A classic way to get kids fishing and outdoors

Getting youngsters back into nature and enjoying the health and wellbeing benefits of the great outdoors is more important than ever after a year of lockdowns.

Alongside the launch of the biggest sea fishing competition the industry has ever seen, the Sea Angling Classic will also be delivering fishing tuition for youngsters and encouraging all to enjoy what nature has to offer – schools across the south coast are already involved! The unique initiative running this summer will see children catching their first fish in a safe and secure environment, learning about species and conservation and, most importantly, having fun in the fresh air.  Students as well as having been invited to all the family shore activities are currently participating in a poster design competition depicting fishing and a shoreline clean-up. Winners will have the chance to attend the launch reception televised by BT sports as VIP guests with a trip out on the water!

Fishing delivers so many life skills for young people – from motor skills in the youngest participants to increased concentration, an enhanced work ethic plus a respect for their surroundings that is essential to the preservation of the environment in the future. Spending time outdoors relieves anxiety and stress levels, reduces the negative impact technology blue light can have and helps them talk one-to-one without the aid of mobile devices or other technology.

Getting youngsters fishing is just of the many pioneering facets of the Sea Angling Classic, which launches on the south coast of England from July 23rd to 25th – it will also be delivering vital scientific research and studies, environmental benefits like beach clean-ups and education and a huge appreciation of wildlife habitats. In addition, like all other Angling Spirit competitions, the Sea Angling Classic promotes best practice catch and release angling.

Luke McKell when he was younger will now be fishing in the launch competition alongside his father.

All – regardless of age – are invited to Northney Marina on the 24th and 25th for an exciting catch and release crabbing competition followed by a shoreline clean up following the ethos of angling in a responsible manner with the shoreline clean up on the 25th held at Emsworth marina. As part of the Sea Angling Classic weekend the Angling Trust will be running boat angling trips and onshore sessions with qualified coaches. For more experienced anglers the National Mullet Club will also be running a masterclass! Whilst all activities are free some are running on a first-come-first-serve basis so visit the Sea Angling Classic website following through to Family Shore Activities for more details.

Angling Spirit and Sea Angling Classic founder Ross Honey said: “A core part of establishing the Sea Angling Classic is to create a structure that enables the engagement of children of all ages to understand the importance of respect for the environment ashore and on the water, be it making sure that rubbish and litter is discarded appropriately or understanding the importance of sea grass and the saltwater marshes in and around our harbours. There is so much to enjoy in the great outdoors. We are delighted that these initiatives we have created have been so well received by the schools and colleges already involving over 10,000 pupils. I am confident that this will increase to over 50,000 by the time we run the Inaugural event in July 2022. It is really exciting, and we look forward to seeing everyone at this”. 

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Who are Angling Spirit?

Angling Spirit is the operating company that owns, organises, and stages international events and environmental initiatives. The ethos of Angling Spirit is to promote angling in a responsible manner; to organise and stage events with the betterment of angling as our focus.

Previous Angling Spirit events have generated over 4.7 million clicks on the live leader board in a single event, with interactions from over 250,000 unique viewers

What is the Sea Angling Classic?

The biggest sea angling competition in British history. Angling Spirit and Sea Angling Classic founder Ross Honey explained: “This will be an event like no other, encompassing a vast spectrum of events and initiatives covering environmental conservation, vital marine research, education, business networking and a boost to the local economy as well as the welfare of the wide range of fish species in the Solent”

The Angling Trust will be running a number of family fishing trips alongside the competiton to introduce the next generation to sea angling.
  • Friday, July 23rd a launch reception coupled with event partner introductions and displays, a complimentary gin bar courtesy of Mermaid Gin and a hog roast.
  • The following two days will see a boat parade up Chichester Harbour to the start line for a televised invitational competition involving 150 media, guests and anglers, alongside the shore clean-ups and children’s fishing academy before an evening prizegiving on Sunday, July 25th.
  • Ross Honey – “We are now formally inviting media and friends as our guests to attend the launch function and be part of history in the making, competing for great prizes while also experiencing the thrills and excitement of what will be in store for those at the full competition in summer 2022”