young people

Robbie, level 2 coach, on his involvement in the restoration of Charlton’s Pond

We used to come over here as kids and fish the pond but it was starting to get run down. Teenagers were coming over here drinking and drug abuse and it was a place not to go. When we were coming over here as kids there were families coming over and picnics. But it had got to the stage where no one was coming over here. So with that in mind we wanted to try to get it back to how it was. That was the aim really, to get the kids back involved, to enjoy fishing the pond like when we were kids. And obviously through the volunteers and grant money we’ve managed to pull it all together.

Sarah, who has a son with cerebral palsy, talks about fishing at Albrighton Moat & Gardens

It's not far from where we live and a nice day out for Dylan - because, obviously, he can't do a lot. It's nice and quiet here and especially like this on a day when the weather's nice, it's very relaxing. He gets to look at the fish, feel the fish, and interact with the other children.

Sergeant Smith (Shropshire), on building relationships with young people

What angling does is give you time to sit there and chat to young people. We do football sessions, but the difference with football is that you are there with them for an hour, you’re running around, it’s a good laugh and they enjoy themselves but there’s little engagement. Whereas if you’re sat 5 or 6 hours next to some lad, trying to teach them how to fish, you start talking about all sorts of things and they start to see this man I used to see walking round in that police jacket, actually he is human. We have seen huge reductions in anti-social behaviour in Meole Brace year on year.

Tony, Vocational Tutor (Northumberland), on the calming nature of angling

Some of the kids we take angling are big trouble in class but are pussycats when we take them out. They don’t cause us any trouble. How can it be that these kids are on medication because they can’t sit still and we take them fishing and they can sit still? You tell me. Is it the relaxing water? Or the environment? Just being outside of the hustle and bustle and the demands of the classroom and the peer pressure. You’ve got to be tough if you’re in school haven’t you. And when you’re out fishing you don’t really need to be.

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Tony, Vocational Tutor (Northumberland), on why angling appeals more than football

Not everyone likes football. Fishing's relaxing and it’s uncompetitive. A lot of kids don’t like the idea of playing football, because they’re little and they get kicked off by the big ones. They’re not aggressive, so why on earth do they want to go and play rugby? With fishing it’s just nice, there’s no stress. You can go fishing by yourself or you can go fishing with all your mates, it is a social sport.

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