In March, Daniel Williams from the Angling Trust came to Seaford College to meet the school’s fly-fishing coach, Steve Batten, and discuss the talent pathway process, which aims to get young people into fly fishing and progressing to being selected for the England Loch-Style Fishing team.
Pupils were introduced to Daniel, who spoke to them about their fishing knowledge and watched them fish at the lake in Botany Bay. He invited our students to attend an assessment day at Meon Springs and was very complimentary about the skills and understanding displayed by the students. Year 11 pupil Josef Amin went on to attend the assessment day, fishing very well and enjoying the experience.
The next angling trip was a day at Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire. This was a pairs competition, which offered a different fishing experience for both Josef and Steve Batten, who found the conditions difficult, especially fishing from a concrete bank instead of the grassy lake and river banks they are used to.
The next date in the talent pathway calendar is the boot camp at Farmoor on the evenings of June 3, 4 and 5. Daniel and Steve also plan to stage a ‘get people back to fishing’ event at the College in the near future.