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Angling Trust chief executive, Mark Lloyd brings you this week’s blog.

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THIS week I’d like to pay tribute to the thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly to support angling development and competitions up and down the country. Without them, our sport would gradually wither and die, but because of their hard work, it is going from strength to strength.


Congratulations to Mark Brewster – 2012 Coach of the Year runner-up

Congratulations to angling coach Mark Brewster who was the runner-up in this year’s Suffolk Sports Awards for Coach of the Year. Over 325 guests attended the glittering awards ceremony, including many successful Olympians and Paralympians.

It has been another very successful year for Mark; not only has he continued to introduce over 200 people into the sport, but also the junior match team he helps run, Suffolk County, has completed a virtual clean sweep of available trophies this year.

This is the second year running Mark has made the shortlist and reading out the citation at the award ceremony, host James Hazell of Radio Suffolk, said, “Every sport, not just angling, could do with a few more Mark Brewsters.” Praise indeed and a massive achievement for angling.

Chair of the Humber Angling Action Group, John Mitchell, has been shortlisted for the “Volunteer of the Year” award at the “Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champions Awards” which will be held at the Hull KC Stadium on November 8th.

John has been instrumental in angling development at both a local and national level having worked tirelessly in his former role as NFA Vice Chair and ADB Director as well as currently in his roles as Hull & District Angling Association Vice Chair and in the school coaching work he does locally, which is promoted through the website.

John is a hard working and well respected personality in the Yorkshire angling community and this nomination recognises his contribution over the last 12 months.

Last Friday Sandra Drew, our Competitions Manager, met the local club representatives who are helping host the Division One National Championship on the Trent & Mersey Canal on Saturday 7th September 2013 for a planning meeting for this prestigious event. These volunteers are vital to the sport of angling and we are very grateful for the wonderful work they do supporting the Angling Trust.

Minehead hosted this year’s annual Angling Trust Boat Angling competition on 13th/14th October, again organised by volunteers who put in many days’ work to organised the event.

The angling was of a consistently high standard with everyone keeping an eye open to ensure that when a fell competitor caught well, the bait and rig was noted. Over the two days, sadly there was not a single ray or cod caught, and the only triggers encountered (and hooked) managed to escape before the net.

However, despite the excess of freshwater in the channel, in all some 20 species were recorded by the anglers. A full list of results is available at




Here’s the list of all our new blogs and when they go live:

MONDAY: Carp crews on rotation – Korda, Fox, Nash and ACE.

TUESDAY: Steve Collett, Mail contributor and ultimate all-rounder.

WEDNESDAY: Angler’s Mail HQ – yes, us!

THURSDAY: Specialists from Pike Anglers Club, Korum, Pallatrax and Marukyu, on rotation.

FRIDAY: Carl & Alex, Angler’s Mail juniors and video diary makers.

SATURDAY: The Angling Trust – guys at the governing body.

SUNDAY: Colin Mitchell, veteran coarse angler and top journalist

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