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This year, National Fishing Month will begin on the 22nd July, and conclude on the 29th August.
As in previous years, the idea behind National Fishing Month is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing. It does not matter what age you are, or what previous experience you have. Nor does it matter which cultural or social background you may be from. Fishing is for everyone!
Fishery owners, organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support National Fishing Month, so please take this opportunity to have a go at this wonderful sport. Click here to find an event near you, to make sure you do not miss out!
Sep 12 2016
Angling’s largest participation programme, National Fishing Month (NFM), continues to set the benchmark for fishing participation initiatives, following the introduction of nearly 14,000 new people to angling this summer. They took part in a nationwide schedule of 326 special NFM events – a new record - held across six weeks during July and August 2016.
Aug 10 2016
Angling is still searching for its position in the mainstream sports arenas. Although it is a participatory sport, hugely popular on a ?world-wide basis and practised in virtually every country, general acceptance by those that follow sports is largely absent. There are no Olympic angling medals at stake in Rio.
There are a variety of reasons why this is the case, most of them related to a lack of understanding about the sport and what makes anglers ‘tick’. In a competitive framework, there is not the direct or indirect contact between participants that occurs with bat or ball sports; competitive angling pits the competitors against the course – a river, lake, canal or the sea – although this is also true of other outdoor Olympic sports as diverse as golf, archery, rowing and marathon running.
Feb 12 2016
Angling Direct has joined the 5p bag scheme… but with a big difference. In conjunction with the Angling Trades Association (ATA) - of which the company is a member - ALL proceeds generated from sales of Angling Direct carrier bags will go directly towards supporting National Fishing Month (NFM).
Feb 11 2016
Exciting developments following on from a number of discussions have resulted in the recent announcement that the Angling Trades Association (ATA) and the Angling Trust (AT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The strategic aim of this collaboration is to secure a sustainable future for angling by recruiting and retaining more anglers, campaigning to protect and improve fish stocks and the rights of anglers to fish for them and thereby generating more customers for the trade.
Jan 01 2015
National Fishing Month offers unique opportunities for the protection and promotion of angling. It has the potential to:-
National Fishing Month is a celebration of the sport of angling. All over the country qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to this marvellous sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge too. Events are organised around the UK to show people who have never fished before how to do it. If you'd like to try fishing then now is your big chance.
What is actually going to happen?
From 22nd July to 29th August, there will be hundreds of locally organised angling events offering non-anglers the opportunity to be taught how to fish, FREE OF CHARGE, by a qualified licensed Coach and within a controlled environment.
Do you want to organise an event?
National Fishing Month falls apart without the assistance of event organisers. We are therefore searching for volunteers to run National Fishing Month events.
Organisers can be angling clubs, schools, tackle shops, fisheries - in fact anyone with an interest in fishing. Many clubs and societies use National Fishing Month as a way of increasing membership.
Sep 09 2014
This year’s National Fishing Month (NFM) exceeded organisers’ expectations and introduced thousands of new people to angling. A total of 310 special NFM events were staged during July and August 2014, attended by enthusiastic participants from across the UK.
Jul 22 2014
Jun 06 2014
Sep 12 2013
This year’s National Fishing Month (NFM) has shattered its 15,000 target, setting new records for the number of people who were introduced to the sport via more than 300 special events throughout the country. When the final figures are tallied, it is likely that participant numbers will be closer to 16,000, much to the delight of the NFM organisers.
Aug 01 2013
Jun 20 2013
With less than a month to go, its full steam ahead for National Fishing Month (NFM) organised by the Angling Trades Association and its supporting partners. To date, over 250 events (running between 19th July and 26th August 2013) have been registered on the official NFM website (www.nationalfishingmonth.com), each detailing when, where and how anyone who wants to learn more about fishing can take part at events in their local area.
Aug 31 2012
The terrible British weather and the 2012 Olympics didn’t dampen the spirit of the coaches and National Fishing Month (NFM) organisers this year. Despite the distractions, nearly 300 events took place across the country, attracting close to 14,000 participants across a huge range of ages, ethnic backgrounds and social profiles.
Jul 24 2012
Despite the poor weather conditions and the cancellation of the CLA Game Fair at Belvoir Castle, National Fishing Month 2012 began in style with a celebrity launch. Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon, was on hand to open activities at a special event organised by Reading and District Angling Association (RDAA) at Longwater Lake, Green Park, Reading on Friday 20th July.
School children from the local area enjoyed one on one coaching sessions from Les Webber MBE (Angling Projects), Danny Williams (Angling Trust) and Will Barnard (RDAA), and the teachers even joined in! The Minister spent time talking all the participants and their coaches and he then joined the team for a celebratory picnic.
Richard Benyon said: “National Fishing Month is a fantastic opportunity to introduce thousands of new people to the benefits of angling. It was great to see youngsters from Reading getting into the sport at Friday’s launch and I hope the next four weeks are a great success.”
Jul 10 2012
It is less than two weeks to the start of National Fishing Month (NFM) 2012, and the indications are that it is set to be yet another fabulous promotion. With more than 250 events nationwide listed online at www.nationalfishingmonth.com, there’s plenty of opportunity for people to have a go at fishing at a venue near to home.
Everyone who participates receives a NFM Goody Bag containing a ‘Get Into Fishing’ booklet full of information on how to get started and advice on different types of fishing, stickers and a money off voucher for the new Go Catch board game. They also receive a certificate of participation as a memento of their days fishing.
NFM headline sponsor, Go Outdoors, has organised a series of in store events around the country which include teaching sessions and hints and tips on carp, coarse, game and sea fishing. The NFM website shows details of how to find a Go Outdoors store nearby. Go Outdoors will also be promoting National Fishing Month to its extensive database, providing the initiative with an exciting and far reaching promotional message.
May 31 2012
As a full time angling coach, Professional Anglers’ Association Director Martin Porter considers himself to be a very lucky man. He has turned a lifetime hobby into a career by teaching troubled young people to fish.
But his work is much more complicated than that. In fact, it’s as complex as the young people themselves and the reasons they fail to fit into society .
Apr 30 2012
National Fishing Month 2012 (NFM) takes place between 20th July and the 27th August, and with over 100 events already listed online at the new website www.nationalfishingmonth.com, organisers are hoping that this year will be bigger and better than ever.
Coverage and awareness of National Fishing Month will be stepped up this year as national destination retailer, Go Outdoors, has agreed to sponsor the initiative by organising store events across the country, promoting local outdoor events and giving away hundreds of gift vouchers as prizes.
Feb 23 2012
National Fishing Month (NFM) 2011 was hailed as a resounding success with more than 300 events taking place across the country attracting over 15,000 participants of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and social profiles.