With the welcome announcement that the NCFFI have been awarded the honour of hosting the World Youth Angling Championships on the prolific Inniscarra Lake in County Cork next year Ireland’s Youth Team Manager has announced dates for the qualifying events.
Recent changes to FIPS-ed, the World’s sporting body for competition freshwater fishing, rules around the age categories, narrows the gap between the youth and senior teams increasing the age limit for the Under 23’s to 25 and will allow the more senior youth anglers to continue to fish at international level before progressing as seniors. With the event on home waters Ireland will be fielding teams in all categories Under 15, Under 20 and Under 25 and all interested anglers are welcome to apply.
Jack Tisdall, Youth Team Manager says:- “I am delighted that the NCFFI will have the opportunity to host the 2017 Youth World Championships, one of the biggest events in the FIPS-ed calendar on home soil. Inniscarra is a fantastic venue and we expect the visiting teams to experience some of the best fishing and hospitality they have ever encountered at a World Championship event. We now have a massive challenge ahead in order to field teams in each of the three age groups for the first time. As usual I expect our organisation will to rise to the occasion and the event will be a resounding success.”
Four qualifying events will take place on the Coachford Greenway, Ireland’s only World class standard angling venue developed for the Feeder World Championships in 2014. Aside from the fabulous silver fish angling on Inniscarra Lake the venue provides a safe and secure environment for junior anglers. The competitions to select the teams will take place over two weekends 25/26 June and 18/19 September and will be supervised by Angling Council certified angling coaches and support staff. Further to the adoption of new protocols at the recent AGM the best results from 3 out of the 4 matches will select the teams for the U15 and U20 levels. The U25’s are invited to take part in the qualifiers but with the team selection similar to that of the Senior Float Team. Other anglers will be selected to support the teams during the championships and there will be an opportunity for junior anglers to get involved as stewards providing them with close access to the worlds top youth anglers, a learning experience in itself. The village of Coachford provides a range of competitively priced accommodation providing facilities for the anglers and conveniently located close to the Greenway, for those travelling across Ireland to take part.
To take part juniors need to be members of a club affiliated to the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, available to spend a week on the venue in August 2017 and attend practise sessions throughout the year.
For more details and to download an application form click here