Dreamstore Academy is closing

We’ve invested in people; making a difference

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Since its launch in 2004, Dreamstore UK has shown what is possible with imagination and a positive outlook! Despite the success achieved over the past 16 years, the decision has been taken to close Dreamstore, and Dreamstore Academy. 

Dreamstore Academy has delivered more than 260 Dreamstore Academy qualifications, enabling coaching support to community projects throughout the UK, ranging from drug rehabilitation in Southampton to diversionary programmes for young people in Gloucester, Stroke support in Southport to mental health support in Leeds, disability support in Teglan to foster care in Dundee.

Graduates from the Academy have been fundamental in kick-starting many fishing projects and in supporting schools, youth community groups and other organisations; providing an opportunity to experience angling to literally thousands of young and old, of all genders and ethnicities, whether disabled or with life challenges.

Even with these achievements, we have seen a general squeeze on the voluntary sector, with many of our partners either amalgamating or simply closing down. Participation in angling is in steady decline, possibly reflecting changing recreational and lifestyle patterns in this digital world. Consequently, Academy Registrations have steadily declined, and we feel it is time to draw things to a close. The CV19 crisis just adds to the reasons leading to this regrettable decision.

For those who qualified from Pershore, First4Sport retain your records.

For those qualifying after Pershore, the Dreamstore Academy qualification is a fully SQA accredited course. For your reference the Code is G974 45 Sports Coaching Angling: and the Units are F173 11 Coach Participants and Develop Personal Practice: Angling, and F17E 11 Plan and Prepare a Series of Coaching Sessions: Angling, and the qualification is recorded in your personal SQA SCN account.

No qualification ends with the closure of the Academy, though you will need a current First Aid Certificate to keep the qualification up to date. If you are coaching, you will need to be covered by either personal or group public liability insurance and have all necessary child protection checks in your jurisdiction, again either personally or through the group with which you are working. 

We wish those who continue to actively coach and lead angling activity around the country all the best in their local endeavours. Hopefully you will be able to sustain angling in your communities and be the inspiration to each and every person you assist and support.

Thanks to everyone for your support, enthusiasm and commitment to angling for all.

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If you have a query in respect of your Coaching qualification delivered at Dreamstore Academy please ask here. This contact form will be open until October 2021. We will be monitoring the mailbox from time to time.