Coaching Overview

As a Clubmark club, Godalming Angling Society is run to the highest of standards and this means that all our coaches are licensed and hold an appropriate 1st4Sport coaching qualification, have undergone recognised and relevant Safeguarding and Protecting Children training, recognised First Aid Training and have also been DBS (formerly CRB) checked.

The Angling Trust, as the National Governing Body for angling, strives to ensure that all young anglers are able to participate in the sport in a safe and friendly environment.  The Trust works with organisations such as the NSPCC, Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and Sport England to implement procedures to encourage clubs, fisheries and other organisations to appoint only those who have been appropriately trained and checked to work with young people and vulnerable adults. We work in close association with the Angling Trust to ensure we comply with these standards.

The Angling Trust runs a coach licensing scheme which ensures that all licensed coaches hold an appropriate 1st4Sport coaching qualification, have undergone recognised and relevant Safeguarding and Protecting Children training, recognised First Aid Training and have also been DBS (formerly CRB) checked.  Any concerns raised about a coach before and during their time as a licensed coach are investigated with the support of the aforementioned agencies, and where appropriate, the police and children’s services. 

Here at Godalming we aim to provide a safe and fun environment for all our members and visitors and you will see from other pages on this website that our fisheries management policies will provide good sport for all. 

Initial coaching is carried out on our training pond, Hill Pond, which is stocked with a large quantity of coarse fish including tench, crucian carp, roach, rudd, perch and gudgeon which vary in size. There are 7lb tench and 3lb crucian carp as well as good quality roach in a pond only 1m deep. This makes it extremely safe but provides an excellent chance to catch fish. It allows us to teach a variety of methods. 

From there we can take anglers on to our other lakes which can provide different challenges from large carp to specimen sized tench, crucians and rudd. 

Each year we put together a programme of coaching events designed to develop techniques and improve chances to catch. Please see our coaching news for details of this year’s events. 

We also provide community coaching for local schools and council welfare departments as well as personal coaching for individuals or small groups. For details of these or any other coaching matters please contact our head coach. 

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