Coaching angling course for juniors

Angling Coaching Initiative is a joint venture with Kelvedon and District Angling Association, Maldon Angling Society and Braintree and Bocking AS that has just concluded its third year. 2020 of course was badly disrupted by the pandemic, but we still managed half our usual programme with carefully managed precautions against Covod-19. We usually hold coaching sessions throughout the May – September period on a variety of waters, split between the three clubs. Those enrolled will be welcome at all sessions, and we’ll cater for both novices and those who already fish.

The scheme is aimed primarily to bring juniors aged 8 to 16 into the sport whose parents do not fish but also to develop the skills of juniors new to angling. Parents or Grandparents are able to join as well. They do not need to be members of the KDAA, MAS or BBAS.

They are run by accredited Angling Trust Level 2 Coaches, Chris Burt and Graham Garnham who both hold Enhanced DBS checks, Safeguarding & Protecting Children, First Aid course etc.

A group of Voluntary Assistant Coaches from the participant clubs are full participants with the tuition. We are seeking more volunteer coaches – can you help?

We will be teaching them everything to get them hooked, from starter sessions using a 4 metre whip, onto full tuition on float rods, feeders and pole fishing. Every variation we can in fact, the aim is to capture their interest and give them a sport for life! Tackle will be provided, with modest fees to cover our costs.

Fred Merrin

2020 Update

This year owing to the Covid 19 social distancing rules coaching was suspended but is restarted in May 2020 on a limited basis following strict Covid-19 guidance.  Six dates were selected from the original 14 dates on the participating club waters, Including two on Seabrooks Reservoir.

ACI have now finished coaching for this season and are looking towards restarting next in May 2021 under much more ‘normal’ circumstances.

Details of all the coaching sessions are will be posted on the ACI website pages


Chris Burt Angling Coaching Initiative

3 Great Cob Chelmsford CM1 6LA


M 07917 781299