Fishing for Schools is an exciting project from The Foundation. We teach young people the unique skills of fly fishing and offer them a gateway into the natural world. Run by world famous angler Charles Jardine and his dedicated team, the mission is simple – to educate and enhance young lives. The programme offers a short-course for children, often with special educational needs, between the ages of 14 and 16 who often find academic work particularly difficult but respond well to alternative learning. The programme works with courses run by accredited ASDAN, COPE and NOCN schemes giving real qualifications and social value. The ASDAN Award Scheme operates in several thousand schools and other educational centres – it is listed as one of the few major routes for developing and accrediting wider key skills. The course contributes to the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, which is a GCSE alternative for many children. The results are exceptional - self-esteem, confidence and enjoyment have all been boosted by this programme, and Charles Jardine's post-bag is full of "thank you" letters and pictures (including the picture above).
“Congratulations to The Countryside Alliance Foundation because Fishing for Schools is a brilliant way to help disadvantaged children – it really can make a difference”
The Countryside Alliance Foundation is a founding donor of Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, a unique and wonderful charity which provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather on retreat in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing. Just as importantly, the retreats offer an opportunity to meet new friends, network, exchange information, and have fun. Weekend retreats incorporate advice, educational services and relaxation techniques. The retreats are delivered by trained facilitators including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional (e.g. physiotherapist, nurse), as well as qualified fly fishing instructors and fishing guides.
Fishing 4 Schools is on Facebook here
Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland is on Facebook here.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
The Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland charity, of which the Countryside Alliance is a founding donor, returned to Kimbridge on the Test for its sixth annual retreat. The ladies certainly seemed to enjoy the experience as this blog by Anne, a volunteer tells us, observing, "Kimbridge lived up to its name as one of the foremost fly fishing location in the UK with the finest fighting fish."
Thursday, 24 July 2014
The end of the school year has been a busy time for Fishing 4 Schools coach, John Blewitt. Based in Yorkshire, John and the team have delivered the programme to schools in Holmfirth, Sheffield, Rotherham and Wakefield. Recent schools include Forge Valley Community School in Sheffield (pupils pictured). Forge Valley is a typical inner city school but is set in beautiful countryside and close to the Peak District. The fishing is always the highlight of the workshops and this course proved no exception to the rule. In June Fishing 4 Schools visited Notre Dame School in Sheffield. The course was highly successful, with a quote from one student summarising the programme: “these were the best alternative curriculum days we have had.”
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Please spare a moment to view the fantastic film of students from Newman School in Rotherham enjoying a day’s fishing with Fishing 4 schools coach John Blewitt earlier this month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESb0L1VRzu4&feature=youtu.be
Sunday, 20 July 2014
The prestigious Arthur Oglesby Award was presented to Charles Jardine at this year’s CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Sunday 20 July. The highly coveted award is given to individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to the sport of fishing and who have made a particular impact in the last year. Past winners include household names such as Bernard Cribbins, Sandy Leventon and Andy Murray.Read more
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Ladies who have, or have had, breast cancer are invited to apply to attend a Casting for Recovery retreat to be held in the grounds of the beautiful Mount Falcon Country Estate near Ballina, Co Mayo. Click here to apply.Read more
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Children from six Oxfordshire schools enjoyed some fishy fun at Farmoor Reservoir yesterday (30 April) at an event run jointly by Fishing 4 Schools, The Angling Trust and Thames Water.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Casting for Recovery UK and Ireland and Fishing for Schools, two of The Countryside Alliance Foundation's (TCAF) flagship projects, have been featured in the Countryside Alliance's Spring magazine. TCAF's Falconry for Schools project is also featured in the article which updates supporters on what each project will do in 2014 and how our countryside is both a classroom and a place of healing.Read more
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the unique outdoor-based programme specifically designed for women who have, or have had, breast cancer, has revealed its 2014 programme of retreats and is inviting patients to apply for a place. The Kimbridge-on-the-Test retreat will be held from 25-27 July and the team will be at Mount Falcon from 12-14 September. Read on to apply.Read more
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Fishing 4 Schools Director Charles Jardine writes: I was so tempted to place that resonant and caustic sentiment that dogged my fledgling school reports : Could try harderWorse: This pupil is under achieving. That is certainly not the case with Fishing 4 Schools. 2013 marked yet another extraordinary year for this angling initiative from The Countryside Alliance Foundation. We are now operating, in some form or another, at 40 schools nationally. That means we have a constant development programme reaching out to over 400 students, possibly more during the course of this year. It is a staggering achievement and statistic that everyone within in the Countryside Alliance can take credit for. Everyone has played their part, everyone.Read more
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Fishing 4 Schools Director Charles Jardine receives numerous "thank you" cards and pictures from those who have participated in the programme. Charles recently had a number of cards thanking him for a recent open day at Meon Springs Fishery in Hampshire. Letters from the youngsters included "I had never been fishing before and I am lucky to have had the chance to do it" and "I caught a fish first time, which made me feel excited and very happy. I enjoyed watching the chef cooking the trout in different ways.....It was very kind of you and the Countryside Alliance to let us come. I will remember it".Read more