Youth Team Managers Required

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from experienced anglers to lead our Youth Teams to the World Stage in 2018 and beyond.

The current Youth Team Manager, Jack Tisdall will present the teams at the World Youth Angling Championships on Inniscarra Lake this August but his term comes to an end at the end of the year when he will retire from the role. We have therefore taken the opportunity to review the set-up and believe it would be more beneficial for our junior anglers to have a dedicated Manager/Coach for each age group U15, U20 and U25’s.

It’s desirable for applicants to have an understanding of our sport at International level but not essential as you will have the full support of the National Executive and Senior Team Managers. You should hold a coaching certification or be prepared to train and pass Garda Vetting/Access NI checks and will be required to attend meetings, seek sponsorship and submit reports and accounts. This is a volunteer role but finances permitting, overseas team travel is subsidised. Assistance with logistics and administration can be provided by the executive if required. The appointed managers will have full autonomy within the protocols of the NCFFI.

If you think you have what it takes and want to get involved in the future development of our Youth anglers please contact our chairman Der Casey at or tel: 086 056 8430. Interested parties are invited to attend the first round of the qualifiers to be held on the Newry Canal 24/25 June.

The three new Managers would be expected to attend the World Youth Championships in Coachford to oversee the set-up as well as attend the final trials on 16/17 September to select the 2018 teams. Closing date for applications is 31st July.

Predator Team Ireland manager Tomek Kurman reports on the recent lure angling championships in Italy.

 “So, we are back from the 15th FIPS-ed Carnivorous Artificial bait Shore Angling World Championships in Italy. It is a beautiful part of the world with snowy mountains, great forests and crystal clear ice cold rivers.  The River Noce and Vermigliana Stream were the two rivers chosen for the competition both extremely fast flowing waters and conditions we are not used to.  The same river has been used for World Rafting Championships in the past and it was by the far the hardest venue we have experienced. After 2 days in training we knew that competing against the teams who were familiar with the conditions was going to be very tough and we could only but try our best achieving 15th position and last only for Germany. Well done to our top rod Jacek Gorny who managed a healthy 20th place individually and to the rest of the team Lindsay McFadden, David Bowles, Colin Rutherford and Andrew Powell for their attitude throughout and desire to improve & learn.  We were rising at 5am for training and stayed on another two days to take advantage of the venue and gain as much experience as possible for the future so we can stand against those who are currently best in the world.

As predicted the home team were victorious, with the top four individual anglers and taking Team Gold and proved they were way beyond reach for even the reigning world champions, and world class lure team, Slovakia who finished in third.  Ukraine were second.  An outstanding performance from all!

I would like to thank our team delegate- Steven Powell, who was a great help at Captains meetings and for on the spot issues on the ground and to the NCFFI for making the trip possible, without their financial and logistical support we would never have these opportunities.  Finally, thank you to our sponsors Duo Hook, Costa and Vass Waders & Rainwear for their continued support in keeping us equipped for the championships.”