Over three weekends at Albrighton Moat, Academy participants worked through the twelve course modules, including the unique Disability Module and a final two days of assessments. Participants were referred from the youth oriented Access2Angling based at Lavender Hall Fishery near Coventry, from Albrighton Moat itself, and by the British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) that referred participants who will be supporting particular programmes with ex-service personnel; with a focus on those with PTSD, where angling has proven a valuable therapeutic method towards improved well-being.
The reasons why people want to help others are as varied as their start points. Two of our participants provide a window onto the range of background and motivations to pursue a coaching qualification.
First Dennis from Access2Angling who gives an impression that his engagement with angling happened over a few years, when in truth he proudly told us on the final weekend that his ‘very young grandson’ has just graduated and has had news this past weekend that he has been successful in gaining his desired first job.
Then Wayne, who will be working with the BDAA, outlines how his ambition to help others will be greatly enhanced through insights gained during the course. Mainly a carp angler, he now wants to help everyone gain a first positive angling experience. As an ex-serviceman, with his own medical challenges, he particularly wants to support ex-servicemen and their families deal with the very real issues they face by creating a space away from it all at a bankside, fishing.
Congratulations to all our participants*. One or two have a little more to do to complete the course, and Dreamstore Academy will be alongside to the end. It has been a learning experience everyone on this course.
*not all participants wished to feature in photos on this story.