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TweedStart for Adults - Saturday September 22nd 2012
TweedStart is run by Eoin Fairgrieve for the Tweed Foundation on a non profitmaking basis to introduce all ages and social backgrounds to fly fishing.
TweedStart is much more than teaching people to fish. It’s also about making people aware of the importance of good habitat management and the environmental considerations in sustaining healthy river systems.
TweedStart has provided opportunities to angling clubs, those with access difficulties, women, children's organisations and the over fifty-fives and features at local events such as the Border Union Show.
TweedStart works closely with the education sector by integrating the project into the curriculum in primary and secondary schools throughout the Tweed catchment. Local schools host the TweedStart Roadshow and enjoy field trips to the TweedStart Teaching Centre at The Roxburghe Trout Fishery. Here they learn about all aspects of fly fishing and environmental education in a waterside environment.
During the course of the year, TweedStart runs approximately 40 education days, which are open to both children and adults. These days are professionally led by TweedStart's qualified Angling Development Officer, Eoin Fairgrieve A.A.P.G.A.I.
Aims and Objectives
To encourage participation in game angling throughout the Tweed catchment by local residents and visitors, with particular emphasis on youth development and inclusion for all.
To provide professionally-led introductory courses in fly fishing, fly-tying, insect recognition, water safety, environmental education and The Tweed Foundation’s objectives.
To highlight that participation in angling promotes a healthy active lifestyle and provides a focus for life-long learning and leisure.
To emphasise the economic importance of angling tourism and its contribution to the well being of communities within the Tweed catchment.
TweedStart is managed by a small Steering Group the members of which all have an interest in angling development, environmental education and support the aims and objectives of The Tweed Foundation.