turn can lead to positive benefits such as increased confidence and self esteem. Delivery can include pathways to elite level angling or less formal, 'just for fun' angling club competitions. It is an approach most commonly found in Angling Clubs and the Angling Development Board.

Diversionary Approach

The Diversionary Approach describes short term provision, often directed at crime hotspots and delivered during the school holidays to keep young people engaged and out of trouble. It is an approach common to police, fire service and local councils. However while many projects are often commissioned to deliver these activities, we found very few projects are actually shaped by this approach. Instead the diversionary approach tends to be led by commissioners or by projects attempting to justify their activities in order to access funds. This approach represents the very minimum of what can be achieved through angling engagement work. There is therefore a pressing need to communicate angling's wider benefits in order to move beyond the narrow short term benefits of diversionary commissioning. We did not created a map for this approach.