A group of young people in Wigton recently celebrated their angling achievements at a presentation evening held at Wigton Youth Station.
The project has been running for some 5 years with Carlisle not for profit company Borderlines providing expert angling tuition for the youngsters and Wigton Youth Station providing a home for the fishing club. Over the last year 46 young people between the ages of 11 and 21 have taken part in the project assisted by Cumbria Community Foundation and funded by grants from the High Sheriffs Fund, the Quarry Hill Grassroots Grants and the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust. By introducing these youngsters to structured activity, and informal learning; Borderlines have built anticipation and knowledge using angling as a “hook” these young people have become involved and want to learn more. They have achieved success in angling and with that has come an improvement in their outlook and attitude to everyday life. They have caught fish and gone home feeling good, they realise that they can catch fish and want to learn more, without even realising it they’ve entered a learning experience that if presented formally in a classroom they would have rebelled against. On Wednesday of this week Borderlines assisted the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust during a Family Fishing Day in Dock Park in Dumfries.
Borderlines gave tuition to participants wanting to try their hand at different types of fishing. As well as fly and bait casting there were also activities for younger participants, which included an array of river related colouring in, a mini fishing game as well as Bug Bingo. A staff member from the NCFT was on hand to answer any questions about the river and show interested parties a tray containing hundreds of fresh water invertebrates belonging to the river, which were safely returned to the river at the end of the day. Many people tried their hand at fishing, mums, dads and children included.