9 things you need to know about Fishmark, the Kitemark for Clubs …and now Fisheries TOO!

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We asked James Roche, one of our Partnership Development Managers, why you should forward this page on to your club or fishery and let them know that Fishmark is the way to go!​


My role as Partnership Development Manager for the Angling Trust really focuses on making it as easy as possible for people to get into fishing. Whether it is supporting angling clubs or fisheries to run events or helping them access funding to get some new equipment and tackle, the focus is all about creating more and better opportunities for people to get into the wonderful world of fishing.​


2020 has been a challenging year for a number of reasons but has brought about a fantastic increase in the number of people going fishing. With more young people coming into the sport and families on the bank, it is really is a time to look at whether we are providing the safest environment for everyone to go fishing.

With a big boom in angling numbers this year, more people will be looking for the best clubs and fisheries to join and visit.

To help clubs and fisheries to provide the very best environment for young people to enjoy their angling, the Angling Trust have relaunched our accreditation award ‘Fishmark’.

Fishmark accreditation is awarded to clubs and fisheries that have shown their commitment to providing a safe, inclusive place for anyone to get fishing. It acts as a kind of “Kitemark“, highlighting the very best clubs and fisheries to parents in particular but, more widely, anyone looking to get into fishing.

The process of becoming “Fishmarked” is pretty straightforward – however, the Get Fishing team is here to help your club or fishery with every step of the process.

Getting accredited is a great way to raise the profile of your club or fishery and really showcase your commitment to providing the very best place for young people to get into fishing.

But, you might be asking… why should your clubs or fishery register to become Fishmark accredited?

We’ve put together 9 reasons why your club or fishery should get involved:

  1. Fishmark is the Angling Trust’s national accreditation scheme for clubs and fisheries.
  2. Once accredited your organisation will be provided with Fishmark branding to use on your website, social media pages and venues.
  3. It is completely FREE to register and get help.
  4. Fisheries can now become Fishmark accredited too, not just clubs.
  5. It’s open to coarse, sea or game angling clubs or fisheries.
  6. Parents that see you have Fishmark accreditation will know you provide the very best, safe environment for their children to go fishing.
  7. It’s a simple, straight forward process to work through and your local Get Fishing Officer will be on hand to help you at every step.
  8. Promotion – we want to promote the best places that people can get into fishing. We’ll be sure to give your club or fishery additional promotion on our Get Fishing social media pages and map a getfishing.org.uk.
  9. Getting Fishmark means:
  • more professional management of the organisation
  • support to develop a modern, quality assured organisation
  • improved integration between the organisation and the local schools and community
  • increased publicity and coverage in press, websites and local media
  • increased membership levels of both adults and juniors
  • improved availability and quality of coaches, and coaching
  • more and better recognition and support from your Active Partnership, local authorities and schools
  • higher profile of the organisation within the local community

To sum it all up, Fishmark is the perfect scheme for any club or fishery that wants to demonstrate their commitment to providing a child friendly, safe environment to go fishing.

Thanks,

James
James Roche

Partnership Development Manager (North and East)
Angling Trust
james.roche@anglingtrust.net
07791 786 251
@JamesRocheAT

For more info and details on how your club or fishery can get involved, please contact James for a friendly chat!
07791 786251.



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ukzero1

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Will inform the angling club about this. Thank you. :upthumb:
 

crag

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We did clubmark to help source funding, but never came across any 'grant givers' that had ever heard of it, never mind parents
 

mike fox

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Just another AT marketing gimmick doomed to fail in my opinion. You may get a handful of clubs taking it up but the idea will be shelved, archived and forgotten about shortly. Come on AT, get your marketing act together and get down to some grass root networking and less of the IT nonsense.
 

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Some years ago we "Chapeltown & district AA" attained the Club mark accreditation status I believe we were the first club in Yorkshire to attain this it was far from easy. however we got a £30,000 from Sport England part of a bigger funding pot,30,000 clubs applied for funds from this 300 were successful we were one of them a lot of our application was based around the work we did which was part of the clubmark criteria,got to think this played a very big role in getting it.
 

