BRACKLEY & District Angling Club (B&DAC) have started 2013 in the best possible way by being awarded the prestigious Clubmark award for angling.
Clubmark is a Sport England backed club accreditation scheme, focusing on providing the perfect environment for young people to take part in sport.
In order to gain accreditation, the club have signed up to both Angling Trust child protection and sports equity policies, as well as showing an ongoing commitment to developing and growing the junior section of the club.
The club will be presented the award on Thursday, January 17, at 7.30pm at Brackley Town Football Club.
The club now have a total of eight fully qualified and CRB checked angling coaches who deliver regular coaching sessions that provide opportunities for both new anglers and more experienced anglers to get into the sport.
In the past 18 months, the club have successfully introduced well over 100 people to angling through their coaching sessions and taster days.
B&DAC become only the second angling club in Northamptonshire to obtain the award and have cemented their position as one of the leading junior clubs not only in the county but also in the East Midlands.
James Roche, regional development officer for the Angling Trust, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Brackley and District Angling Club over the past 18 months.
“The club provide local young people with the chance to try fishing in a safe, friendly and helpful environment, giving anybody that wants to try fishing in Brackley and the surrounding areas the best possible start to the sport.”
Mark Fenning, B&DAC Head Coach & Junior Co-ordinator, added: “Over the last few years Brackley& District Angling Club have worked hard within the community, building partnerships with the councils, the EA and other youth groups to provide the opportunity for everyone to have a go at fishing.
“Last year saw us put a record number of people through our taster sessions and structured coaching.
“In getting this award, which is a Sport England accreditation, shows just how far the club has progressed.
“This is why we feel now is the time to launch Brackley & District Angling Academy, we want angling to be available to all, adults and youngsters alike.”
For more information on the club and details of up and coming competitions, events and coaching days, visit www.brackleyanglingclub.co.uk.com.