THERE’S never been a better time for youngsters to get into angling, with projects springing up around the country to help young people take up the sport.

The Countryside Alliance has set up a Fishing for Schools programme aimed at getting angling onto the National Curriculum.

Courses for 14-16 year olds combine classroom study with outdoor learning that includes knot-tying, fish biology, safety, insect life and respect for wildlife, along with fishing skills, working towards a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, which is a GCSE alternative.

For the full story of numerous school projects, get a copy of this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.