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 help younger people learn and love angling as much as we do.

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

It should be easier for young people to get into fishing as under 12s don’t need a rod licence. And thanks to the Environment Agency reducing the cost in 2017, juniors between 13 and 16 are free. (Though they still need to get a junior licence). So what’s stopping them? And where will the next generation of angling champions come from if they’re not there?

This is where you come in

There’s a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction gained from helping new people into the sport. Most coaches are motivated to 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.

Becoming 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 2017 there were 48 Let’s Fish events up and down the country with hundreds of children getting involved.

It’s one of the reasons our Let’s Fish scheme is running again in 2018 and this time we want the whole family to get involved.

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

Starting in May 2018, we’ll be offering coaches the opportunity to improve their narrow canal fishing skills. Again, contact us at fisheries@canalrivertrust.org.uk for details. Other CPD courses are available for qualified coaches through the Angling Trust.

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: 15 March 2018