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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”
Robson Green, actor and presenter of Channel Five’s Extreme Fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Charles Jardine honoured at CLA Game Fair

Tuesday, 22 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.

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Apply to attend a fly fishing retreat on the beautiful Mount Falcon estate

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.

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Youngsters catch the fishing bug at Farmoor Reservoir day

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.
The youngsters, from Springfield Special School, Mabel Pritchard Special School, The Marlborough School, St Gregory the Great, Chilworth House and the HF Trust, took part in bug hunting, fly tying, fly casting and fly fishing, then learnt all about the reservoir with the Thames Water Education team, finishing up with a cookery demo with fish biology thrown in.
Charles Jardine of Fishing 4 Schools said: “It was inspirational to bring fishing to such a diverse group of people of all abilities and backgrounds who had never even thought of trying fishing before. Everyone took part, including the teachers and carers.”

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Casting for Recovery & Fishing 4 Schools in magazine feature

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. 

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Casting for Recovery's retreats in 2014 are now open to applications

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.

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Charles Jardine is on a mission for fishing

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.

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Charlie Jardine's "thank you" mail from youngsters proves F4S success

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".

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Fishing For Schools launches £380,000 fundraising campaign

Friday, 27 September 2013

Nearly £60,000 was raised for the Fishing For Schools (F4S) campaign by “fishy goings on” in Wiltshire last weekend.

 F4S, run by the Countryside Alliance’s Charlie Jardine, is a programme that uses angling as a teaching tool for secondary school pupils, to explore core subjects like maths, English and natural sciences while getting them involved in a new hobby.

 However F4S is so popular that the number of schools applying to take part outstrips availability, so a campaign was launched this month (September) to raise £380,000, enough to sustain the charity and help it grow over the next three years.

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Our Fishing 4 Schools programme features in the Daily Telegraph

Saturday, 21 September 2013

On 21st September the Daily Telegraph published a feature on The Countryside Alliance Foundation's Fishing 4 Schools initiative, joining youngsters on a course at Meon Springs in Hampshire and hearing about the benefits, fun and magic of the programme which gives youngsters an opportunity to get out of the classroom and onto our waterways. Read the piece, "Fishing for Schools: how to get kids hooked on learning" here.

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Welsh angling community comes together to discuss access to waterways

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Countryside Alliance, supported by the Angling Trust, rallied landowners, riparian owners and anglers from across Wales at the Royal Welsh Showground on Sunday 15th September for a meeting to discuss the Welsh Government’s review on increasing access to land and water.

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