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Why Are There Not More Woman Anglers?.

The Joint Angling Governing Bodies aim to find out

The Joint Angling Governing Bodies (JAGB), supported by Sport England and the Environment Agency, is holding a one-day conference on Saturday 19th March at the Sport England National Watersports Centre in Nottingham to answer the question How do we get more women and girls into angling?

Chaired by well-known fly-fisher Anne Champion, the purpose of this conference is to give the attendees an informative overview of how sports such as Rugby League, perhaps the bastion of male dominance, have allowed women and girls to successfully join their ranks.

The conference will include workshops to explore how fishing can benefit from the experience of these other sports. How can we encourage more women to take up angling? What part can each of us, our clubs and our angling organisations play in achieving this?

Keynote speakers include Vanessa Brown of the Women's Sports Foundation who will explore 'What stops more women coming into sport'; Jackie Sheldon (1st4Sport) 'Breaking the Barriers': a perspective from Rugby League and Lynda Lythgoe who will look at Role Models in Angling. Maggie Petch of the National Federation of Anglers will give a conclusion.

Malcolm Hanson, Development Officer for the Salmon & Trout Association, declares: Many women have expressed an interest in going fishing yet only 5% of all participants are female. The issues are by no means unique to angling and we believe that, by examining how other sports and activities have overcome this problem, we can create an effective template of our own.

Conference Details Venue: National Watersports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham Date: Saturday 19 March 2005 Time: 10 am to 4 pm Registration: Malcolm Hanson on 01672 511628 Open to everyone No charge
The Joint Angling Governing Bodies (JAGB) comprises the National Federation of Anglers, the National Federation of Sea Anglers and the Salmon & Trout Association.

The JAGB deliver a first class coaching, angling development and ethics programme endorsed by 1st4Sport, Sport England and SportsCoach UK and it works to ensure Good Practice and Child Protection and to make the sport socially inclusive.

For further information: Glyn Williams National Federation of Anglers tel. 01909 501030 David Rowe National Federation of Sea Anglers tel. 01364 6444 89 Malcolm Hanson Salmon & Trout Association tel. 07801 064418

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