The Angling Trust is now inviting applications from young coarse anglers to enter the 2015/16 England Talent Pathway programme. Talent Pathway events will begin in June and will take place throughout the country providing opportunities in the North, Midlands and Southern regions.
The ten month programme will provide anglers aged 13-17 with the opportunity to enter a high performance training programme, working with some of the best anglers this country has ever produced. Participants will learn how to become better anglers and at the same time will develop an understanding of the skills and attributes required to fish at international level.
Anglers will have the chance to showcase their skills in a series of coaching sessions, then pit their wits against anglers from other areas of the country.
This will happen under the watchful eye of Sensas Team England U18 manager Steve Sanders, with the aim being to get invited to trials for a place in the FIPS-ed World Championships team in 2016.
The 2015 Sensas Team England U18 squad will be made up of three anglers who have participated and progressed through the England Talent Pathway.
The opportunity to work with England’s finest anglers such as Des Shipp, Lee Kerry, Matt Godfrey, Joe Roberts, Callum Dicks among others is definitely an opportunity not to be missed.
Ben Thompson, Angling Trust Talent Development Manager said: “The programme is really gathering momentum and we are excited about the progress being made. In previous Talent Pathways anglers have entered the programme as club anglers and gone on to become fully fledged internationals. Not only that, every angler that enters the programme improves their skills and becomes a better angler.
For those anglers who aspire to fish for England I can think of no better way than to achieve their goal, and for those anglers who just want to become better anglers, the programme will accelerate their learning and undoubtedly help them become the best angler they can be.”
Lee Kerry, Drennan Team England Team member said: “The talent pathway is a fantastic opportunity for young anglers to develop their angling skills, with some of the best in the business involved to mentor participants.
Our aim as coaches is to ensure that all those taking part improve their current level of angling, and continue to progress beyond the programme to become the best they can be. I have no doubt these anglers will become part of our international teams in the future”.
The Angling Trust England Talent Pathway identifies anglers aged 13-17 showing potential. Anglers enter a training programme designed to develop understanding of tactics and techniques required for international style angling.
There are Northern, Midlands and Southern squads in both game and coarse angling and a sea angling programme will be launched in the South for 2014/15.
Anglers interested in getting involved should visit www.anglingtrust.net/talentpathwaycoarse for more information and details of how to apply.
There is a small entry fee of £5 for each event and all participants must be individual members of Angling Trust.
Angling Trust membership is FREE for anyone under 18 years of age and is available online