Professional Anglers Association (PAA) coaches Tony Forman and Dave Brown, together with directors Roger Smith and Paul Forman, worked tirelessly over the weekend of The Big One Show to raise £683.86 for charitable purposes. The tackle raffle they ran was in aid of the Angling Participation Fund, which finances worthy angling causes throughout the UK.
During the two days the coaches were in the hot, tented venue they had a hectic time keeping on top of the raffle, making up a never-ending stream of prize bags and dealing with general coaching and fishing enquiries.
Paul said: ‘It was a cracking couple of days. The team at The Big One really know how to put on a great show, which was packed on both days. Thanks to the numbers of visitors coming through the doors, we raised an outstanding amount of money for the Angling Participation Fund.’
Paul added: ’Huge thanks also go out to the Angling Trades Association (ATA) members who supported our raffle by donating prizes. We had some wonderful goodies to give away from Angling Direct, Fishing Republic, Fox International, Les Webber’s Angling Projects, Pure Fishing, Reuben Heaton and Svendson Sports. Their support was very much appreciated and undoubtedly helped us exceed our fund-raising goal.’
The Angling Participation Fund is a not-for-profit company that has been created by members of the ATA to encourage and secure contributions from both the trade and outside revenue sources in order to provide financial support to angling projects and initiatives across the UK. The company is currently going through the process of becoming a registered charity, and it is hoped that this will be achieved shortly.
The Professional Anglers Association (PAA) is a major support organisation for a nationwide network of fully qualified, accredited and licensed angling coaches, who themselves recruit and teach thousands of new and budding anglers each year. If you are a fisherman and would like to know more about becoming an angling coach, please visit the PAA website www.paauk.co.uk or the Angling Trust website www.anglingtrust.net, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.