The Club established the Junior Angling Club together with the K&DAA to introduce youngsters into the art of angling, teach them about the aquatic environment, and allow them to gain an appreciation of outdoor activity and the wider environment. Subsequently its activities have been expanded to include all age groups wishing to partake in angling. It has a dedicated coaching team and is able to offer a variety of coaching opportunities, not only for juniors but also for adults.

The junior arm is Clubmark accredited, has a number of fully qualified and licensed Level 2 angling coaches and two Level 1 coaches. As part of the Licensed to Practise Coaching the club coaches are:

  • CRB checked
  • Qualified in emergency first aid
  • Trained on the safeguarding of children
  • Trained on equality in sport

In addition the Club has a number of volunteers all of whom have been fully CRB checked by the sport’s governing body, the Angling Trust.

The Club also holds occasional open days for families and non-anglers to come, try their hand, and enjoy.

For the last few years the Club has run a series of sessions for Rotherham Youth Clubs and is looking to expand upon this with school groups and other parties. Feedback from these sessions, below, suggests that they have been a real success.



I cannot thank you and the rest of the team enough for the time and effort you all put into this partnership. The lads have learned new skills, respect and discipline as they fish and they have all progressed and gained in confidence and self esteem, as a staff team we are really pleased with the young men’s change in attitude and their eagerness to learn. Jean Simmons of RMBC Children & Young People's Services recently wrote to thank the club on behalf of the juniors from Herringthorpe Youth Club.
I would like to thank you on behalf of myself and the partner agencies that I work with for your recent fishing events held at Ravenfield ponds. All the young people expressed how much they enjoy the sessions. Fishing with the tuition you provide is an excellent method to help divert young people away from crime and give them something positive to focus on. It also teaches them respect for the environment and other anglers. All the tutors that you provided were patient, kind and extremely knowledgeable and I hope that you will pass on our thanks to each of them. P C Craig White, Police Young Persons Partnership Officer
Using funding from the AHRC Connected Communities programme we ran a project to explore the benefit of fishing for young people and to look at how fishing helped young people’s resilience. The project ran for one year (2013) and involved a group of young people learning to fish with the angling club. The project team included academics from philosophy, education, English and the creative arts. The fishing project has been found to increase young people’s ability to stay calm, to focus on particular skills and to acquire wisdom and expertise. We found that the fishing project supported young people’s ability to cope with life, and gave them skills in angling. As an education project it was excellent, and there were wider benefits for young people, as this quote from Kirsty, 13, shows,

The thing with fishing, projects like this, it gets kids off the street instead of – kids my age can be sat by the side of the riverbank instead of being out late at night. When they are sat by the side of the riverbank they are like, admiring the nature of the place. Fishing ain’t gonna solve a problem but for the amount of time you are doing fishing it takes your mind off a problem, because its focusing on what you are doing. (Discussion November 2013)

Thank you to all the coaches at The Phoenix and Parkgate Junior Angling Club and the youth service in Rotherham, as well as to the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme for supporting this project.Kate Pahl, Professor in Literacies in Education, School of Education, University of Sheffield

This is just a few lines to thank Martin , Ken , Dennis and Terry for all your support with our service and young people , over the last few months. Your professionalism is first class, and the dedication you show is fantastic. I will contact you in the new year to set up some sessions at wath ypc , before we start fishing again.     Thank You  again! Alan Perry, Children and Young People's Service, RMBC

Become an Angling Coach

Becoming a qualified coach is a rewarding experience. There are three ways to get involved in our junior development programme:

Coaching Assistant

No formal training is required, as a coach assistant you will help out at coaching events and assist all qualified coaching staff in their duties. This can include anything from maintinence of tackle to assisting participants. All coaching assistants are CRB checked by the Angling Trust.

Assistant Coach – Level 1 Angling Coach

Studying to become a Level 1 Angling Coach gives you the skills to plan, deliver, and review angling coaching activities whilst working under the guidance of a Level 2 angling coach.
Read more about the Level 1 Angling Coach qualification

Senior Coach – Level 2 Angling Coach

Once qualified as a Level 1 Coach you can progress on to Level 2 which will train you on how to oversee coaching sessions.
Read more about the Level 2 Angling Coach qualification

If you are interested in becoming an angling coach with Phoenix & Parkgate Angling Club please contact us.


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