Posted by: AAPGAI | November 20, 2015

Great work AAPGAI members

Kindly reproduced with permission of Clive Mitchelhill

A brief overview of great work done by AAPGAI members

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Photos feature AAPGAI members
Clive Mitchelhill, Glyn Freeman & Derek Kelly

AAPGAI Instructors at Borderlines

About Borderlines

Borderlines is a not for profit company formed in 2005 with the aim of removing as many of the barriers to participation in angling as possible for all groups of the population regardless of age, ability, race, religion or social background with particular emphasis on the disadvantaged, disabled and those requiring rehabilitation.

Working with schools in England and Scotland, Borderlines education programmes compliment both national curriculum and curriculum for excellence. AAPGAI instructors have been involved with Borderlines since its inauguration, (and before) in fact as far back as the 1990’s when it was in its infancy, under several different names, before settling on the Borderlines brand. During this time we have introduced more than 15,000 participants (mostly youngsters) to angling and the environment.

Observations

As instructors we have witnessed just how angling, (and everything involved with it) can improve the quality of peoples lives, not just those participating either, but also the lives of those around them. Anyone can achieve success in angling and with that success an improvement in both self-confidence and self-esteem. We are not so naive to think that angling is some sort of panacea, a cure for all ills, but over many years we have witnessed the significant individual and social benefits that participation in angling can bring to so many people.

Achievements

Many people (for whatever reason) never achieve success in life, they may never achieve academic success, sporting success, or success in their every day working activities, but they can achieve success in angling, and with that success comes a whole new attitude towards life. Anyone can catch fish, or even put something back on an environmental level and go home feeling good, and it is that feel good factor, that sense of achievement that is so important, but even more important is the ability to pass that feeling on to others. You might argue that could be true of any sport or hobby, but in what other sport could a relative novice with the most basic of equipment break a national record, which has happened before. Angling is a level playing field, given the vast array of options available within it, and therefore as far as fitness is concerned; you don’t have to be a top athlete to do well, nor do you need to be an academic to take part. Every angler knows the buzz that making a good catch can generate; it can carry you through the days and weeks ahead.

Not only that, we firmly believe that angling has a place to play in reducing stress, anxiety, crime and disorderly behaviour as well as improving educational performance and environmental awareness. Borderlines aims to bring that experience to more people.

Objectives

As well as our adult coaching and guiding activities we are committed to introducing youngsters to angling and the environment, and over the duration of our activities (as mentioned earlier) the majority of our 15,000 plus participants have been youngsters. Youngsters are introduced to the environment, taught about the water cycle, plants, invertebrates, the fish themselves, as well as tackle, tactics, watercraft, angling etiquette, fish handling, conservation and how to behave in the countryside. We try to instill both a caring attitude and a respect for the environment so that those youngsters will become good ambassadors for angling in the future. If done properly introduction to angling in this way can bring about a sense of ownership and a caring attitude to those participating in a way that continues away from the angling environment, our objective is not just to teach angling, but also life skills away from angling, thus having tremendous social implications. Young people are very soon going to be the responsible adults that will eventually take over the helm of the future of our beloved sport; so we need to invest in our youth. We believe that this is a message those of us working in angling and its allied trades, must get over to the schools, potential funders and the government. It is not just about catching fish it is the whole package.

Borderlines will continue to remove as many of the barriers to participation in angling as possible, for all groups of the population, however this does not happen on it’s own and we are well aware of the abundance of groups in our area (Cumbria & SW Scotland) that wish to take part in our projects, or simply continue with the particular programme they are already involved in, especially educational facilities. The biggest problem is funding, although this is just another obstacle we are trying to overcome, and will certainly continue to do so. Here’s to the future of Angling!

See some of our projects here: http://www.borderlines.org.uk/projects

 

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