Young anglers – have your say on the future of fishing

Are you a member of a junior club? Do you take part in fishing competitions? Have you been through a fishing project? Have you done fishing in school? What do you get out of fishing?

Are you a member of a junior club? Do you take part in fishing competitions? Have you been through a fishing project? Have you done fishing in school? What do you get out of fishing?

A national angling survey is calling on young people to share their experiences of fishing, as part of new research looking at the health, wellbeing and educational benefits of angling for youngsters.

The online survey asks people aged 18 or under why they go fishing, how angling can be improved for young people and how fishing has helped them.

Youngsters can submit their stories which will later appear on a ‘wall’ within the angling research website, explaining how fishing has affected their lives.

Initial research by social research co-operative Substance, shows that angling is well suited to help underachieving young people – boosting their confidence, re-engaging them with learning and challenging anti-social behaviour.

In addition to surveying young people, Substance have launched a second questionnaire for angling organisations, schools, community groups and youth inclusion projects that are using angling to engage youngsters.

This questionnaire aims to analyse the range of positive work being done through angling across the UK. Substance wants to build a comprehensive picture of angling’s youth offer, identifying best practice, informing education, health and social policy and making the case for future funding for angling projects.

In addition to the online surveys, researchers are visiting angling projects, such as Get Hooked On Fishing and angling activities across the country to interview young people and youth workers.

The research is part of a three year research programme looking at the Community and Social Benefits of Angling, led by Substance and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

To contribute to either survey visit www.anglingresearch.org.uk/youngpeople

Media Enquiries: Rowan Atkins M: 07834 158 725 E: rowan@rowanatkins.co.uk

Notes to editors

‘The Social and Community Benefits of Angling’
This 3-year research project by Substance, funded by the Big Lottery Fund (www.anglingresearch.org.uk), is a major, new research programme on the social and community benefits of angling. The research will be carried out by Substance, a social research cooperative, and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund research grant from January 2009 – January 2012. The research will investigate the roles angling can play for those who participate in it, young people and the communities in which it takes place.

Why Is the Research Needed?
Millions of people go fishing, but not much is widely known about the activity in terms of the particular benefits individuals, young people and local communities can get from it. There have been some big claims made about angling – that it has a range of benefits for participants (including health, volunteering, socialisation); that it can help young people in terms of education and social inclusion; and that it can help develop rural communities and local environments. Yet the evidence base for this work is underdeveloped and organisations involved, as well as policymakers, need more research to understand, develop and maximise angling’s profile. Those representing angling need such information to help ‘make the case’ for public and government support.

The project will work closely with angling and community organisations and charities, policymakers and anglers to help address gaps in knowledge and provide evidence of angling’s role to help influence changes in policy as well as highlight best practice.

www.anglingresearch.org.uk

Media Enquiries: Rowan Atkins M: 07834 158 725 E: rowan@rowanatkins.co.uk