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THIS coming week is National Fishing Week, a week dedicated to the sport of angling. Hundreds of events being organised across the region. The week runs until Sunday, August 2 and aims to encourage newcomers to the sport to have a go, and invites those

THIS coming week is National Fishing Week, a week dedicated to the sport of angling.

Hundreds of events being organised across the region.

The week runs until Sunday, August 2 and aims to encourage newcomers to the sport to have a go, and invites those who have not fished for years a chance to take up the sport again.

There are events taking place at various venues around the region. Most are free and open for anyone, of any age, to attend.


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There will be qualified licensed coaches available at all the events to offer their advice and teach newcomers how to fish, or even improve on previous skills.

National Fishing Week is organised by the Angling TrustTrust.

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Roger Handford, of the Environment Agency, said: "The main aim of National Fishing Week is to improve the lifestyle of youngsters, men, women, retired or those with disabilities by introducing them into the sport of angling and also increase awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.

"The Environment Agency invests around �300,000 every year improving facilities for anglers across the region, so it's great for us to see new people enjoying the sport.

"We are installing fishing platforms, at various locations, to improve access for less able bodied anglers."

To find local events look at the National Fishing Week website at www.Nationalfishingweek.co.uk where participants can also register for sessions.

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