Let’s Go Fishing

After having to postpone the original date due to predicted extreme weather, Alex Wakeley and a group of young people visited a Shrewsbury pool on Saturday 21st June for what turned out to be a beautifully sunny day; as well as a fantastic day’s fishing.

Throughout the day a total of 25 children attended a free fishing taster session event, that had been purposely organised by Alex to introduce children to the joys of fishing – an aim that was most definitely met as every child had a really enjoyable day... and best of all, all children caught fish!

Alex, who is an Angling Trust licensed Level 2 Angling Coach, said the following when asked why he’d planned such an event:

“I was fortunate to grow up in the countryside where I was able to spend evenings, weekends and school holidays roaming the fields, exploring the outdoors, and fishing! There's so much technology around these days that children rarely get the opportunity to experience what I did as a boy. Instead there seems to be a trend of staying indoors, playing computer games and watching television. Or even when outdoors, eyes are locked onto smartphones surfing the web, texting, Facebooking or Tweeting.

I'm planning fishing events which will get children outside exploring things that they may otherwise never have known even existed. The event on 21st June was the first of many.”

Alex has started a fishing club called Let’s Go Fishing, with the intention of providing the people of Shropshire with the opportunity to go fishing. Initially he will be focusing on introducing young people in the Shrewsbury area, however has plans to expose fishing to as many people as possible, of all ages and abilities.

The next series of events run in Shrewsbury from Monday 4th to Friday 8th August – a fishing school holiday club running from 9:00am – 3:00pm each day. Children can attend for just one day or the whole week; it’s open to children aged 8 years and over irrelevant of ability and fishing experience. Alex has also planned a “short sessions” event on 15th August which can be attended by children of all ages.

For more information contact [email protected] or search Facebook for the Let’s Go Fishing group.

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