Christmas Comes Early for Angling

The Angling TrustThe Angling Trust has welcomed today’s announcement from Sport England about  securing £1.8 million in funding over the next four years…

The cash will be used for specific programmes of work to increase participation in angling, a sporting pastime that results in so many undoubted benefits for our society and environment.

This award will continue to support the infrastructure of 1,400 coaches, 35 County Angling Action Groups and 91 Club mark-accredited clubs. As part of the National Angling Strategy launched this year – Fishing For Life – the Trust will be working with others to maximise the social and economic benefits of going fishing.

There is a huge amount of work to do to grow angling participation, and it needs to be done at a very large-scale to have an impact…(Mark Lloyd – CEO Angling Trust)

The Angling Trust will use Sport England’s funding to:

  • Support angling clubs and fisheries through its Club Fish national development programme to offer participation programmes over the four-year period
  • Focus on older and disabled anglers through the Let’s Fish group angling programme, delivered by Angling Champions at partner fisheries.
  • Establish a club and fishery competition framework at national, regional and county level to reward regular participation across all disciplines, age groups and abilities.

Sport England is also providing £138,000 to support up to 800 talented young anglers at regional and national level across the disciplines of game, coarse and sea angling.

Note: The Angling Trust is recognised by Sport England as the National Governing Body for angling in England.  It is also the representative body for angling and is supported by nearly 1,500 clubs and more than 15,000 individual anglers and works closely with partner organisations like the Environment Agency. The Angling Trust can be contacted by telephone on +44 (0)1568 620447 or e-mail