News article created on 10 December 2014

Dates and venues for 2015 Canal Pairs Championships announced

We have joined with the Angling Trust to announce details of the 2015 Canal Pairs Championships.

It’s been a long held ambition to see a major national event of this type launched on the canal network

John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager

Each of our 11 regions will host a qualifying heat with the top five pairs going through to the 110 peg final. These are being held along the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal on Saturday 24th October.

The dates, venues and host clubs for the qualifiers and the final are listed below:

  • Sunday      12th April  - Grand Union Canal - Loughborough Soar Angling Society
  • Sunday      26th April – Shropshire Union Canal - Hodnet Angling Club
  • Sunday      3rd May – Grand Union Canal  - Northampton Nene Angling Club
  • Sunday      24th May – Kennet & Avon Canal - Devizes Angling Association
  • Sunday      21st June – Gloucester & Sharpness Canal – Winget Angling Club
  • Saturday      11th July – Aire & Calder Navigation – Boothferry Aire & Calder Joint Canal Committee
  • Sunday      26th July – London Waterway  – Venue to be confirmed
  • Saturday      15th August  - Rochdale Canal – Heywood & District
  • Saturday      5th September – Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal –      Wolverhampton Angling Association
  • Sunday      20th September – Beeston Canal – Nottingham Anglers Association
  • Sunday      27th September - Leeds & Liverpool Canal  – Wigan & District Angling Association
  • FINAL      Saturday 24th October – Birmingham & Fazeley Canal – Dams & Lock Angling Club

Tickets are priced at £20 per angler (£40 per peg) and are on sale through the Angling Trust.  A 50 peg junior canal championship match will be held on the 24th October.

Our national fisheries & angling manager, John Ellis, said: ‘It’s been a long held ambition to see a major national event of this type launched on the canal network. I feel sure that many club anglers will fancy their chances on qualifying for the final on their own local patch and then who knows what might happen.”

Angling Trust senior competitions manager, Ben Thompson, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Canal & River Trust on this competition.  Last year’s pilot programme on the Shropshire Union Canal went very well and we hope that the introduction of a series of qualifiers followed by a grand final will create opportunities for more anglers to compete in their local area.”