Forward Assist Angling Academy
The Forward Assist Veterans Angling Academy was developed to introduce former Armed Forces veterans to an outdoor activity that was accessible to both disabled and able bodied personnel. The Angling Academy includes members whose abilities range from beginners to those with prior match fishing experience, keen to improve their skills. All the angling equipment and tuition is provided to the participants at no cost and with the full support of the Angling Trust and Qualified Angling Coach, Dave Munt. The Veterans Angling Academy is unique in that it provides Sea, Lake or River fishing on a regular, on-going, long term basis. It is much more than a one day fishing trip.
The project is currently funded by a grant sourced from The Angling Trust. We have also received donations of equipment by angling equipment manufacturers including specialist angling weather proof waxed jackets from The Barbour Trust.
The project is delivered in rural, outdoor settings dependent upon the type of fishing the participants are involved in. For example, sea fishing is from the shore or on a boat while course or fly fishing takes place on near a river or lake.
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 those experiencing social isolation or poor mental health. Our veterans have 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.