Angling 4 All is a club for disabled adults run by its members and supported by staff from Gateshead Council. Dave Munt, our Regional Officer for the North East, has been working with the club for 3 years and taking its members fishing in Newcastle where they’ve been catching a variety of fish including cod, whiting and dab – bang in the city centre!
Many of the club’s members have learning or physical disabilities and enduring mental health problems. Angling 4 All is a brilliant way for them to participate in angling on a regular basis, change perceptions sometimes associated with people with disabilities, get out and have fun, meet new friends and be signposted to more angling opportunities if they want to.
Angling 4 All at The Baltic,
Newcastle fishing for cod, whiting & dab
In the winter months the club get together weekly on the River Tyne at the Baltic Arts Centre, Newcastle and passers-by have been astounded that such an accessible angling venue exists right on their doorstep. Because many of the club’s members used to fish before they became ill, they are a great example of how it’s never too late to get back into angling, and with a bit of support from a local fishing club this can easily be made to happen regardless of age or ability.
John Aisbitt at Gateshead Council who works with Dave on the project said:
“Over the past 3 years the Angling Trust has offered Angling 4 All invaluable advice, support and guidance to help move the group forward into the well-established club it is today. Help has been given with accessing funding to kick-start the club as well as guidance and advice to get our staff onto recognised coaching courses. Dave often helps out at club events including angling taster days where people with disabilities have the opportunity to try fishing, take part in friendly competitions and have coached angling sessions. Recently Dave helped out at a taster day at Gateshead Baltic Riverside where 45 young anglers attended, all with disabilities and with the majority being under 20 years old.
Dave is very friendly and approachable, has a wealth of knowledge within the angling world and is always willing to help the club move forward and meet the member’s wishes, dreams and aspirations within angling. We look forward to working with him to help the club reach further heights over the coming months. Thank you to all at the Angling Trust for this ongoing support.”
Angling 4 All Members receiving their
Cast Award Certificates at their
home base at Winlaton, Gateshead
As well as weekly winter sessions on the River Tyne in Newcastle, in the warmer months Angling 4 All has angling events nearby at Leazes Park, Derwent and Fontburn reservoirs.
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For more information about Angling 4 All get in touch with:
John Aisbitt, Angling 4 All Lead Support and Day Care Officer, Gateshead Council
Anyone interested in going fishing can find angling events at getfishing.org.uk The events listed are for all participants regardless of age, fitness or previous angling experience. The Get Out There – 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. www.anglingtrust.net
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. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency