« Back


01/01/2022 - Latest News

Next season CAPS in association with the Angling Coaching Initiative (ACI) are looking to introduce some coaching to the club, both for Juniors (and adults), Covid Permitting!  You will see the dates in the club handbook and on the website under the match/work party section. These sessions will be run at Olivers. As mentioned this will be run with the ACI who have run junior and family coaching days since early 2018 and have successfully run a full programme every season, including during the lockdown. Further details can be found at https://www.colchesteraps.org/coaching 

This is aimed primarily at Juniors and their parents/family, but with so many anglers returning to the sport during the lock-down, we will try to offer some limited extension to adults too.

So we are looking to establish a new, additional ACI coaching team based at CAPS. Are you able to offer at least some days during the season to help with the coaching? Even if you can only volunteer for a few days a year that’s fine. If you want to coach more regularly then we’d be delighted to help you though taking the Angling Trust Level 1 then Level 2 qualification; the latter entitles you to run your own events. We have taken 5 volunteers through to L1 and 3 are just now concluding their L2.

It’s highly satisfying seeing students’ progress through from their first ever fish to competently fishing completely by themselves, and progressing to become anglers for life. 

ACI are currently the only major voluntary junior coaching organisation in Essex, if it hadn’t been for the tragedy of the Covid virus last year the ACI would have been swamped with applicants, there is far more demand for coaching than one team of coaches can possibly provide. 

Chris Burt from the ACI, whose details are below, is continually looking for more volunteers to coach, can you help? Beginners particularly need a high 'coach to student' ratio of 2 to 1 so the more volunteers we have for an event, the more people we can take. We’re looking for volunteers to come along to any or all of our events, to learn how we do things and progress from there. You’re welcome to phone Chris to discuss if you wish, or go to our website https://anglingcoachinginitiative.co.uk/ to see how we approach this. CAPS Match Secretary Andy Howard is heavily involved with the project too and has experienced the coaching first hand last summer so alternatively you can speak to him as well.

The more volunteers we have the more people we can help, and its great fun too. Look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Burt - ACI Chairman 
Mobile 07917 781299
Email [email protected]