Rural Skills - Learning a different angle

26th June 2009 at 01:00
Blairgowrie High has become the first school in Scotland to offer a new national qualification in angling.

The course in game angling has been developed by Angling for Youth Development and is comparable to a SVQ Level 2 ((Standard grade CreditIntermediate 2 equivalent). Over eight modules, it covers the history of angling, equipment, fly fishing, wildlife and environmental law as it applies to fishing, water safety and the river eco-system. Practical sessions will take place at a nearby local trout fishery.

It will become part of the curriculum at Blairgowrie High at the start of the 2009-10 school session, available to pupils from S3 upwards, before being offered to all schools throughout Scotland over the next year. Pupils will study with certified local coaches and school staff who have a keen interest in angling.

At the launch of the qualification last week, AFYD's patron, David Bellamy, gave the opening welcome. "Scotland is the open university of field sports and AFYD is now the crowning glory," he said. "This is a unique opportunity for the young people in the area to develop their skills and knowledge, and appreciation of the environment."

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