Your angling club can help save Team England match fishing squad

Club match anglers are to come to the rescue of the England international match fishing teams currently caught up in a funding crisis.

Angling Times recently reported how the ladies, veterans and disabled teams may not be able to compete in the 2010 World Championships – or the senior men’s side in the 2011 World Games – because of a lack of money. Now all clubs registered with Angling Times’ Clubman scheme are being urged to designate one of the matches in their calendar to a special fund-raising event to allow the teams to continue to represent them on the world stage.

England’s international events director Dick Clegg needs to raise at least £16,000 to meet the basic entry and transport costs for the disabled and veterans teams in this year’s events. In the next few weeks, Angling Times will be writing to every club under its Bait-Tech Clubman scheme with sponsorship forms and details of how it can play its part in the big push for funds.

The special fundraisers can be fished on any date up to May 30, with multiple matches allowed. A host of tackle prizes, including top-of-the-range boxes and poles have already been secured by Dick and, together with coaching days with England stars such as Will Raison and Alan Scotthorne, these will be split between the clubs who raise the most money and a random draw of those taking part.

“This is fantastic news which, hopefully, means we will be able to send all our teams to their respective events, where they will come back with the goods. For the past few years money has been tight, but none more so than this year. So little funding is available from Government sources for fishing at a high level and we only have a few loyal major sponsors from the tackle trade. Every penny will count, so please register for Clubman and allocate one of your matches as a fundraiser today,” said Dick.