Axwell Park & Derwent Valley Angling Association (APDVAA) have been awarded ClubMark, Sport England’s cross sport quality accreditation for clubs. They are the first game angling club in Tyne & Wear to achieve this prestigious award. APDVAA are one of five accredited clubs in the North East and this demonstrates a real commitment by the club to developing young anglers and providing high quality opportunities to local young people.
The Angling Development Board’s ClubMark scheme is based on a three year award system on which clubs are assessed annually on their ability to provide a safe, effective and child friendly environment in which young people can acquire and develop their angling skills.
Adam Brougham, secretary of APDVAA said “We have been working really hard to develop the club across a number of areas in the last 2 years. It is testament to the committee, qualified coaches and volunteers that we have gained accreditation and recognition for our efforts. The club is now in a position to offer young people and adults the opportunity to receive quality coaching and experience the excellent fishing available in the Derwent valley.”
Aidan Pollard said “this award is a major step in modernising angling in the Derwent Valley, the club now has the means to approach local schools and community groups with increased confidence for participants.”
Ben Thompson, Angling Development Board said “The club are working very hard to increase opportunities for young anglers to participate in angling. This award demonstrates a real commitment by the club to developing young anglers and providing high quality opportunities to local young people. The club are helping to develop angling within Tyne & Wear and are members of Tyne & Wear County Angling Action Group (CAAG). They are also delivering angling projects in their local community and have a number of very dedicated volunteers who are committed to seeing the club develop further”.