On Wednesday 20th of August Lymm Angling Club (Lymm AC) hosted fishing sessions for Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP) and the Warrington Wolves Foundation at Spring Pool Fishery, Lake Lane, Whitley near Warrington.
The day was made possible through the Make A Difference scheme where Carlson Wagonlit Travel make time available for their employees to complete volunteer work.
Chris Finneran, who runs the Junior Section at Lymm AC, was able to use the scheme to host the day. Volunteers within the fishing club also helped – meaning that we had five coaches available to assist youngsters of varying levels of disability.
The sessions were based on two two-hour lessons open to anyone aged 11-25 years with little or no experience of fishing before. Lymm AC supplied all the equipment and bait for those who attended. Throughout the day we had six children who got their first taste of fishing and a great day was had by all.
Chris Finneran said: “It was a great day for those who attended. We caught fish and learned loads about fish and wildlife. The young people were made up catching fish and so keen to catch their next fish.”
Matthew Price, aged 15, was one of the young people who attended. This is what he had to say about the experience: “It was a really fun experience and I would definitely want to do it again!”
Laura Dunn, Sports Delivery Worker for Warrington Disability Partnership, was on-hand to offer support. She said: “When I arrived at Spring Pool Fishery I was welcomed by Chris and we discussed what we would be doing during the day. The young people then arrived and were provided with all the equipment they would need for the session – including a box of maggots! – and all were then given the opportunity to try fishing.
Chris – along with the other guys from Lymm Angling Club – made the sessions fun and interesting and ensured everyone was involved and included. Advice and support was provided – when needed – within a safe and fun learning environment. By the end of the session everyone had been successful in catching at least one fish and it was surprising just how quickly the time passed! It was a thoroughly enjoyable few hours and all the young people commented on how much fun they had had and, more importantly, asked about when we would be doing it again!”
Lymm AC run regular junior sessions for anyone under 18 to come and try fishing. We have equipment and facilities to use. The next session is Sunday 31st of August from 10am till 3pm. For more information visit www.lymmanglersclub.com or call Chris on 07525360804.