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Project information

Fishing For Schools

Fishing for Schools is a short angling course that has been purpose built to offer skills and confidence to young people. We work with teachers and schools to both motivate and enthuse young people to re-engage in their learning and learn new skills.

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Charity information: The Countryside Alliance Foundation

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  • Need


    Each year 35,000 young people in the UK leave school without qualifications or skills. Providing young people with the most appropriate support so that they are given the best opportunity to achieve their potential is vital’


    We have taken angling into schools to help youngsters realise their potential. Our belief is that education should be fun and inspirational. Fishing for Schools broadens skills and confidence; it fills the gap between fun and academia and offers students an alternative route to learning. The programme assists teachers delivering the Awards Scheme Development Accreditation Network (ASDAN) course and the National Open College Network Step-up course.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Inspire youngsters to re-engage in their studies, enhance their understanding of the natural world.


    » Run 30 + courses per annum at a wide range of educational facilities including pupil referral units, special schools and special needs classes.
    » Work closely with individual schools to ensure each course meets the ability and needs of the school and young people.

    What success will look like

    Success will be delivering the course to 350+ young people of various educational ability and needs, having involved 30 schools in the project annually.

  • Impact


    The course will re-engage a group of youngsters in their studies, help individuals develop a new found confidence in their abilities and provide vital life skills, leading to significant improvements in self-esteem.

    We will demonstrate the success of the project by monitoring and recording the number of schools and young people participating in the programme and gain feedback from participating schools, to measure the effect of the course on a class of students.


    A risk is that we do not have sufficient numbers of instructors in a region/area to enable us to deliver the course to schools/centres. We will however ensure there is teaching capacity before committing to deliver a course at a new school.


    Donors will receive a progress report annually detailing the number of schools participated over the 12 month period, a summary of the impact of the course on youngsters, details of forthcoming courses and a schedule of course delivery.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £127,710

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      Amount Heading Description
      £45,720 Course structuring x 3 years Course planning, preliminary meetings with schools and local education authorities; fishery visits
      £57,330 Course delivery x 3 years Delivering 4/5 sessions per course, instructors, equipment and venue hire
      £10,980 Course follow-up x 3 years Reviewing activities, course feedback; continued liaison with schools
      £13,680 Admin x 3 years Responding to school enquiries, arranging preliminary meetings, liaising with instructors.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Charitable trusts £10,000 Guaranteed
    Individual donors £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Fishing for Schools is delivered to schools throughout England and Wales including Northern England, South West England, South East and the Midlands.

    The geographic location will vary according to the schools participating in the initiative each year. Past courses have taken place in Cumbria, Northumberland, Yorkshire, County Durham, Dorset, Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Avon, Somerset, Gwent, Swansea, Sussex, Kent and Birmingham.


    Young people will have the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new confidence in their ability. The initiative will also run in special schools and educational facilities supporting young people with physical disabilities and a variety of educational needs including ADHD and Autism.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully delivered the initiative to 30 + schools in England and Wales over the last six years and have developed a structured course programme that meets the needs of teachers and youngsters. More and more schools are becoming aware of the programme and we have built an excellent reputation for the standard of course delivery and care to students.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charles Jardine

    The initiative is led by world renowned fly fisherman, Charles Jardine, who works tirelessly to deliver the programme to disadvantaged young people.