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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all

Angling Unlimited

Hooked on Fishing…
 
Andrew Walker, Managing Director of Angling Unlimited, explains how working with Open College Network West Midlands to develop the Hooked on Fishing Open College Network West Midlands Education Programme is providing some life changing opportunities for vulnerable young people.  
 
“Through our intervention using the Open College Network West Midlands Education Programme we provide young people with the opportunity to change and escape the potential of a life of crime”.
    
Andrew Walker, Managing Director Angling Unlimited.
 
Angling Unlimited, which is a charity based in Bournville, Birmingham, provides support to vulnerable young people who are referred to the programme because they are at risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour and/or crime outside of school.
 
      
 
Fishing is a sport that differs from some other sports because the focus is on individual achievement rather than team achievements. It is a calm, ‘chilled and relaxed’ activity although planning and strategy are important. Fishing appeals to some young people who find other sports less appealing and also because being calm leads to greater success when catching fish.  Young people who find this challenging such as those with ADHD are motivated to stay still and calm and this has a knock-on effect in their overall behaviour.   
 
“We chose to work with Open College Network West Midlands because they are a trusted partner who understood from the outset what we wanted to achieve and made the whole process to accredit the course easy and cost effective for us”. 
 
Andrew Walker, Managing Director Angling Unlimited.
 
The Open College Network West Midlands Education Programme provides young people with the chance to demonstrate their knowledge through competence rather than writing.  This helps to improve their sense of achievement and results in them building on this sense of being able to succeed by applying it to other areas of their lives such as in school.  The programme also demonstrates that the more effort they put in, the more likely they are to succeed and, by applying this to other activities, they are successful. 
 
The Open College Network West Midlands Education Programme also enables students to learn a variety of subjects linked to the school curriculum such as numeracy, literacy, geography and biology.  Students also learn a number of personal skills such as communication, team work, forward planning, discipline and organisational skills.
 
“ It has been good to see that through the data we have collected the vast majority of young people on our Hooked on Fishing Open College Network West Midlands programme have benefitted from improved confidence and self-esteem, calmer behaviour and have made new positive friendships.  All of which has helped them to stop their involvement in anti-social behaviour and/or crime.  We have received excellent feedback from both Teachers and students showing the difference the course has made and how students have been helped to re-connect with their education”.
 
Andrew Walker, Managing Director Angling Unlimited
 
        
 
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