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.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Pupils from the Malling School in Kent spent an enjoyable November day at Spring Hill Trout Waters in Pembury near Tunbridge Wells with Fishing 4 Schools coaches Bob Goble, Lee Hooper, Julie Wicks and Fishing 4 Schools Director Charles Jardine. 12 students were shown how to tackle up and cast a fly; once students got the hang of it they were let loose on the water. A cooking demonstration by Charles included a session on fish biology, the use of their fins and what components in a trout's body do a specific job and have a function. This was followed by a barbecue prepared by the fishery owners Lee and Jane Green. After lunch it was back to the lake, with students delighted by catching their first fish, with more trout coming to the net. Time was fast approaching to pack up but you could see that students were captivated and wanted to carry on. A fantastic day was had by all, with students keen to try fishing again.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Twenty-eight keen young fishing fans from around the country were celebrated yesterday (27 October 2014) at the Fishing 4 Schools project’s Champions Awards at the House of Commons.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Pupils, from schools as far afield as Wakefield, Kent and West Dorset, joined those from Reading’s John Madejski Academy and Theale Green School for a Fishing 4 Schools open day at Farlows Sportfish in Theale on 7 October.
Friday, 3 October 2014
On Monday 27th October 2014 we will be holding a reception at Parliament to honour the Champions of our Fishing 4 Schools scheme. Youngsters from over 20 schools will descend on Westminster for tea and medals, to be handed out by our Chairman, Kate Hoey MP, and the course Director, Charles Jardine.The teenagers, aged between 14-16, have all completed the short angling course and have been judged by their teachers to have gained the most from the scheme, whether in confidence, positive outlook or ability to socialise. We'll bring you photographs of the event after Monday and look forward to seeing supportive Parliamentarians at the event, including the MPs of some of the schoolchildren.
Friday, 12 September 2014
The final Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland retreat was held at Mount Falcon Estate in Co. Mayo from 12-14 September. The charity, which receives financial backing from the Countryside Alliance, brings together ladies who have, or have had, breast cancer on all all-expenses paid outdoor retreat. Fourteen ladies from as far afield as the Outer Hebrides converged on the beautiful estate near Ballina to learn how to cast a fly line, take part in counselling and medical sessions and make firm friends.Read more
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
An Eggesford couple have presented Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland with a £1000 donation raised by doing conservation work on the Fox & Hounds estate. Geoff and Lyn Farenden were able to present a cheque to Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland’s Sue Shaw to ensure it can hold more of its unique fly fishing and therapy retreats.Read more
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