FISHING has fared better than many sports after the Angling Trust was awarded £1.8 million from Sport England – but we still lag behind some very low participant activities!

The Trust has welcomed the announcement that it has been successful in securing the funding over the next four years for some specific programmes of work to grow angling participation.

This award represents an increase on the £1.56 million that was paid over the last four years to build an infrastructure of 1,400 coaches, 35 County Angling Action Groups and 91 Club Mark-accredited clubs.

While the award is less than the £2.35 million maximum bid submitted by the Trust, many sports have had reductions in their funding due to cuts in the grant to Sport England from the Government.

Table tennis, wrestling, indoor volleyball and handball will all receive NOTHING as UK Sport believe they have no chance of winning a single medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

But fairly low participants sports have had huge increases with canoeing going up to £19.1 million, rowing £32.6 million, sailing £24.5 million and even synchronised swimming up to £4.3 million.

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