Youth angling workshop
Earlier in 2012 IFI contacted all the angling representative bodies as part of our stakeholder engagement process. Arising from this correspondence and subsequent meetings it became clear that the there was broad agreement for the need to;
IFI and its predecessors in the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards have been involved in a significant number of youth angling programmes and have some considerable experience, and success in this area. However it is clear that to expand our activities we would require the co-operation of the wider angling community. In August 2012 IFI organised a workshop at which a model for promoting youth angling which could also be used in an outreach context was discussed. All angling representative bodies and support organisations such as GAIA and APGAI Irealnd, Coaching Ireland etc were invited to attend.
Fishing for Answers
Fishing for Answers is a report by the Social and Community Benefits of Angling Research Project in UK which summarises the key findings from three years of research on the benefits angling delivers for people and their communities. It focuses on angling's contribution to six key areas: sports participation; health and well-being; the natural environment; community development; tourism and rural communities; and young people. Many of the findings are of interest to anyone working in youth angling and the report can be downloaded at resources.anglingresearch.org.uk.
The agenda for the workshop was:
Those in attendance at the workshop held in IFI's Swords office on 27 August 2012 are listed below.
Presentation by Mark Corps
At the workshop Mark Corps, IFI, gave a presentation on Angling For Youth Development and outlined how it might be adapted to suit our requirements. This presentation can be seen here.
IFI does not have the resources to fund the delivery of this programme. The hubs must become self sustaining through fund raising and sponsorship. If starting from a zero position (no trained coaches, no angling gear etc) each "hub" will be require around €5,000 to ensure that adequate fishing tackle and training for coaches is available.
The AFYD model most closely matched IFI's objectives. The hubs are operated by volunteers from a diverse cross section of the community, many of whom are passionate anglers. Apart from the community based setting and focus on social responsibility there is also an academic path way which can be adopted to Irish curriculum for HETEC/FETEC awards.
In the UK the AFYD Trust promotes, facilitates, and encourages partnership working between the angling community, the police and public sector agencies in areas where interest has been expressed.
The programme adopted will see local clubs play a major role in ensuring the ongoing participation of new anglers and the infrastructure for continuous learning and competing at local and national levels.
The programme adopted will require the participation of qualified coaches to give a good introduction to Angling and also ensure the safety of the children involved. Each hub would be expected to have at least one qualified coach (Level 2 or equivalent) to act as Team Leader. Coaching Ireland is working with the various Federations and to ensure that the standard of each of the angling coach qualifications available in Ireland at present is consistent with their needs for their sport.
The programme adopted will have clear procedures in place and will include a requirement for reporting on the activities of the local hub.
The hubs will be able to operate as many activities in a year as they can and can also work at involving adults. In many cases working with parents / guardians and young anglers will probably yield more success than working with youths in isolation.
The programme adopted will be free to choose what elements of youth participation they wish to focus on.
The programme adopted will see local hubs to co-ordinate their activities with existing programmes where this makes sense. Such programmes include Something Fishy, Fisheries Awareness Week, Dublin Angling Initiative, Angling For All and other local activities currently run by Garda Youth Diversion Programmes, Youth Clubs, schools and angling clubs.
The programme adopted will be inclusive and have clearly defined disability / accessibility policies and procedures.
The programme adopted will foster good relations with local schools.
The programme adopted will rely heavily on volunteers.