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Local Mum, on the benefits of fishing spaces like Charlton’s Pond, Billingham.

Fishing spaces like Charlton’s Pond are absolutely brilliant. It's even good for the parents to have a spare half hour to chill out. Every time there’s a junior match on we come down. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to stay the full time, but we try and stay as much as we can. But I think most of the time the kids like to see you there. I’ve never fancied angling myself, but it’s nice sometimes just to sit and watch them fish, it's relaxing. The only problem here is for the girls, there’s nowhere to go to the loo.

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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.

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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