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

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THIS week, the Angling Trust completed our £1.8m funding deal with Sport England to increase angling participation over the next four years and received the first year’s payment. 

We’ll be spending the money on four exciting new programmes to get people fishing more often, in line with Sport England’s objectives to grow once a week participation.

These funds will be more than matched with funding from the Environment Agency, to be finalised shortly, which will be focussed on getting new anglers started in the sport, and tackling some of the issues that were identified in last year’s national angling survey that stop people going fishing.  Together, this makes a really exciting package of work that should be of real benefit to the future of angling.


The Sport England programmes will be announced properly over the coming months, but they will include:

  • Social fishing opportunities at Angling Trust member clubs  to increase and retain members.
  • Volunteer led group fishing sessions at Angling Trust member fisheries targeted at anglers over 50 and with disabilities.
  • A national points league so that anglers fishing in any coarse, game or sea competitions registered with the Angling Trust can accumulate league ranking points.
  • Support for the England Talent Pathway to recruit and develop talented anglers for the national teams in all disciplines.

The Angling Trust will also be recruiting two new members of staff to help deliver the National Angling Strategy that we launched last year: an Implementation Manager and a New Media Manager.  Details of these jobs are available on the vacancies section of the Angling Trust site at

Please do apply, as long as you meet the criteria in the job description, or encourage other people to apply if you think they would be suitable.  We’re looking for people who are passionate about their fishing, and who have the skills and experience to do a really professional job promoting angling to the public and to organisations who might be able to provide more funding to support improving facilities, supporting coaches and restoring fish stocks.

All this funding is great, but it does have to be focussed on the things that Sport England and the Environment Agency want us to do.  Membership income can be spent on whatever our membership wants us to do.  Therefore it’s more important than ever that anglers, angling clubs, fisheries, tackle shops, charter boats, riparian owners, river associations and consultatives join the Angling Trust and Fish Legal to support the work that we do fighting to protect fish stocks and fishing for present and future generations.


All this work depends on members and donors to make it happen.  If you’re not a member, now’s the time to back us so that we can protect and improve your fishing. It only takes 5 minutes at or by phoning 0844 7700616 during office hours (press 1 for membership).





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