Engaging Children in Angling Sport
The introduction of two new junior clubs in 2014 makes way for more involvement for juveniles and youths. the NCFFI in conjunction with the Dublin Angling Initiative welcomed juniors to the stand at the Irish Angling Expo in Dublin. Here juniors 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 hosted by our provincial council the Ulster Coarse fishing Federation had it’s best attendance ever when held on the Lower River Bann this year and the annual Erne Anglers Summer School in August attracted junior anglers old and new.
Dedicated NCFFI events to include the annual Junior Canals and ‘All Ireland’ 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.
In December 2014 Minister Michael Ring awarded the Angling Council of Ireland with a €50,000 fund fto invest in tackle and safety equipment for our juniors. €20,000 will be allocated to the NCFFI for coarse angling and in conjunction with the ACI we now have the resources to drive a comprehensive programme for novice anglers. This programme will be delivered through AFYDI (Angling For Youth Development Ireland) and strategy meetings with our partners are scheduled.
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
The NCFFI in conjunction with the ACI is at the forefront of child protection. Our chairman Der Casey is the designated signatory for Garda Vetting which has been made available free of charge and recommended to all our members. All our clubs have an appointed Children’s Officer under good practice for angling sport. With angling recognised as a national sport by Sports NI and the imminent appointment of a Sports Development Officer in Northern Ireland we expect to engage similar policies in Northern Ireland.
View or download the adopted Child Protection policy here