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England U18 Trial for Talent Pathway Stars


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Thirteen young anglers participating in the Angling Trust's Talent Pathway programme have been invited to the Sensas Team England under 18 trials to be held on the Gloucester Canal this weekend.


The Angling Trust report:

26 anglers from all over the country met at Packington Somers earlier this month to compete on Molands Mere in a match fished to international rules. The event was the final stage of the 2012/13 Talent Pathway programme that has seen anglers undertake a training programme designed to teach young anglers with aspirations of fishing for England the skills and techniques required for international angling.

2012 Veterans World Champion, and Sensas U18 and Ladies’ Team England coach, Joe Roberts, attended the match to cast his eye over the talent on show and invited anglers to attend the trial. Despite the pleasant weather on the day, an overnight temperature of  minus four meant that fishing was difficult to say the least, but the anglers gave it their all and the Midlands squad prevailed with top individual place going to Midlands angler James Lomas with a weight of 4lb 12oz.

Joe Roberts said:

“The fishing was very difficult on the day, but all of the anglers displayed their qualities and gave it their all. It was very encouraging seeing some of the anglers from the previous year’s programme again and it was evident how much they have developed.
It’s fantastic that there are so many anglers from all over the country with the desire to fish at the highest level and this programme gives those anglers the opportunity to learn the skills required to compete at international level. I would encourage all young anglers who want to fish for their country to get involved.”

The 2013/14 programme promises to be very exciting with some of the top international anglers involved in the delivery of the coaching programme.

Details of the 2013/14 Talent Pathway programme will soon be available via the Angling Trust website.

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