Developing the Sport of Angling in Ireland
We recognise the importance of development in our sport and work closely with our partners the Irish Sports Council, the Angling Council of Ireland, Coaching Ireland and Sports NI to support all initiatives and introduce new.
A recent joint funding application by the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation and the Ulster Angling Federation (game angling) has created the new role of a Sports Development Officer for Angling in Northern Ireland supporting the development of our sport over the next three years.
On December 4th Minister Michael Ring awarded the Angling Council of Ireland €50,000 for the purchase of tackle and equipment in support of the coaching education of juniors and vulnerable adults in our sport. Our partnership with the Irish Sports Council was instrumental in securing this funding of which €20,000 will be assigned to coarse angling.
Coaching the individual to support others
Express your passion for angling and become actively involved in the development of others. Coaching to improve people’s enjoyment and their health and well-being as well as your own. Coaching is rewarding!
Introducing novices and juniors to the sport
We run national events specifically for juniors including novice categories where our trained coaches provide advice and support. We encourage newcomers to angling running a successful Schools Competition in Northern Ireland and even a three day summer school during the holidays.
Something for everyone
New for 2014 was the introduction of the NCFFI Predator Club formed to bring on board different disciplines in coarse angling and to capture the immensely popular method of lure angling. Providing for the first time the opportunity for Predator anglers to represent Ireland at international events with the formation of the NCFFI Predator Team Ireland.
Identifying and mentoring members to represent Ireland on the world stage
All members and members of clubs, senior and junior have the opportunity to progress to international level. We identify participants with potential by observing at national events and provide a pathway of competition angling at club, provincial and national level.
In November 2014 Brenton Sweeney, Ireland Feeder Team Manager formed the NCFFI Feeder Development Squad as a stepping stone for those anglers who wish to improve their skills fishing alongside the team during practice sessions and other events.
The NCFFI is experienced in developing access to fishing for its members working alongside our partners. At the most basic level we supply clubs and members with Public liability letters of indemnity for fishery owners. These are supplied by our Insurance Brokers to named owners. Owners such as Waterways Ireland, ESB, and IFI have been satisfied by these letters as well as funders like local councils and LEADER partnerships.
At the next level up NCFFI has negotiated and supported management agreements on fisheries between owners and local clubs. These have given clubs significant levels of control while ensuring owners have a say in the running of the fisheries.
Beyond this we have negotiated leasing of fisheries for our clubs. These leases give a great deal of control over to the clubs and may be essential for funding to improve the resources.
If you have a venue that would benefit by development or just needs opening up to anglers, contact us and we can help facilitate.
Take a look at some recently developed fisheries here
NCFFI Policy for Coarse Angling
In January 2015 our executive committee presented to the Inland Fisheries board the NCFFI Policy for Coarse Angling. The policy published below focuses on the future of coarse and predator angling as our sport and recreational activity and includes the following;
Stock Control – the introduction of Catch & Release to coarse angling nationwide including an option on addressing the use of Keepnets to fight poaching, cormorant control and fish movement mechanisms for game fishery control.
Fishery Development – the provision of open and easy access for all and the elevation of existing protocols to deal with anti social behaviour.
Funding – our full support of an anglers contribution with the introduction of a Coarse Angling Development and Conservation Stamp.
Click here to view or download the published document