Children and young people from all over the country are being invited to book their tickets for the 2019 Cadet, Junior and Youth Canal Angling Championships.
The event is open to anglers aged from eight to 18 and will take place on Sunday September 15 on the Little Onn section of the prolific Shropshire Union Canal near to the community-owned Royal Oak Pub in the tranquil Staffordshire village of Church Eaton.
The fishing will take place for up to four hours (three hours for the cadets) with the stretch of canal kindly provided courtesy of Izaak Walton (Stafford) Angling Association.
The Championships will be a celebration of our 2019 Let’s Fish! campaign which, throughout the year will have provided around 200 free angling taster sessions around the country to encourage young people to take up the sport.
Peter Henery, the Canal & River Trust’s angling development manager said: “Fishing is a great sport for youngsters to get interested in as it gets them away from their smartphones and out enjoying the fresh air whilst making new friends.
“This year the championships include a cadet’s section, as well as the chance for juniors to pair up to represent their local town, village or angling club on the big day and compete for a new pairs trophy. I would urge anyone interested to sign up and take part as you never know you could be crowned this year’s Junior Champion.”
|Competition||Age (on the day)|
|Cadets||8 - 9 years old|
|Juniors||10 - 15 years old|
|Youth||16 - 18 years old|
|Junior pair teams||10 - 15 years old|
Organisations from as far afield as Northern Ireland and South Wales have already confirmed they will be sending a pair of junior anglers to represent their clubs.
The Championships are being organised in a partnership with Angling Trust. It is sponsored by Angling Direct. Tickets for the event, costing £5, are on sale on the Angling Trust website.