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Pupils go fishing for new skills
Pupil tries fishing
The NFA hopes more children will think about careers in fishing
A new qualification which teaches schoolchildren about fishing and the environment is being introduced at a school in Nottingham.

The course has been set up by the National Federation of Anglers (NFA) and aims to help children with various skills, including maths and English.

Pupils will learn about water cycles, the food chain as well as weights and measures needed to be a good angler.

Angling has become the UK's most popular sport, according to the NFA.

'Guardians of water'

Keith Dyson, humanities teacher at the River Leen School in Bulwell, said: "This course will help them learn about subject areas including geography and biology which they would find difficult in a traditional classroom environment.

"We have done a number of angling activities in the school already and they really engage with the students."

Julian Taylor from the NFA said: "Anglers look after the environment.

"We're teaching kids about the best way to look after fish, how to respect them and safe handling.

"We're perceived as the guardians of the water and don't want to harm the fish in any way," he said.

He added the NFA hopes all schools will eventually offer the qualification to help more people consider a career in the fishing industry.


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