Engaging Children in Angling Sport
Introducing junior orientated clubs makes way for more involvement for juveniles and youths. The NCFFI in conjunction with the Dublin Angling Initiative has previously welcomed juniors to a stand at the Irish Angling Expo in Dublin where they were introduced to live fish species and bait in a fun and educational way. A number of lucky juniors were awarded with a day’s coaching at Gaulmoylestown Lake in May a fun day which was enjoyed by all.
Both the Waterways Ireland Schools Competition in Northern Ireland and summer schools on the Erne attract junior anglers old and new.
Dedicated NCFFI events to include the annual ‘All-Ireland’ plus Canal and Feeder competitions provide juniors with all abilities the opportunity to compete. These events are particularly well attended by novices with the support of our coached members on the bank.
The NCFFI also has Junior Teams representing Ireland at International level.
Angling for Youth Development Ireland
Working with Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI the AFYD programme will strive toward a sustainable culture of inclusivity and angling excellence, enabling the personal development of young people through the sport of angling.
AFYDI is not just about fishing as a sport. It can help address many other issues and act as a springboard to channel young people into new experiences and opportunities. Angling in all its forms is a great leveller, because it builds bridges across social and economic divides. It can help develop a young person’s motivation, skills, self-confidence, social care, personal enterprise, and promote physical exercise and good health. It can also lead to the development of a more responsible lifestyle. It is a useful educational tool, in that the sport calls for knowledge of science, geology, geography, natural and social history. It can provide employment opportunities and assist in a community’s economic growth. Angling can also address social problems by reducing crime, truancy and anti-social behaviour, thereby helping to create safer and more caring communities. It can be a positive, pro-active, and creative force for the improvement of both our social and natural environments.
If you would like to be involved visit the AFYDI website here
Good Practice for Children’s Sport
The NCFFI, it’s clubs and members will at all times show respect and understanding, conducting themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the organisation and the guidelines contained in the code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland.
View or download document here