Fishing - Tackling Minds

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Tackling Minds uses the power of fishing and our community standing to raise aspirations and transform lives. We offer a unique alternative education service to schools and Local Authorities created for young people that are disengaged or have challenging behaviours.

We create a bespoke timetable using fishing as a springboard for young people to understand the basics of education in an exciting and unique way, whilst offering a healthy outdoor hobby that can last a lifetime.

Our programme is designed to develop the whole person and provide learners with the necessary skills to re-engage in their education, with social and emotional support embedded within the academic and practical sessions. We are the lead deliverers of the programme working under the guidance of awarding body, AQA.

Our programme is delivered by qualified licensed Angling Coaches and are designed to give support to the development of young people’s self-esteem, confidence and achievement. We provide an alternative learning experience in a calm, friendly, safe and healthy environment. They enable Anglers in all disciplines to develop at their own pace but with recognition of their efforts at each stage.

By using fishing as a medium, it allows young people to understand the basics of Geography, English, Science and Mathematics – weights, measures, geometry. We open up a world of aquatic conservation and preservation beneath our rivers, lakes and streams.

Our programmes give an integrated approach to achieving awards that provides the connection between practically acquired skill and an understanding of the environment in which the learned skills can be utilised. At each level, the units offer a mixture of classroom based learning opportunities and a very hands on approach to developing angling skills.

You’re invited to refer learners from years 7-11 who they feel would benefit from our Alternative Education Offer.

Please find Alternative Education Offer Brochure attached

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Who to contact

Contact Name
David Lyons
Contact Position
Alternative Provision Lead and Mental Health Lead
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Where to go

Boggart Hole Clough
Charlestown Road
M9 7DH
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Tackling Minds has a number of different venues throughout the North West to choose from. Please contact us and we will discuss a suitable location for your organisation -

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