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Reel Education – fishing in primary schools goes from strength to strength

Shakespeare Fishing Tackle and Angling Trust joined forces this year with a new school engagement programme called Reel Education

In April 2022, we launched our new and incredibly exciting school’s engagement programme ‘Reel Education’ which is jointly funded by our Exclusive Fishing Tackle Partner Shakespeare Fishing Tackle and uses teacher designed resources for delivery by primary school teachers to Key Stage 1, Lower and Upper Key Stage 2 in Art Science and Maths. Children also get to take part in angling related games delivered by angling coaches.

Coaches will link the school in with the local coarse, sea and game angling community, to provide sustainable, quality-assured exit routes for children who want to go fishing afterwards – taking them from the classroom to the water’s edge!

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Your School could be a Reel Education Delivery Leader

After its amazing popularity, we are looking to scale-up delivery to around 56,000 children and have employed two Reel Education Initiators to manage, recruit and train paid Reel Education Delivery Leaders.

If you are interested in using Reel Education resources in a primary school or becoming a Reel Education Delivery Leader, please contact Chris Holden if you live in the north of England on [email protected] or in the south it’s Neil Whylie on [email protected].


Richard Hadley
Angling Trust Coaching Centre Manager and Lead Safeguarding Officer
07720 974811 | [email protected]


The Get Fishing campaign to get more people fishing more often is funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income as part of the National Angling Strategic Services contract with the Angling Trust, and Sport England. Children under 13 do not need a licence, and licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free but you still need to register and receive a licence in order to go fishing. You can get a licence for the full year, for 8 days (ideal for holidays!) or just a day’s fishing.

NOTE: Although young children who are under 13 year old do not need a licence to fish, the person supervising them needs the proper fishing licence to take hold of the rod or to help the child fish with it.

The Angling Trust’s ‘Get Fishing’ campaign is proudly supported by
Shakespeare, Exclusive Tackle Partner and Angling Direct, Exclusive Retail Partner
as we all work towards getting more people fishing, more often.


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