FISHING clubs in the Ribble Valley have announced forward-thinking plans to work with schools in a bid to promote angling and recruit youngsters.
After becoming disillusioned by dwindling membership numbers, the Hodder Consultative – an organisation made up of representatives from all the clubs that fish the River Hodder – took the proactive step of getting in touch with local schools through the Ribble Rivers Trust (RRT).
As a result, pupils from two such schools – St Mary’s and Brennand’s Endowed – took part in their first fishing sessions, where each pupil was taught the basics as well as learning about water safety, wildlife and conservation. More than 30 children took part over two days, during which time 300-plus fish were banked, comprising mainly minnows, small silvers and grayling.
Their teacher, Helen Murray, said that the sessions were an overwhelming success.
“The pupils were saying how much they loved the day, and how they can’t wait to get a fishing rod!” she revealed.
Neil Ashworth, Education officer and Lead Angling Coach for the RRT, led the sessions. He added:
“It’s great to see angling clubs engaging with younger people.”