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, 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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Conservationist, angler and author Charles Rangeley-Wilson, writes for our Autumn 2013 magazine about the Wild Trout Trust, the charity he created around his kitchen table which now does such vital work for our waterways. Through Advisory Visits, "Trout in the Town", conservation officers, videos, booklets and an annual conservation award, the Trust is certainly busy, as its website map of projects can attest. Read Charles' article here.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland returned to Kimbridge on the Test in Hampshire at the weekend for a fifth year in a row. This wonderful charity, which the Countryside Alliance has sponsored from day one, offers ladies who have (or have had) breast cancer the chance of a fully funded retreat where counselling and medical support go hand-in-hand with fly fishing tuition, knot tying and entomology.Read more
Friday, 29 June 2012
Teenagers from across England and Wales were honoured at Parliament this week at the inaugural Fishing for Schools Awards. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to three exceptional youngsters.Read more
Friday, 27 April 2012
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner writes: Some readers will have seen that last weekend I was in various newspapers talking about my vision for the Countryside Alliance and British countryside in general. You can read the articles in full by clicking the links at the bottom of this piece, but I wanted to share a couple of the key points that I made in the interview.Read more