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Learn how to fish with the Angling Coaching Initiative

The Angling Coaching Initiative for juniors was most successful last year and the KDAA and Maldon Angling Society together with the Braintree and Bocking Angling Society are intending to continue with coaching sessions this year. Over 100 juniors and some parents took part with 50 attending the regular coaching sessions. With the very small numbers of juniors coming into the sport this is our attempt to provide a means to introduce youngsters who may not have a family member or friend who can or do not have the time to teach them.

Dates of the coaching sessions on MAS venues will be in our new 2019 rulebook and on the ACI website at www.anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk

However, the limiting factor was the number of volunteer coaches from the two clubs to the point where we were having to turn youngsters away. At the beginning of the year ACI had about sixteen possible volunteer coaches, some did not pursue it, others owing to other commitments and holidays could only do a few sessions. For many of the sessions we only had six coaches and twice that number of participants, ideally we would like to coach on a one to one basis.

We really need a larger pool of volunteer coaches to make this year more successful. If more members are willing to commit to just one or two sessions between May and September on any of the club venues then that would be great. You just have to be an experienced angler bearing in mind we are teaching a range of fishing methods, whip, waggler and method feeder to youngsters new to angling or those wishing to improve their skills. The only qualification required is having a calm and patient nature. It is rewarding and fun.

Please can you bring this request to the attention of your angling friends who, although may not be members of the KDAA, MAS or BBAS, might be interested in volunteering to help.

Please visit the ACI website for more information or contact Chris Burt on 07917 781299 to discuss what is involved.

ACI Advert

Coaching Evening Classes

This year the Angling Coaching Initiative is running a number of evening classes for juniors new to angling or wishing to improve.  The classes will be run by Angling Trust coaches Chris Burt and Graham Garnham covering a range of methods, knots, fish handling etc.  They will be held at the back room at The Swan PH, Little Totham on the 26 February, 7 March, 21 March and 24 April.  £10 for the four classes or £12.50 for two students from the same family  They do not need to be members of the KDAA or MAS.

Places need to be booked. Visit the ACI website at www.anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk website – information page – make a payment

For further information contact Chris Burt on 07917 781299

ACI Pre Season Classes

Help with coaching juniors wishing to learn to fish

The coaching sessions organised by the Angling Coaching Initiative in conjunction with KDAA and MAS have been most successful since the first one held on the 19th May with up to ten participants at sessions.  Although ACI have a pool of Volunteer Coaches it is not sufficiently large enough to ensure they can provide one to one coaching particularly during the summer school holiday period owing to many of the volunteers being unavailable due to their own holidays and other commitments.  If you are able to help, even for just one or two sessions can you please contact Chris Burt on 07917 781299 or via email at chris@candjb.co.uk.  It is fun and most rewarding.

Future dates and venues are on the ACI website  https://anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk/events-calendar  along with a blog of the sessions held to date.

The next two sessions where we more help would definitely be appreciated are next Wed 15th Aug at Rook Hall and on Wed 22nd Aug at Bog Grove.

Learn how to fish

You might have caught some of Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse fishing for tench, bream, roach and rudd on TV last night and thought “I fancy giving that a go myself”.  If you did but you have no fishing tackle or any idea how to get started then the answer is at hand.  Contact Chris Burt at Angling Coaching Initiative who will be very happy to advise you further and can book you onto one of his angling coaching days.  All tackle will be provided for you to use free of charge on the day and you will only be asked to pay from £7.50 per session to cover the cost of the bait.  Chris is running several coaching days across a variety of Maldon AS and Kelvedon DAA fisheries and he can be contacted by phone on 07917 781299, by email at chris@candjb.co.uk, via the  Angling Coaching Initiative website which can be found at https://anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk/ or by post at 3 Great Cob, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 6LA.


A happy student with a fine Tench landed at Rook Hall during a coaching session earlier this month.

Rook Hall will be closed on Sun 17th Jun

All three lakes at Rook Hall will be closed to members on Sunday 17th June (Fathers Day) for the Blackwater Country Show.  More information regarding the show can be found at http://www.blackwatercountryshow.co.uk/.  Angling Coaching Initiative will be running a coarse fishing coaching session on the trout lake next to the Maldon Angling Society stall on the day.

First Coaching Day for Angling Coaching Initiative – 19th May

Our first coaching day for ACI, and what a result. The first event for our voluntary coaching for Juniors and Adults alike, and the culmination of a lot of hard work by everyone, but this was the fun part!

We had 11 learners and seven of us to teach them, on a beautiful sunny day over at a small enclosed, tree lined water, Slough House West just north of Maldon. So all the tackle we’d acquired or bought with the Sport England Grant finally got an outing and did us proud for results. Everyone caught fish from the start, with roach being the main species, there was one lovely tench, plus perch, rudd and a few gudgeon and even the odd eel too. The carp though proved elusive, even the one that was hooked proved too much for the four metre elasticated whip it was hooked with and made its escape.

We heard lovely comments about how the day went, such as from one Dad “he had a great time, he’s been bragging to everybody he caught more fish than me!”  One girl caught far more than her brother too and she delighted in reminding him of it throughout the whole time.

Everyone loved it, and are rebooking to join us again. Interested? Then join us; enrol, book in with us or let us know if you’d like to learn more. Whether you’re just starting out, or wanting to get back into fishing again now, we cater for every level of ability! Join us long-term too, we can expand your skills as far as you wish!

Our web site is https://anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk/ and the Angling Trust now have all our events listed, go to http://www.getfishing.org.uk/?s=&region-category%5B%5D=34&event-time under Eastern England.

Chris Burt – ACI Chairman

Email:  chris@candjb.co.uk

Mobile:  07917 781299

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