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Reel Education creates next steps to get into fishing

Regional Angling Development Officer, Dave Evans, had his first Reel Education follow up session at Broadacres Fishery in Bromsgrove. Seven families booked on to go fishing again, everyone caught fish and had a great time!

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Dave Evans, the Angling Trust Regional Angling Development Officer for the West Midlands told us:

“Reel Education sessions have been a huge hit in the first year of delivery with every primary school we have visited providing excellent feedback which we want to share with you here. Our School Initiators are thoroughly background and DBS checked and we have everybody’s safeguarding at the forefront when we visit and communicate appropriately with children at KS1 and KS2 stages of their education.”

The Reel Education‘ project is a Free primary school resource that has been developed by the Angling Trust and Shakespeare Fishing Tackle. Lesson plans and activities have been created by teachers, for teachers and are linked to the national framework.

With a focus on Art, Maths & Science in curriculum-based activities as well as P.E and games led by licensed Angling Trust coaches the all-encompassing Reel Education resource demonstrates the link between Environment, Nature and Angling.

Reel Education will come in to the school and run a full day of exercises, activities and lesson plans that can lead to next-steps follow-up attendance at optional, fishing events run by the Angling Trust all over England – the aim being to introduce pupils to the outdoors and provide a lifelong connection to all of the educational, health and wellbeing benefits that the wonderful world of angling brings to people of all ages and backgrounds each year!

If you are a schoolteacher, education worker or parent who is interested in having a Reel Education programme at your school or facility, please contact us via the contact details or contact form at

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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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