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Young people matter and so does Fishing 4 Schools for The Countryside Alliance Foundation because We need funds to drive this amazing initiative.

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  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2015, 26 Apr 2015

The Countryside Alliance Foundation

Many children and young people know little about the countryside and rural way of life. Its programme of educational initiatives will introduce them, and their teachers, to the beauty, importance and diversity of our rural heritage, inspiring them to become passionate about its future and protect it for future generations.

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At the age of  62  (well, at the end of January) putting on new running shoes and even contemplating doing a Marathon (again!)  is an act of clinical insanity: Welcome to my insanity and why: 

Fishing 4 Schools

Just eight years ago, we had a bit” of an idea at the Countryside Alliance. We would take young people fishing. But not just anyone; we would take young folk from all manner of social and geographic backgrounds; young people that struggle with their day to day and school work, those that try and avoid school at all costs and those that soar through the intellectual educational milestones. Over the period that Fishing 4 Schools has been operational we have come to realise that Angling - in its many guises - is a true sport for all; knowing no class structure or barrier, no IQ levels (when did you last catch a fish that cared?) no, well anything, really, other than a passport into a lifelong sport of kaleidoscopic proportions. A place where no two angling days are ever the same.

 

So we set about our little initiative in schools throughout England and Wales believing implicitly, that young people, irrespective of background, are very special and deserving of our very best efforts. 

 

And that was  and is our credo at Fishing 4 Schools: Young people are worth it. 

 

Personally, my time with F4S has been life changing and affirming: certainly, it has given me a view of life that has altered my world and perceptions. In essence, I have come to realise just what a vital role Fishing 4 Schools can play in young peoples lives. 

 

I suspect most of us is evangelical about our chosen pastime, recreation - passion. But the chance to share that passion with others, grow a pastime in areas of society, religion and geography that are utterly alien to a rural concept is a rare and special opportunity. 

 

That is Fishing 4 Schools; an initiative that knocks on the door of society in all its shapes, colours, creeds and prejudices and simply wants to take young folk fishing and explore a world of related educational topics.  Just that.

 

So Welcome to our world - a place of learning, fish, a bit of education, some rain, some frustration, the countryside, learning, a bit of mud, and a good many smiles

 

It is the best thing that I have EVER been associated with. 

 

Charles Jardine 

Fisher.

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