International conference to increase participation.
from six European countries gathered in London over the past two days
to discuss how to increase the numbers of young people going fishing, at
a conference hosted on behalf of the European Anglers’ Alliance.
has been shown to be highly beneficial for the development of young
people and provides opportunities for them to learn a wide range of
skills. It is also an excellent way for people of different ages to
share an experience in the great outdoors, to encourage greater
communication between the generations and facilitate more contact with
nature for young people.
Delegates heard of best practice from
throughout the European Union, including ways to reconnect children with
nature, make projects inclusive and fun for all, attract and keep
volunteer support, and help kids to create and share their own fishing
stories through social media.
All the successful examples
involved partnership between a combination of schools, government, clubs
and businesses. On the second day, delegates visited a campus of the
acclaimed Get Hooked On Fishing Scheme in Ealing. The organisation
provides access to fishing for young people from all backgrounds.
is hoped that the findings of the conference will have help to advise
future recruitment strategies, both in the UK and abroad.