Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:14

Angling Trust seeking coarse anglers for England under 18s youth assessment trials


The Angling Trust is looking for talented coarse anglers who would like to apply for the England under 18s youth assessment trials.

Angling Trust is looking for talented coarse anglersThe U18s Youth World Championships are due to be staged at Coruche, Santa Justa, in Portugal from 6th – 7h August 2016, and a team is required to represent the Angling Trust and team sponsors, Sensas  for the under 18s.  Last year saw Sensas Team England U18s dominate their event held on the Smederevo Steelworks canal in Serbia to take team gold.

Where and when

The Angling Trust Sensas Team England youth assessment trial for the under 18s will take place on Saturday 9th April 2016 at The Willows Fishery in St Albans.  Applicants must have been under 18 years of age on 31st December 2015 to apply.

Applicants who are invited along must impress the Angling Trust Sensas U18s England Manager, Steve Sanders, who will be looking for talented anglers who have the ability to fish under pressure and to international rules.  Anglers must be proficient at big waggler fishing at 40 – 50 mtrs range, pole fishing for carp, barbel and mullet, and whip fishing for bleak.

All competitors will be fishing to full international rules. 

How to apply

Anyone wishing to apply for the assessment trial must complete an England youth assessment trial form by contacting Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager at the Angling Trust.  Email:, or telephone: 0115 9061 301. 

Completed forms must be returned by no later than 6th March  2016.

Application forms have automatically been sent to anyone who applied for the assessment trial last year.    

Dick Clegg, OBE, International Events Manager said:

“Because of the new age limits issued by FIPSed for the youth groups it will be the last trial for an under 18's  squad.  From 2017 we will see this category increased to under 20's which will give anglers selected for this   year’s team a chance to trial for a further two years before moving up to under the 25's. The new youth groups will become Under 15's Under 20's and Under 25's from 2017.

We should also see a slight competition rule change in 2017 with the under 20's becoming a 4 hour match and the pole limit being increased to13 mtrs provided my recommendation to the technical committee is accepted.  The rules for the other age groups to remain unchanged.”

Source: Angling Trust Fishing News

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