Let's Fish! for Schools

The Let’s Fish team now work in partnership with several schools. Our objectives are to create active outdoor participation in a safe environment allowing pupils to learn new skills at their own pace.

A young person and their coach sat next to the canal fishing Ben and his coach Sue enjoy a good day’s fishing © Daniel James

Where do we work?

Our priority locations are set out below although we are open to work with committed partner schools in other geographical areas within reasonable travelling distance of one of our waterways.

  • Cheshire & the Wirral
  • Leicestershire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire & the Potteries
  • West Midlands including Birmingham, the Black Country & Coventry
  • Wrexham & Flintshire

What is Let’s Fish?

Let's Fish! is an initiative run by the Canal & River Trust aiming to get people in to fishing. Fishing is a great way to be active outdoors and connect to nature and the environment. It's also an ideal way to study the species that live within our waterways and learn what the Canal & River Trust is doing to look after them.

The learning outcomes for children are valuable and far reaching:

  • Creating confident individuals - catching that all important first fish is a huge self-esteem boost

  • Skills development - introducing children to new hobbies

  • Coordination - our coaches will help children with the correct fishing techniques so that bad habits that could cause problems later on, are  not developed

  • Water-safety, conduct and behaviour - children will be expected to act sensibly near water and look after the equipment

  • Patience, concentration and resilience - if a fish isn't caught, resilience is built from having a fun and immersive experience despite not always catching a fish

  • Ongoing personal development

Curriculum links

Living things and their habitats, food chains, plastics and environmental awareness, life cycles, geography, maths and the history of canals and their role in the industrial revolution.

What Let’s Fish! is able to provide to our partner schools

  • A minimum of four Let’s Fish! introductory days per annum for pupils. These are charged at £275 per day but are free to all schools who contractually commit to enter a minimum of one team of three participants into the National Celebration of Young People & Fishing event held in September each year

  • All our events are led by a qualified and licenced level two angling coach supported by at least one qualified and licensed level one angling coach

  • Events can take place either during school hours or in the evenings after school or possibly on a Saturday. These sessions will be typically held on a local canal fishery during the period from the Easter holidays through to the start of the school summer holidays in July or in the period from early September through to the October half term. The precise itinerary would be agreed locally to suit individual school circumstances

  • All fishing equipment, bait, licences and fishing permits will be provided.

  • The opportunity for pupils to earn a range of certificates including the My First Fish award, the Let's Fish! award, the gudgeon award and the perch award

  • Provision of the opportunity for bespoke 1 to 1 fishing development sessions for those pupils who are likely to be chosen to represent the school in the National Celebration of Young People and Fishing

  • Ongoing guidance and support from a panel for Let’s Fish! technical fishing coaches

  • Support with establishment of a formal school fishing club and fishing teams to represent the school

  • Support with ensuring appropriate fishing equipment is purchased by the school or individual participants
  • Support with securing access for local places to fish

  • The option of coaching training for school staff who may be committed to establishing fishing activity within the school

Commitment required from partner schools

  • Promotion and awareness of the Let’s Fish! opportunity amongst pupils, parents, and if appropriate, the local community

  • Provision of the appropriate level of staff or parental administrative support, typically appointing a lead organiser who will liaise with the lead Level 2 Let’s Fish! Angling Coach

  • Ensure that requisite number of participants are available to fill the agreed number of slots and subsequently providing requisite attendee data to the Let’s Fish! Co-ordinator

  • Working with the Let’s Fish! coaching team to ensure that the school is represented by a minimum of three pupils at the National Celebration of Young People and Fishing. The school will need to ensure appropriate transport arrangements are in place to and from the venue plus the support with provision of relevant articles for the Canal & River Trust website or social media

  • Where schools agree to but subsequently fail to enter a team of three participants in the National Celebration of Young People and Fishing, the standard Let’s Fish! day rate will be applied

Getting in touch with us

To explore the option of your school getting involved, please email lets.fish@canalrivertrust.org.uk with details of the location of your school and a telephone contact.

Last date edited: 9 November 2021