Thanks for supporting our event, thought you’d like to know how it went, so I’ve written my thoughts down for you!
Foster Care Associates ( www.thefca.co.uk) held a "Fun Fishing Day" on Sunday 26th August 2007, for 6 of it's children in care. This was a pilot project organised by Steve Blake, an FCA foster carer. The venue was supplied by Scunthorpe Police Angling Club, at Blyton Ice Cream factory, near Gainsborough Lincs.
The children arrived at 10am with their carers. Clutching their free maggots supplied by Scunthorpe Tackle Centre, sitting on boxes supplied by Scunthorpe Police Angling Club, and using tackle heavily discounted by Cleethorpes Angling Centre the children were introduced to the magic of fishing by Steve Blake, Glen Gollings, and Paul Stringwell bailiff for SPAC.
The child friendly venue, was blessed with glorious sunshine and all ideas of free ice cream was soon forgotten when after just 5 minutes the fish started to be landed on the bank thick and fast. These children were new to the sport but their varying natural abilities were not hampered and the wide grins were a sight to behold!
These children's various difficult and emotional problems were lost for the next 5 ½ hours, and normally hyperactive and challenging behaviour was exchanged for deep concentration and focusing on the techniques that would enable them to catch that next big fish.
The "coaches" were delighted by the children's progress, and soon shared their time wisely to ensure that the children's potential was fully realized. The bonds built with the children were memories that these children will remember for months to come, and likewise the coaches.
Steve said" I was overwhelmed by the support and generosity of SPAC and when Paul Stringwell arrived there was an even bigger surprise, as he unloaded boxes of extra tackle from his car supplied by Daiwa and SPAC club members. This will ensure that my dream of making a difference to these children’s lives becomes a reality. Even the other carers, helped and donated money for the tackle, this was not at all surprising, as we are all one big family working for the FCA".
Each child finished the day with certificates and a 4 metre whip and rigs to start them in the sport.
With this overwhelming success, Steve is forming a club, and intends to extend the membership to children in residential units, social services and young people who are in the youth offending programme, one child previously in his care and in the YOP's system, has already taken a Duke of Edinborough Award with fishing as his chosen sport.
One thing is certain, I know 6 children who will go to sleep tonight, with a smile on their face and dreaming of those monster fish they are going to catch, and guess what, It will happen!
Our own Consultant, Brian Skoyles, popped in to support the event and can confirm the children had a great angling experience, and what can you say about the choice of venue ….. In the grounds of an Ice cream factory ….. Brian Skoyles’s idea of Heaven…. Fishing and Ice cream …. When is the next event?