Braybrooke Community Nature and Fishing Club Success!
25th January 2019 Posted in Community News
On the 11th September a new project commenced at Jean’s Pond at Braybrooke Recreation Ground. The Satellite Club in partnership with Bracknell Town Council, Garth Hill College and Rise at Garth Hill College, held a successful course guiding the community but mainly young people aged 11 to 24 towards an Angling Trust recognised qualification. The Satellite Club and Get Berkshire Active who fund the project, wanted to give local young people the opportunity to engage in an activity that was rewarding, educational and involved them in their local environment.
The Cast course ran for 6 weeks and was tailored around the needs of the students that attended the course, some with high functioning autistic spectrum conditions. Some of the students on the course would initially not touch the bait or fish and were disinterested but due to the patience and care of the Bracknell Town Environment Wardens and qualified angling coaches, these students were completely engaged and at the end of the course asked to stay and fish alone.
Every young person that completed the course has been offered free fishing club membership that expires in 2020. Out of the 71 people that took part in the course, 42 have applied to join the main fishing club which is a massive step forward. The participants physical and mental health has benefited by actively taking part in a sport where previously they had no or limited opportunities. The positive effects of angling on mental health are well documented.
There is another project planned for early 2019 where the club would like to expand on their previous work by including more focus on the environment with the participants actively helping to improve the facilities at the club’s home site.