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New project to get Wirral's disabled hooked on fishing
10:19am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A NEW project has been launched to help disabled people with an interest in fishing to take up the sport.
Royden Park Project, working in partnership with the training organisation Angling 4 Positive Futures, is now offering places on 'Hooked On Royden', an introduction to fishing for people with disabilities.
People taking part learn to fish in a supportive and supervised environment, on the peaceful surroundings of Roodee Mere, in the park.
Participants learn about equipment and techniques, and about the countryside code.
People can also gain qualifications through the AQA training and education organisation.
The aim is to teach students a skill, while enabling them to relax and enjoy the countryside with friends, carers and family, who can also come along if they wish.
Royden Park project manager, Mark Humphreys, said: "Fishing is a sport that almost everyone can take part in, regardless of their age and disability, and the social aspect has health and wellbeing benefits too.
"It's early days yet, but we've had a lot of interest, and we're indebted to the support we’ve received from Angling 4 Positive Futures, who are the real experts, and will be helping us supervise a lot of the sessions."
The Royden Park Project is based at Royden Park, Frankby, and run by Wirral Council.
Students build skills, confidence, and self-esteem through learning horticulture, woodland management, and now, fishing.
To find out more call Mark Humphreys on 0151 678 6151.
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