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Some years ago we "Chapeltown & district AA" attained the Club mark accreditation status I believe we were the first club in Yorkshire to attain this it was far from easy. however we got a £30,000 from Sport England part of a bigger funding pot,30,000 clubs applied for funds from this 300 were successful we were one of them a lot of our application was based around the work we did which was part of the clubmark criteria,got to think this played a very big role in getting it.
You from Chapletown Warden ? I used to fish for Chapletown many years ago when a very nice gentleman called Max Dolby was alive. I wonder if his old shop is still a tackle shop ?
 

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Yes i have been part of the club around 15 years? CDAA. some good photo's and videos of Westwood CDAA now run Westwood Newbiggin Howbrook and the Nancy pond.
Below are taken off other sites so could be in wrong order,
I have been told max Dolby sold the shop to Lawrence Richardson?(another lovely man) he after many years sold the tackle shop in chapeltown which ran as Bagup angling'
Many years ago was called max dolbys, then I believe Steve Gregory and John Brookes then took it on:) it moved across the road as rent was cheaper
finished up becoming a bait company online only.

 

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Some years ago we "Chapeltown & district AA" attained the Club mark accreditation status I believe we were the first club in Yorkshire to attain this it was far from easy. however we got a £30,000 from Sport England part of a bigger funding pot,30,000 clubs applied for funds from this 300 were successful we were one of them a lot of our application was based around the work we did which was part of the clubmark criteria,got to think this played a very big role in getting it.
I would very much doubt if the Club Mark accreditation had a lot to do with your club's success. Funding stakeholders are only interested in the project's criteria and sustainability of meeting their stringent requirements. A major factor in success is how the project funding application is set out by the applicant, so all credit should go to the person/persons that administered the funding application of your project The Club Mark is only recognised by the AT. It may have ticked one small box, but that is all.
 

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Thank you for those kind words Mike it was all done by me.lol.
"Clubmark is Sport England's national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management."
When we did it it had about 16 standards that had to be met each one requiring seceral actions each to meet it, it was not easy to achieve.
our application was based on work that was needed at our venues to help us continue keeping up the high standards that we had achieved as a club we were one of only a few angling clubs with clubmark at the time ,the funding was being run by sports England we were one of a few angling clubs to have it,I believe it helped us no end, should also point out we had help from the AT and the EA in our applications as well as many others,which we are very grateful for.I found out we had got the grant on the day the Olympic torch was being carried through Chapeltown got a text about 5 mins after i had seen it days don't get much better than that.
 

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Thank you for those kind words Mike it was all done by me.lol.
"Clubmark is Sport England's national accreditation scheme for high quality community sports clubs and stands for higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management."
When we did it it had about 16 standards that had to be met each one requiring seceral actions each to meet it, it was not easy to achieve.
our application was based on work that was needed at our venues to help us continue keeping up the high standards that we had achieved as a club we were one of only a few angling clubs with clubmark at the time ,the funding was being run by sports England we were one of a few angling clubs to have it,I believe it helped us no end, should also point out we had help from the AT and the EA in our applications as well as many others,which we are very grateful for.I found out we had got the grant on the day the Olympic torch was being carried through Chapeltown got a text about 5 mins after i had seen it days don't get much better than that.

I agree with everything you have said here. I find that usually the people who question and belittle the efforts of the AT do little to help out the club and volunteer structure in the UK and are more interested in their own angling requirements.
 

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Yes though there are some who feel the AT did not help thier cause but the reality is they cannot do everything.
 

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When I embarked on my club's project the AT showed no interest in it whatsoever and I received no help and support at all so I went about securing funding myself. I managed to get £100,000 in total from the EA, The Big Lottery Fund and other local funders. On completion the project was nominated for an environmental award by the stakeholders and the AT were invited to attend the Grand Opening but declined saying they had no body available. The venue was opened by our local MP and received huge local publicity and acclaim. I think it was a shame the AT missed out on such an opportunity. I have followed their marketing strategy since then and strongly believe they continue to fail in this area.
 

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My main club Wybunbury Angling Association has just been awarded the Fishmark accreditation by the Angling Trust.
A big well done to all the hard work undertaken to achieve this.
 
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