Continuing on reports from a busy summer….
Barry Morris is lead Pastoral Care at the Royal National College for the Blind, and the inspiration for its Angling Club which Dreamstore has supported since 2007. Barry is always on the look out for new places to take RNC Angling Club students. In the few months he has discovered a fishery not more than 10 minutes from the College.
Barry can tell you the story himself:
“I am doing some volunteer coaching at a local lake I have found 10 minutes from the College. The owners are a fantastic couple. In the course of conversation we talked about my students using the pool, and also the possibility of “lads and dads” sessions as part of National Fishing Month. They set it up, and one the first evening we had 14 girls and boys with their parents/grandparents. We completed 6 sessions in total and hopefully a camping weekend in half term, which perhaps some of the College Students might participate.”
“This is the first ‘youth’ oriented session in Herefordshire for a long time, and that is why I was really keen to support it. Herefordshire suffers from a lack of Junior coaching. The owners of the Mill Farm Fishery in Credenhill recognised this and wanted to get youngsters fishing. Using the National fishing month we obtained a little kit from Angling Trades Assoc. to run the evening sessions – and Dreamstore kindly provided some caps and wristbands as giveaways.”
“Having gone through juniors many years ago myself, and my two sons have gone through juniors, we realise how important such events are to help young people to learn properly. The families can come back and borrow the equipment to carry on fishing. It would be nice to run regular sessions in order to develop their skills. The pool is also ideal for my V.I. students as there is a good head of fish, and variety. On my recommendation, the owner is going to add toilets, and a shelter at the end of the year which will attract families.”
Barry’s final comment:
“Parents’ comments such as “ it gets him away from his X Box”, and “didn’t realise how relaxing it was” show that these sessions are invaluable to get parents on board. We had an average of 10 young people each session, which we count as a great success.”