New Match Academy will unleash hidden fishing talent

A group of top anglers has teamed up with the nation’s most famous commercial fishery to launch an innovative scheme that aims to find the sport’s stars of the future.
Warwickshire’s Makins Fishery has signed a sponsorship deal with tackle giant Guru that will see the brand’s sponsored anglers involved in a new Match Academy in a bid to unlock hidden junior talent.
Angling Times columnist Steve Ringer and England Feeder Team member Adam Rooney are among the big names to have pledged to provide coaching during the project.
Youths between the ages of 12 and 16  have been given a major incentive, with Guru promising a year-long sponsorship deal to the most impressive prospect.
Scheme leader Adam Rooney said: “There are thousands of budding young match anglers out there and we want to give them the chance to make that step up to the top level.
“It will give us the opportunity to pass on the team’s knowledge and skills to the next generation and hopefully give them a real shot at becoming future household names.”
Makins owner Alan McDiarmid said: “By joining forces with Guru we are giving juniors a real opportunity to show just how talented they are.”
It isn’t the first time that major manufacturers have stepped up to the plate to benefit junior anglers, with Preston Innovations-backed stars including Des Shipp and Tommy Pickering previously sharing their knowledge during the nationwide Fish Camp series.


Staff are working on the format of the Match Academy, with dates set to be pencilled in at the complex next summer. For regular updates on the scheme visit