Become a Let’s Fish! coach

As a charity, we’re encouraging as many people as possible to get into fishing but we need great, experienced coaches to inspire people to learn and love angling as much as we do.

Coaches from the award winning Let's Fish! programme: Andrew Fairclough, John Ogden (rear), Peter Henery (Front) Jonathan Henery, Peter Fieldhouse, Eric Brown Coaches from the award winning Let's Fish! programme: Andrew Fairclough, John Ogden (rear), Peter Henery (Front) Jonathan Henery, Peter Fieldhouse, Eric Brown

Why become a qualified angling coach?

Hundreds of thousands of people regularly (ie once a month) go fishing across England and Wales and usually on one of our canals or rivers. As a charity, we’re encouraging as many people as possible to get into fishing but we need you to share your love and knowledge of angling to inspire the next generation of anglers.

Eric Brown, Chairman of Hodnet Angling Club explains in this video why he got involved and became a Let's Fish! coach.

This is where you come in

There’s a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction gained from helping new people into the sport. Most coaches get involved for the love and the desire to put something back into their clubs, rather than the financial rewards.

How to get your coaching qualifications

The Angling Trust are responsible for all training and licencing of professionally qualified angling coaches.

All licenced coaches will have:

  • An accredited Level 1 or Level 2 ‘1st4Sport’ coaching qualification
  • Up-to-date Child Protection and safeguarding training
  • A current first aid certificate
  • An up-to-date DBS certificate
  • A current insurance policy

You can find more details on their website.

Become a Let’s Fish! partner club

Here at the Canal & River Trust we want to make sure life’s better by water for everyone, with all the access they need to the towpaths, angling clubs and right teaching and support available. In 2019 there were 300 Let’s Fish! events up and down the country with over 8,100 people learning to fish.

As a Level 2 coach, if you sign up as a partner club to deliver our Let’s Fish! programme you’ll have support from our Let’s Fish! co-ordinator, Peter Henery. Contact Peter at fisheries@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Help to cover your costs

You’ll need to part fund your qualification, including any transport and accommodation costs. Part funding is available from:

Continuing professional development

We're helping coaches to improve their canal fishing skills. National canal champion, Simon Mottram, trains our coaches in the skills they need to successfully fish our canals. It's important that every Let's Fish! coach is skilled enough to make sure everyone who comes along to a Let's Fish! event catches at least one fish. We call it 'Mottification' and this film will give you just a taster of the hints and tips available. (This is a long play video: 1 hour 10 mins)

Your next steps

If you are interested in getting involved in coaching with Canal & River Trust or would like to find out more, contact us at fisheries@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Last date edited: 20 November 2019