Top brands have stepped up to the plate with a stunning array of prizes for the UK’s largest national celebration of young peoples’ fishing.

Held every year on the third weekend of September, the National Celebration of Young People and Fishing is designed to offer participants a fun day, land a few fish, learn something new, meet new friends and end up being inspired to come back to our waterways time and again.

Winning a prize or being crowned champion would, of course, be a dream come true but taking part in this unique occasion is something that every young person aged between seven and 20 is now able to do.

And participants will also be automatically invited to get involved in the fishing events associated with the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Brands supporting with prizes include Guru, Fjuka and Sensas and there are three age categories: Cadets (aged 7 to 10); Juniors (aged 11 to 15); and Youth (aged 16 to 20).

The cadet and youth events will be held on the Shropshire Union Canal at Shebdon, Staffordshire on Saturday, September 18th, with the junior event running the following day on the Shropshire Union Canal at Soudley, near Market Drayton.

An online draw prior to each match on the Shropshire Union Canal will take place on the Canal & River Trust Angling Facebook page on the evening of Thursday, September 16th.

Participants are encouraged to form teams of three, ideally through their local Let’s Fish club or community group. There will be a special prize for the top performing school and team representing a tackle shop in both the cadet and junior event.
The first 50 young people to book in via The Angling Trust website will each receive a Drennan pole rig, ideal for canal fishing, worth around £4.50.

Once registered, participants can enjoy a free two-hour canal coaching development session through the Let’s Fish programme to help them prepare for the big day. If you know anyone interested, they should e-mail peter.henery@canalrivertrust.org.uk with a subject heading National Angling Celebrations Development Programme to reserve their place and include their full name, age and where they live.

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