Getting kids involved

Dave Spence

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Back in 2011/2012 I organised annual fishing matches with my school against the local grammar. These events were a tremendous success but, unfortunately, when I left no one was prepared to carry them on. I have now gone full circle, I am working for said grammar and I made enquiries if my old school would be up for a challenge again. My old school has been taken over by an academy and they do not allow anything of this nature; I have decided, therefore, to try and arrange an 'in house' match between the 4 houses in the school. It is very early days and I don't yet know if we even have any anglers in the school. Assuming that we do, it still depends on whether I can bully/cajole enough of my colleagues to give up a Saturday to help supervise and that the head agrees the risk assessment that I will have to write.

That's enough of the background; the point of the post is, I am wondering if any of my fellow Drowners have any contacts in the trade who might be willing to donate something I could use as prizes on the day. As I said it all may come to nothing but I would love to see 24 of my students battling it out on the banks, and being able to offer a prize would be the icing on the cake. The previous matches contested a cup that was donated by the local fishery, unfortunately, this cup was held by my old school when I left, no one seems to know of its whereabouts and I can't really ask the fishery to donate another.
 

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Sounds like a great idea, I’d have loved to go fishing with school!
I have loads of pics from the original outings but I don't know where I stand, legally, so I am unable to post them on here. What I will say is that; some of the worst behaved kids in the school were in my team yet they all acted like angels on the bank. A member of the public, who was pleasure fishing on the day of one of the matches, actually wrote to the school enthusing about how nice it was to fish in the company of such polite well mannered young people. That made my day; there's definitely something about our sport which brings out the best in people.(y)(y)(y)
 

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Good luck with it sir. I get my class down to the local lake when i can on a saturday morning as part of the local angling club. The thought of an inter-school comp is fantastic.
 

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With planning, you could take it up a notch and take on other schools if the interest is there...Just a thought.
 

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UKZ has just cleared that up, I am a qualified NFA coach but I got that in the 90's (no idea of any level) and I am a PGCE (Maths specialism) holder with full DBS clearance.
 

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Shame, if you had L2 under your belt you would find it a doddle to get schools involved with your idea. The LEA insist on you being registered with the governing body (AT) with DBS First Aid, Safeguarding Young People certs and Liability Insurance.
 

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Obviously not then :D If you were a Level 2 Coach you could get on your LEA as a registered school coach and that way you could get into all the schools in your area.
When I first started the matches, the local paper did the kids a great write up and I always got them to include a line extending an invitation to other schools in the area to contact me if they wished to compete in the following years match. Unfortunately no one took up the offer, it seems most schools either don't have anglers amongst the staff or they are too 'target driven' by OFSTED to sanction anything other than study.:cry:
 

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Shame, if you had L2 under your belt you would find it a doddle to get schools involved with your idea. The LEA insist on you being registered with the governing body (AT) with DBS First Aid, Safeguarding Young People certs and Liability Insurance.
I have everything bar the AT registration, however I am no longer looking to involve other schools, this is just an 'in house' competition.
 

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What a shame Dave. Like you I am not a 'number 2' either. I objected. I have my dbs, level 1 angling and lots of enthusiasm. If that is not enough the so be it.
Not sure where you are based but the set up in Immingham is worth a look. A more natural lake needing a variety of methods.
 

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That's the first hurdle over; I had a word with the headmaster yesterday and he is all for it, I just need to wait until the school reopens next week, to see if...1) there are enough anglers amongst the kids and....2) if they are interested in a match.

I am really hoping that, provided it goes ahead, this match is a success as I would like it prompt others in the school to 'have a go', if we only get 1 or 2 kids, who have never fished, interested then it will have been worthwhile.

I am already absolutely blown away by the generosity of some of the members on here, we really do have some great people(y)(y)(y)
 
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