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Fishing club for children launched in Upminster

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 May 2016

Steve Deare with Joe Baptiste

Steve Deare with Joe Baptiste

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Show a child a fishing game on an iPad and they'll be occupied for a moment.

Teach a child to fish and they might pick up a lifelong hobby.

That’s the intention by the Learn to Fish Carp Academy which is holding a series of half term sessions next week, in order to lure children away from the computer screens.

The class also offers the opportunity for children to learn how to set the hook, and choose the correct rod, fishing gear and tackle.

Held at Tylers Common Fishery, in Nags Head Lane, Upminster, Steve Deare, angling coach, said the workshops are a great opportunity to introduce children to fishing and how to do it.

He said: “Previously children may have been able to try fishing at local events but there has never really been an opportunity to continue in the sport which has such wonderful health and wellbeing benefits.

“Children will learn the basics of fishing from qualified coaches with the chance at landing a big fish to show their friends.”

Steve hopes the workshops will encourage children to spend time outside whilst learning a fun new hobby.

He said: “It’s also an attempt to get children from away from the computer screens and back into the great outdoors during the school holidays with one of the nations favourite pastimes - fishing.”

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