The Forward Assist Veterans Angling Academy was developed to introduce former Armed Forces personnel  to an outdoor activity that was accessible for both disabled and able bodied veterans.

The Forward Assist Angling Academy includes members whose angling abilities range from beginner, to those with prior match fishing experience who want to improve their skills. All the angling equipment and tuition is provided to the participants at no cost and with the full support of  Dave Munt, North East Regional Officer for the Angling Development Trust.

Fishing trips, both one day and multi-day excursions are provided at a variety of venues across the North East and abroad. The Veterans Angling Academy is unique in that it provides sea, course or fly fishing activities throughout the year dependant upon the weather..

Angling Activities in 2018 are kindly funded by CAPITA.

We have also received donations of equipment by angling equipment manufacturers including specialist angling weather proof waxed jackets from The Barbour Trust.

What are our plans for developing the project further?

We would like to mainstream this provision during the next two years as it is clearly an important route to possible employment but also a great catalyst for getting isolated veterans 'out and about'.

Our veterans have also expressed a desire to share their newly acquired angling skills with others. This will necessitate members taking more Level 1 and Level 2 Angling coaching courses. To this end Forward Assist are applying for grants from a number of sources.

For further information contact 0191 250 4877.

"As a disabled Veteran, the Forward Assist Angling Academy has enabled me to be involved in an activity that gets me outside and engaged in a therapeutic activity. The fact other veterans are involved is a bonus. The Forward Assist Mini bus is wheel chair accessible and I am able to take part in all the fishing trips. Its  changed my life."View Gallery