15 NOV 2017

Helen Grant MP congratulates young fishing champions

Twenty-four young anglers from across the UK were recognised at the House of Commons last week in the Fishing for Schools Champions Awards. MP for Maidstone and The Weald Helen Grant was on hand to congratulate youngsters from three schools in her constituency.

Fishing for Schools is an initiative run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation, the charitable arm of the Countryside Alliance. It provides short angling courses at schools across the country, to aid the education of 12 to 18-year-olds who may not respond to traditional classroom-based learning but flourish when you get them outside onto the water. It celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

Many of the youngsters who fish through Fishing for Schools have physical, learning or behavioural difficulties which mean they are not always in mainstream education. Each school was asked to nominate one child whom they thought had achieved the most through the course to be their champion and it is these youngsters who were commended at the reception on Wednesday.

Helen Grant MP said: "I was delighted to attend the Fishing for Schools Champions Awards and meet these inspirational young people from Maidstone. Getting children out into the great outdoors and taking part in sport is an issue very close to my heart and I truly believe that sports such as fishing have the power to change and improve lives. I thoroughly support the aims of Fishing for Schools."

Fishing for Schools director Charles Jardine added: "These students are a tremendous example of what is achieved through Fishing for Schools. Many of them have had challenging school careers but fishing is a sport without barriers and seems to have struck a chord with these students, offering something they can achieve and benefit from and teaching all manner of life skills along the way. I congratulate them all."

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