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YOUNG CARPERS TO GET CHANCE TO FISH FOR ENGLAND IN 2023
England’s best young carp anglers will get the opportunity to represent their country in 2023 and beyond as the sports’ world governing body announced a new U22 Carp Fishing World Championships.
Carp fishing is one of the fastest growing categories within the FIPSed line up with 34 nations now registered for the seniors class, which the Outlaw Pro-backed Team England squad won gold medals at last September.
The women’s class is growing strongly following its inclusion last year too, with England hosting the World Champs event on home soil last Summer and claiming a well-earned team silver.
Now, with the addition of a youth section – due to start this year – our younger anglers will be able to compete too.
Chair of the FIPSed Carp Fishing Technical Committee and Angling Trust Carp Team England Manager, Rob Hughes, has been the driving force behind the inclusion of both the Women’s and the new U22 Youth categories.
“It’s clear that carp fishing is hugely popular all around the world and, having established the hugely successful women’s class a couple of years ago, the next natural step is to bring in a youth squad,” said Rob.
“There are loads of talented youth anglers that love to fish in competitions but would not be able to compete for their countries under the current system. This new category will allow them to do just that and give managers the opportunity to build a talent pathway from junior through to senior international level.”
The inaugural World Cup will be held as an exhibition event in France in September 2023 with a full World Championships planned for 2024, to be hosted in either Latvia or Italy.
* The Angling Trust will be seeking CVs from applicants for Carp Team England U22 at the end of February with trials and assessment days planned for April – watch this space for updates. To qualify, competitors must be under 22 years of age on the 31st of January of the year preceding the event.