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The National Celebration of Young People and Fishing 2023

Held every year on the third weekend of September, this event is the UK’s largest National Celebration of Young Peoples' fishing. Our aim is to make sure participants have a fun day, land a few fish, learn something new, meet new friends and end up being inspired to come back to our waterways time and time again.

National Celebration 2022 - Prize presentation

Everyone who participates will take home a medal or trophy, a goody bag and special event certificate. And if you are skilful enough to land a gudgeon, a special 2023 edition gudgeon mug will be yours to keep.

Winning a special prize or being crowned champion would of course be a dream come true, but taking part in this unique occasion is something that every young person aged between 7 and 20 is now able to do. Let's Fish! is there to help each and every one of you along your journey to the celebration.

Age categories at the Celebration:

  • Cadets (aged 7 to 10 years on the day of the event, 6 years olds many participate if they have an elder sibling also participating)
  • Young juniors (aged 11 and 12 on the day of the event)
  • Full juniors (aged 13 to 15 on the day of the event
  • Youth (aged 16 to 20 on the day of the event)

If you're interested in taking part in the 2023 National Celebration,

National Celebration of Young People and fishing - Day 1 - Cadets & Youth: Book tickets here

National Celebration Young People & Fishing - Day 2 - Juniors: Book tickets here

Taking part in the National Celebration

  • The cadet and youth events will be held on the Shropshire Union Canal in Staffordshire on Saturday 16 September.
  • The young and full junior events will be held on the Shropshire Union Canal in Staffordshire & Shropshire on Sunday 17 September.
  • Subject to agreement, participants may take part in an older age category especially it is makes family travel easier, but cannot take part, or be eligible for prizes, in a younger age category.
  • We will hold an online draw for your fishing peg on the Canal & River Trust Angling Facebook page on the evening of Wednesday 13 September.
  • We encourage those taking part to form teams of three, ideally through their local Let's Fish! club or community group. There will be a special prize for the top performing school and team representing a tackle shop in both the cadet and junior event.
  • Entries will open in Spring 2023.
  • Once you have registered to take part, you will be entitled to one free two-hour canal coaching development session through the Let's Fish! programme (subject to availability). These sessions are designed to help you prepare for the big day.
  • If you register early for this event, you will automatically be invited to take part in other Let's Fish! regional fishing celebration style events.
  • To read through the rules of the event, click here.

Why you should take part in the National Celebration

What you can win at the National Celebration

National Celebration 2022: The Movie

A look back at the 2022 event

The 2022 National Celebration of Young People and Fishing made for a fantastic weekend of over 200 youngsters fishing on the Shropshire Union Canal. Thank you to everyone who took part and their families, and special thanks to all the Let's Fish! coaches, clubs and volunteers who helped run the event.

With thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery for their support and in association with the Angling Trust. Sponsored by GUGGS, Leigh Tackle, Prince Albert Angling Society, Sensas, Colmic, Sonubaits, Reuben Heaton, Guru and Fjuka

Congratulations to

  • Cadet winner (age 7-10): Lilly Mae Kirk
    Full list of cadet results.
  • Junior winner (age 11-15): Lucas Finch
    Full list of junior results.
  • Youth winner (age 16-20): Lottie Wootton
    Full list of youth results.
  • Junior team winners: Bitterwell lakes. (Ben Brooks, Charlie Isaacs, Jack Stone)
  • Cadet team winners: Telford AA(Dylan Egan, Lily Rose Portman & Paignton Doodson)
  • Youth team winners: Sensas Smithy's Evesham(Lottie Wootton, Oliver Harvey & Sam Moulton)

With thanks to

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for helping us score and share the matches results.

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Sponsored by

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Guru logo
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Matrix logo
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In association with

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Still not sure whether to attend?

Let's hear from our national fisheries and angling manager, with some reasons as to why we think you should join us in September 2022.

Last Edited: 07 June 2023

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