Angling 4 All formed initially to offer a day service for people in local residential homes with learning difficulties. Three and a half years later, the club is a fully-fledged angling club with 28 members who have a range of disabilities but a common love of angling.

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We have supported the club to successfully developed a programme of volunteering for its members. Volunteers are the heart of the club and its members have volunteered at local and national events, including the British Transplant Games.

The club also provides coaching to its members to offer qualifications and new life skills. Terry is one of the dedicated volunteers with a learning disability, who has taken up this offer and will be starting his level 1 coaching course so that he can help others learn how to fish.

The club has recently received a Tyne & Wear Sport Club bursary for t-shirts and beanie hats for all its members to raise awareness of the club. John Aisbett from the club said, “Tyne & Wear Sport has been very beneficial for the club as they have sent me information about the different funding opportunities that are available, helping us move forward as a club.”

John spoke of high pride of the club’s message saying, “We don’t look at a person’s disability, we look at their ability. We forget about what they can’t do and put forward firstly what they are able to do. It’s a real pleasure to be part of this club.”