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Fishing is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, including those with disabilities. Everybody Can Fish run small group angling sessions around Cambridgeshire where you can learn a new skill while enjoying spending time outdoors in nature.
This activity is good for wellbeing because
- fishing is a good way to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life – spending some peaceful time outdoors can give you space to unwind and de-stress;
- learning something new can give you a confidence boost;
- fishing in a small group is a sociable activity – you can spend time with people in a friendly space where there is no pressure to chat.
“It was amazing to see both of the boys sitting in one place peacefully, I normally have to chase after them!” Anna – parent of two autistic children.
How to contact
Where to go
Milton Country Park
What to expect
Everybody Can Fish run group angling sessions in Cambridgeshire, led by a Level 2 Licensed Angling Coach. They run courses at Milton Country Park a few times per year where you can work towards the Angling Trust’s introductory ‘Get Fishing Awards’. There are three levels, each involving a one-hour session. Upcoming courses will be listed on the Milton Country Park website.
Alternatively, you can book Everybody Can Fish to run a private session for your group, either at Milton Country Park, or at a fishing venue nearer to you. The private sessions can be for 1 or 2 hours, and are normally run for groups of around 5-6 people, but up to 8 people can be accommodated. Contact John on [email protected] or 07747152258, he will be able to give you more information about the sessions, and advise on group size and timings.
For both the public and private sessions all equipment will be provided, you will just need to wear outdoor clothing suitable for the weather. The session will begin with a short health and safety talk, you will then help to catch and net fish. You will learn how to safely unhook and handle a fish and return it to the water.
Everybody Can Fish is a not-for-profit community group. It has been approved by the Angling Trust as a Get Fishing for Wellbeing provider, meaning that healthcare providers can prescribe sessions to people who are experiencing health and wellbeing issues: https://anglingtrust.net/getfishing/getfishingforwellbeing/
All staff and volunteers at Everybody Can Fish are First Aid Trained and DBS checked, and they have safeguarding policies in place. Coaches have completed qualifications in Youth Mental Health.
In June 2023 June lead coach John Pope received The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the community.
Everybody Can Fish is also part of a programme called Reel Education, a free resource available to primary schools throughout the UK. For more information visit this website.
There are free taster sessions at fishing venues around the county at various times of the year.
There is a small charge for most group sessions. If you organise a private session you will need to pay a small charge to cover the cost of the fishing venue and the bait.