Coarse Talent Pathway 2022

The Angling Trust Tackle Guru Coarse Talent Pathway is designed to develop the youth of tomorrow by putting anglers in a competitive situation with a focus on performance. Pole and Waggler tactics will be the focus during these sessions with anglers asked to use natural baits. The programme will give coaches an opportunity to observe and communicate with the anglers on a 1-1 basis imparting their years of high-level knowledge. Coaches will assess anglers based on their combined performance and results.

Young anglers aged 12 – 16 are invited to enter the Talent Pathway programme. The pathway consists of three regional programmes, North, Midlands, and South which will be delivered by anglers with high-level international experience. The programme culminates in an inter-regional final where all three regions come together to compete in a team competition with prizes to be won from sponsor Tackle Guru.

The Talent Pathway programme aims to coach anglers into selection for the Under 15s Coarse England team, and this selection is made by coaches and team managers at the inter-regional final.

To participate in the Talent Pathway programme, you must be aged between 12 years to 16 years on 1st January 2022. N.B. this date range is subject to change.

For more up-to-date information please visit the Angling Trust Competitions Facebook page here.

Angling Trust Tackle Guru Coarse Talent Pathway

Entries are now open for the Angling Trust Tackle Guru Coarse Talent Pathway!

The Angling Trust Tackle Guru Talent Pathway involves high-level coaching about international angling from current and former England Internationals such as Matt Godfrey, Joe Roberts, Frankie Gianoncelli, Andy Bennett, and Bill Reynolds, and is used as the coaching and selection process for the England Under 15s team. At this year’s Inter-Regional Talent Pathway Final on the 9th of April, the England Management will select five young anglers to represent England in the 2022 World Championships taking place on the River Sava in Slovenia in August. Guru England U15s Coach, Matt Godfrey, told us “This year’s pathway will focus heavily on international style tactics that we’ll be looking at using in Slovenia. We’ll be using continental groundbaiting techniques with baits like bloodworm and joker, and will be focussing on rigs, tackle, prep and techniques that will likely be used in the World Championships in August.”

The Talent Pathway will consist of three regional coaching sessions; North, South and Midlands, and each regional coaching session will have space for 15 participants. Each angler will receive a goody bucket of Guru kit and Mainline Match bait at their first Talent Pathway session. There will also be prizes for the winning regional team and top three individual anglers at the Inter-Regional Talent Pathway Final with a final goody pack for each angler.

The age qualification of participants shall be at least 12 years old on 1st January 2022 and no more than 16 years old on the 31st December 2022.

Applications will be reviewed by the Angling Trust and Tackle Guru selection panel and successful applicants will be notified via email. An entry fee of £60.00 will then be required to secure your place. Details on how to pay will be included in the email to successful applicants.

If you would like to be considered, please fill in the form below and return via email to [email protected]. Alternatively post your application form to Angling Trust Competitions, The Old Police Station, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5GF.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th January 2022.


See below prospective dates for the 2022 Angling Trust Tackle Guru Coarse Talent Pathway:

North Pathway Session Dates

 Session 1 – Saturday 19th February – Partridge Lakes

 Session 2 – Sunday 6th March – Partridge Lakes

 Session 3 – Saturday 2nd April – Partridge Lakes


Midland Pathway Session Dates

 Session 1 – Sunday 27th February – Makins Fishery

 Session 2 – Sunday 6th March – Makins Fishery

 Session 3 – Saturday 2nd April – Makins Fishery


South Pathway Session Dates

 Session 1 – Saturday 19th February – Ivy House Lakes

 Session 2 – Saturday 5th March – Ivy House Lakes

 Session 3 – Saturday 2nd April – Ivy House Lakes


Inter-Regional Final

Saturday 9th April – Meadowlands Fishery, Lambsdown Lake

(Dates are subject to change so please keep checking the Facebook & website pages for updated information).


Talent Pathway Final – Barston Lakes, Saturday 20th April 2019

Saturday saw the Guru England Under 15’s Trial Assessment and the Guru Angling Trust Talent Pathway Inter Regional Final take place at Barston Lakes, Solihull. Amazingly, 19 of these were actually under 15 years of age and took part in the England trial. In total there were 38 young anglers from the North, Midlands and South battling it out for the Talent Pathway Inter Regional honours.

The England Under 15 Assessment was very tight, with some amazingly talented anglers taking part where Team Manager Joe Roberts and team coach Matt Godfrey selected five anglers. Here’s the official team announcement of the anglers that will be representing The Tackle Guru England Under 15’s Team in this year’s World Championship at Lake Vicario in Spain later this year:

Matthew Mollart, Sheffield

Billy Kirk, Sussex

Harry Keys, Buckinghamshire

Austin Jennings, Bracknel

Charlie Sibley, Winchester

Well done to all of the above and to all of the other anglers who took part in the England Under 15 trial. Guru will be covering this year’s Under 15’s World Championships out in Spain, and hopefully we’ll see the Guru Under 15’s Team bring back gold for England!

Here’s the results of the Guru Angling Trust Talent Pathway Inter Regional Final:


1st – Team Midlands – 177lb

2nd – Team North – 175lb 6oz

3rd – Team South – 171lb 14oz


1st – Josh Derry – 42lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Rod Hold-all)

2nd – Fin Moore – 41lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Pole Hold-all)

3rd – Josh Paling – 38lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Bait Pro)

Massive congratulations to Team Midlands on the win and to the top three individuals. As you can see the weights have been mega tight with some impressive weights in just four hours fishing.