8 July 2013

Shoreham Port and the Angling Trust’s Sussex Marine region will be working in partnership to deliver coaching and taster sessions for young anglers, which will take place along the North bank stretch of Shoreham Harbour basin.

The coaching sessions, which will be held on 16th and 30th of August, will be completely free to attend for young anglers and their families. Angling Trust registered coaches will be teaching young anglers (and their parents or guardians) how to be better anglers in float fishing, ledgering, saltwater fly fishing and light rock fishing. Mark vale, Angling Trust Charter Boat member and skipper of She Like’s It II,will also be taking young anglers out on boat fishing taster sessions throughout the days.

Tackle, equipment and bait will be provided for every session and each young angler taking part will get with a goody bag of tackle to take away with them. Parents are asked to register their child for one or more of these 30 minute sessions with a coach by emailing enquiries@anglingtrustsussexmarine.net.

The idea of the sessions is to encourage more youngsters to take up angling, to get outdoors, be active, enjoy the natural environment around them and have fun. They are also an opportunity for sea angling to demonstrate the huge social and cultural and health benefits that it brings to local communities.

David Mitchell, the Angling Trust’s marine campaigns manager said “Support from local anglers and clubs for our work getting more youngsters into fishing has been fantastic. Two clubs, Hove Deep Sea Anglers and the South Coast Angling Club, have already donated prizes from a recent raffle to help us provide fishing tackle during the coaching sessions”.

Mark Vale said “I am very pleased to be involved with this event. I believe it is a great way to introduce and encourage people of all ages, but especially youngsters, to the world of angling. There are many benefits that can be derived from this great sport”.

As a busy working Port, Shoreham is normally off limits to anglers so this is a unique opportunity. Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “We are delighted to be able to support the Angling Trust coaching sessions. It is vital that we continue to encourage young people into the sport. This is an excellent opportunity for people to learn a new skill and hopefully begin a hobby that they will enjoy for many years to come”.

To find out more about the events and how to register for a coaching session go to www.anglingtrustsussexmarine.net