Mendip: Fishing 4 Schools

On Wednesday 15th November students from over 20 schools across the country will be heading to London to attend a reception at Parliament to honour the Champions of ‘Fishing 4 Schools’. Two students from The Mendip School in Shepton Mallet will travel to Westminster after they were selected as ‘Champions’ by their staff and coaches. Whilst at Westminster they will enjoy tea, cake and and a medal ceremony as well as get to meet various Members of Parliament. Both students completed the short angling course and were judged by their teachers and coaches to have gained the most from the scheme, whether in confidence, positive outlook or the ability to socialise.

As part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 8 KS4 students have been learning how to fish during their Skills section.  Martin Harrisson and Charles Halliday from ‘Fishing 4 Schools’ have been leading the sessions at Higher Farm in Shepton Montague and the students have really enjoyed learning new skills, meeting new people and gaining confidence in their abilities.  The support they have received has been incredible. 

Jack, student at Mendip said –“ I’ve been fishing before but hadn’t been for a while. I love the peace and quiet, it makes me feel relaxed. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it and the coaches made me feel like I was really good. I am looking forward to going to London for the day”

Natasha, another student, said –“ I had never been fishing beofre so did not know what to expect. I really enjoyed catching my first fish and the coaches showed me how to unhook it. I now have my own rod and fishing licence and have been fishing with my mum and brother. I am excited about going to London on the train to get an award”

The group of students who took part are all eager to carry on the fishing sessions again. In fact, some have already gone out and bought their own equipment and fishing licences! It is amazing that our students have been recognised for the work they do and their positive attitudes and we can’t thank ‘Fishing 4 Schools’ enough.

‘Fishing 4 Schools’ is part of the Countryside Alliance and schools can apply directly to get involved. 

Fishing for Schools offers young people the opportunity to discover the joy of fishing, whilst learning new skills in a fun and proactive way.

It is delivered by the Countryside Alliance Foundation and world famous angler Charles Jardine, and to date over 2,000 students have benefited from Fishing 4 Schools.

Posted by on November 3rd 2017

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