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Angling Trust calls for funding survey support

2008 World Champions Callum Dicks (Under 22s) and Matt Godfrey (Under 18s)The Angling Trust is calling on all anglers who are members of an angling club, together with young anglers, to take part in a new survey which will help the sport to receive a promised four-year funding package worth £1.56m from Sport England and a share of any future funding.

To be eligible for the grant at least 1,000 anglers must register for the survey.

Sport England has commissioned the survey to establish what is important to people when they take part in sport and how satisfied they are with the quality of their experience. The survey goes live in March 2009. However, anglers need to register their details now so that Ipsos MORI, who are conducting the research, can contact them directly.

The registration process takes about two minutes and all personal details supplied will be held in the strictest confidence and used solely for the purposes of this study.

There are two surveys. One is for members of an angling club which is a member of Angling Trust or which was a member of National Federation of Anglers; the National Federation of Sea Anglers; or the Salmon and Trout Association: Anglers who fall into this category should visit www.anglingtrust.net/clubmembers.

Young anglers aged 16 to 18 who would like to take part should visit www.anglingtrust.net/talentpool.

For more details about the survey and electronic links to the study please visit the Angling Trust website at www.anglingtrust.net.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust, urged every club angler in the country to complete the survey saying: "This is an opportunity for anglers to have their say about their experience when they go fishing. The results will help guide our work over the next few years and will affect future funding decisions from Sport England for angling. Please help!"

The Angling Trust is the new, single organisation which represents angling all coarse, game and sea anglers in England. It lobbies the government, campaigns on environmental and angling issues and runs national and international angling competitions. In addition it fights pollution, commercial over-fishing at sea, over-abstraction, poaching, unlawful navigation, local bans and a host of other threats to the sport.

As the governing body for all angling, the Angling Trust will seek government funding to develop the sport from grass roots participation through to elite performance. It aims to develop programmes with clubs to increase participation, particularly amongst groups who have yet to discover the joys of going fishing. It will protect the rights of all anglers to do what they love most.

The Angling Trust was formed from an historic merger of six angling and conservation organisations in January 2009. Other bodies, including the Angling Development Board, will merge with the Angling Trust in 2009.


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