The Angling Trust has opened applications for experienced young anglers to be part of the England U20 squad for the 2024 World Championships this summer.

We’re looking for the best youngsters aged between 16 and 20 years old to book their place at a special assessment day where team the manager and coaches will select six exceptional anglers to represent England.

The U20s romped to victory in Portugal last year with an amazing performance which saw them take team gold and individual gold and silver medals. This year the squad will be heading to Serbia to fish the DTD Canal, and team manager Jason Kirk wants to keep the winning streak going.

Open to all anglers aged under 20 years old on December 31, 2023, we want you to apply now to be part of an assessment day on Saturday April 6, 2024, at Meadowlands Fishery, near Coventry.

Jason is looking for anglers with both pole and running line experience, those who regularly compete in matches on natural waters, and youngsters who have the right attitude to work as a close-knit squad.

Successful applicants will be invited to the assessment day where Jason and his team of coaches will put them through their paces.

“Serbia will be about catching catfish on a slider at range and pole fishing for carassio and silverfish closer in so we’ll be looking for anglers who can fish both of these methods to a high standard,” explained Jason. “We’ll be asking the anglers to fish slider for the first two hours and the pole for the second session.”

The U20 World Championships takes place in Serbia from August 5 to 10, 2024. Closing date for applications for the assessment day is Friday March 8, 2024.


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