Thames21 re-names angling development programme, ‘Catch21’

Thames21 – London’s leading waterways charity – re-launches its ‘Catch21’ angling development programme to coincide with National Fishing Week.

This socially inclusive and environmentally aware programme is unique to London. Open to all and with a focus on deprived inner London areas, Catch21 has six key objectives:

-- lead the development and take-up of angling for all on waterways in London

-- protect the environment and promote responsible fishing

-- establish multi-agency partnerships to develop angling in London

-- create affordable community angling clubs in every London borough

-- work with young people identified as previous offenders or at risk of offending

-- mentor young people to become angling coaches and help deliver angling events


Protecting the aquatic environment and promoting responsible fishing has always been at the heart of Thames21’s angling work since the angling pilot was launched in 2005. As an expert in its field, Thames21 engages anglers with key environmental issues such as pollution, the welfare of wildlife and the importance of the water cycle. Catch21 will focus on providing opportunities for young people and families to find places to fish and engage with their local waterways in inner city areas of London.

With over 360 people taking advantage of the 23 free angling events offered in 2007, many more events will be offered to young people and families in the future.

Grant Fear, Catch21 Co-ordinator says:

“Encouraging young people to get involved in waterways through angling is at the heart of what Catch21 is about. There are a lot of young people living in built up urban areas interested in learning to fish but they don't know where to start. The sessions we run are free to take part in and all the necessary equipment is provided for those taking part. Many young people are bored and frustrated, and angling helps to prevent anti-social behaviour around the waterways because we capture their interest in this environment and turn it into something much more positive."


Wednesday 23 July

All Party Parliamentary Group versus Metropolitan Police charity fishing match

A 5-a-side match will take place in aid of Catch21’s work. Young people who have been involved in Catch21’s will also be taking part in the match. This event is sponsored by Thames Water.

Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm (with weigh-in and award presentation at 3.30pm)

Venue: Lake John at Waltham Cross, 2 the Nightingales, Aimes Green, Galley Hill, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2BJ. 



Thursday 24 July

Hampstead Heath Angling Society launch

A free public event, with angling coaches from Thames21 to mark the opening of the Hampstead Heath Angling Society.

Time: 10am – 3pm

Venue: Hampstead Heath Boating Pond, accessed via Millfield Lane, Highgate West Hill.