Angling helps with behaviour, it certainly reaches students who may be misfits, loners, who don't have lots of friends, and are quiet. Angling gives them somewhere they can achieve, it helps them to fit in but it’s not only for them, it’s also for your well adapted student. It’s such a subtle thing, it’s something you can’t measure, but angling certainly has an impact. Teachers will say that a child will behaved better because he knows he’s going fishing tomorrow, or he comes in talking about his fishing and then he gets on with his work.
Angling works because at the end of the day education is about building positive relationships. Mainstream sport does engage a lot of disaffected kids but it’s not necessarily the be all and end of it. They’ll play football, they’ll play basketball, and they’ll play rounders and all this sort of thing and they’ll represent the school, but that’s part of a team ethic. Angling offers a little bit more than that because to an extent you are mixing with lots and lots of different adults in lots of different ways.
We've found angling courses have improved student behaviour in school because they feel they have something to works towards. These students are not always successful in school, because education doesn’t necessarily provide for them and that’s why we’re always looking for different ways to engage them and say look there is a future out there for you. Angling intervention courses impact on school lessons because the more switched on the students are the more they are likely to learn.
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.