New Pathway from Grassroots to Elite for England’s Junior Sea Anglers

by David Proudfoot

The Angling Trust has introduced a new structure to provide a pathway for junior sea anglers to get from grassroots to elite international fishing with Team England Juniors. The programme begins in August 2014 and will provide opportunities for junior anglers to learn about International tactics and techniques and to be selected to represent Team England at both Home Internationals and World Championships.

Shore fishing legend Chris Clark and current Team England Junior and Youth Managers, David Graham and Mark Hurcombe respectively, will head up the England Talent Pathway programme with a series of coaching sessions between August 2014 and April 2015. The purpose of the programme is to accelerate talent and increase the size of the talent pool from which Team England can select teams to compete in both Home International and World Championships. With such a wealth of experience at both Home and World level, the youngsters will without doubt be in good hands.

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Team England’s Chris Clark said “having been involved in managing and coaching England teams for many years im delighted to be involved in this new initiative. We need to to provide young anglers with a platform to learn about the specific skills required for international angling and this allows us to blend anglers showing potential with the current crop of Junior Internationals. My hope is that we can provide young anglers with the necessary skills and confidence and inspire them to go on and represent their country in Home and World Championships.”

Angling Trust’s Talent Development Manager Ben Thompson said “this is an exciting development for our young sea anglers, the opportunity to work with some of the most experienced international coaches and learn from our best young anglers is an opportunity not to be missed and that experience cannot be bought. We now have an England Talent Pathway in game, coarse and sea so the platform is there for young anglers who aspire to better themselves and dream of representing their country in angling. I would encourage any young with those ambitions to get involved.”

The Angling Trust Sea Angling England Talent Pathway provides opportunities for anglers’ aged 12-16 to enter a training programme designed to develop understanding of tactics and techniques required for international style angling. Anglers interested in getting involved should visit for more information and details of how to apply. Participants must be individual members of Angling Trust and membership is FREE for anyone under 18 years of age. Angling Trust membership is available online at

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