Source: Angling Trust

In an unprecedented move the major players in the carp industry have put aside commercial and political differences to throw their weight behind the National Squad in readiness for this year’s World Carp Fishing Championships on the River Ebro in Spain in October.

The event has recently opened for registration but without a sponsor there was a risk that Team England might not be represented. However, new manager Rob Hughes has put together a plan that not only secures participation, but also ensures the whole of the UK are behind the team in the best possible way.

Rob commented:

“I inherited a team with no sponsor so it was vital for us to raise funds to be able to participate. However, I felt that it was not fair for one sponsor to shoulder the burden of the whole financial package and, equally, not fair on the team to be answerable to that one sponsor.

The solution was to get everyone behind the team, but I don’t think that this has ever happened in any area of carp angling before, let alone matches. The press and public have been brilliant in their coverage of my appointment and I must say that the trade have been equally as positive and I cannot thank them enough.

I approached a number of companies, explained my plans and vision as to how the team structure should work and, without exception, everyone said they were in without reservation.

I couldn’t have wished for a better response”.

The tackle and bait companies have all offered equal financial responsibility and also to provide equipment as required, irrespective of who is chosen to participate.

Martin Locke of Solar Tackle, a man known in the industry for his national pride said:

“It’s great that everyone has got on board. There was no question of us not being involved. After all, this is the national team – who wouldn’t want to support it?”

The companies that have offered their financial support are: Daiwa, Fox, DNA, Korda, Mainline, Solar, Nash, Trakker, Avid, Venture, Sticky, CC Moore and Taska