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Global Communities Fishing Celebration

In October of each year, as part of the Let's Fish! programme, Canal & River Trust organise a team of three Global Communities Celebration fishing event.

Commonwealth Communities Celebration 2022

As well as teams representing the home nations communities, young people with ancestral connections from nations from all over the world can take part to represent their communities.

When is the 2023 event taking place?

The event will be held on Saturday 21 October on the Shropshire Union Canal in Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Shropshire, Shropshire Union Canal

How am I able to take part?

The number of places is limited and those chosen to participate to represent their communities will typically have participated in the National Celebration of Young People and Fishing the previous month and then have been selected by the Let's Fish! selection panel to represent a specific community in a specific age category on the day.

Penny at celebration

Automatic qualification

There will be 15 places up for grabs for the best placed points scorers in each category in the Let's Fish! regional events each year. Ask your local Let's Fish! coaching team for more information.

Eligible nations

As this is a Global Communities Celebration, we're aiming to have as many overseas communities from across the globe represented as possible. In 2022, apart from the home nations communities, the following overseas communities were represented:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
Team Kenya!

To be eligible to represent an overseas nation community, you must have a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent with ancestral connections with the nation you wish to represent. We aim to expand the number of overseas communities represented as Let's Fish! expands reaches even more communities.

Age categories

There are four age categories:

Cadet (7 to 10 as at the date of the national celebration)

Young junior - 11-15 years of age on the day of the national celebration

Full junior - 11-15 years of age on the day of the national celebration

Youth (16 to 20 as at the date of the national celebration)

Opening ceremony

There will be an opening ceremony held at around 9.30 am on the day of the celebration. At least three members of each global community will be invited to carry a national flag. Individual participants will however be required to provide their own national flags.

Event rules

There is a link to the event rules here.


If you have ancestral connections (parent, grandparents, or great-grandparents) to any overseas community, and you wish to be considered to represent them, please email [email protected]

What it's like to be at the 2023 Global Communities Celebration

Last Edited: 30 November 2023

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