This year’s Dreamstore Active Group Award, supported by the Environment Agency, has been presented to an organisation that has worked away quietly for many years providing opportunity for young people to be challenged. Outside any formal sport structures and with an organising committee working totally in a voluntary capacity, this group has served the voluntary sector in providing a meeting place for groups and young people to compete in a positive environment.
The Group Award was presented to Roger Dew, Vice Chairman and Results Officer, who accepted on behalf of the National Junior Angling Association.
The NJAA has been running match fishing competitions for junior anglers for over 50 years and has members across the country. It runs three major competitions annually, and competition and membership are open to any junior fishing teams. On the second Saturday in June it holds an under 18s competition – teams of 8 of which at least four must be under 16. On the first Saturday in September the National event includes Cadets, (Under 14, for teams of 3), Junior, (under 18s, teams of 6) and Intermediate, (Under 22 teams of 4). Finally, on the first Saturday in October, there is the Challenge event, with Junior teams of 6 and Intermediate teams of 4.
The Dreamstore Active Group Award is presented to a Club, Association, or Society that has demonstrated an ability to generate and sustain membership, and undertaken innovative and imaginative programmes or activities that have opened participation to new anglers and provided a welcoming environment to all those who take part in Club, Association, or Society activities. The fishing Club, Association or Society is at the heart of the network of contacts and friendships that stretch across the nation; bringing people together and providing a focal point for all those who share a particular passion for angling. The best will be strong and growing, show a special ability to engage with both anglers and the general public to attract new members, or have undertaken a new activity that has greatly enhanced the value and participation of angling in a local area or among a particular group of people. The Group Award recognises the tremendous organisation and energy of a body of people who are directly promoting and strengthening the angling fraternity and enhancing an appreciation of angling among the wider public.