RNC and Dreamstore hook up for angling prize
Students from the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) enjoyed the crisp outdoors during winter 2014, taking part in the College Angling Club. Dreamstore, a charity that supports the aim of opening fishing activities to all, has generously provided a range of equipment for use by the RNC anglers.
Some members of the club have been fishing for a couple of years, others were new to the pastime and learnt skills such as baiting the hook with maggots, casting the line from the rod, and reeling in a fish. They also had to help each other reach the fishing pools through some rather boggy ground at times, due to the wet winter weather.
Barry Morris, Lead Pastoral Support Officer (and Chief Angler), said: “Angling engages the senses in a way that offers both a challenge and absolute achievement, making it an ideal outdoor activity for those with visual impairments.”
The RNC/Dreamstore Angling Cup for 2014 was won by Lucy Conn, the Club’s only female angler. The fishing season is closed in early spring, so we will have to wait to find out who will win the cup from Lucy when the Angling Club resumes.
Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC