Phil Crucian Leazes Park

Angling Gold Shines In Shadow of Newcastle FC

Friday 9th June 2017:

Fishing club Angling 4 All took the chance to get involved with the Angling Trust’s “Catch a Crucian” campaign at one of its sessions for disabled anglers at Leazes Park. This Victorian park lake venue sits right in the shadow of Newcastle United’s football ground at St James’ Park.

The fishing coincided with the launch of this year’s Catch a Crucian Month, so naturally the emphasis was on bringing one or two examples of this much loved, gold scaled species to the net.

All expectations were met with Phil, a member of Angling 4 All and a regular at the sessions, bagging his first ever crucian! These wonderful iconic fish are popular among the UK’s angling community who want to protect them and this type of venue, where they thrive.

Carer Angie, who is currently training to teach angling as a Level 1 Angling Coach funded through the Angling Trust’s Angling Improvement Fund, got to grips with a bit of simple whip fishing and shared Phil’s success by landing her first crucian carp too.

Dave Munt a Club and Fishery Development Officer for the Angling Trust helped out on the day and said: “Angling 4 All make a huge difference to the lives of disabled people in the Newcastle area. I always look forward to lending a hand because the club reminds me of the health and wellbeing benefits that fishing brings to so many people. Today’s session, and seeing two new “Crucian Converts” in the making worked out perfectly – these spirited little fish always put a smile on people’s faces!”

Leazes Park is an easily accessible, wheelchair friendly venue operated by Leazes Park Angling Association and the perfect location for Angling 4 All to offer disabled adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy free fishing.

Top class tuition from Angling Trust Licenced Coaches with support from Gateshead Council’s staff, make for a not to be missed weekly fishing date that helps participants of all ages and experience levels get out fishing more often.


Find out more…

Catch a Crucian Month:

The Angling Improvement Fund:

Angling Coaching – Get Qualified:

Angling 4 All videos: and

Leazes Park Angling Association:

Contacts and Pictures:
Dave Munt Club & Fishery Development Officer  (East)
Angling Trust
07854 239 715

Will Smith
Angling Promotion Manager
Angling Trust
07432 426 339

Notes for Editors:

Make contact with your closest Angling Trust Officer for help with projects like this at

For more information about Angling 4 All get in touch with:
John Aisbitt, Angling 4 All Lead Support and Day Care Officer
01914 336 080
Adult Social Care & Independent Living, Gateshead Council at Winlaton Community Base NE21 6BY

Anyone interested in going fishing can find angling events at The events listed are for all participants regardless of age, fitness or previous angling experience.  The Get Fishing campaign is run by the Angling Trust to increase the number of people being introduced to angling across the country. The Angling Trust is the national representative and governing body for angling in England.

The Environment Agency funds the Angling Trust to provide more opportunities for people to go fishing and encourage sales of rod licences. Money from rod licence sales is spent on improving angling habitat and infrastructure through projects like the Angling Improvement Fund.