Schools Fishing Experience - Bradford Community Play & Development Service

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Fishing has many benefits that children can benefit from and in particular now, given the trail of destruction that COVID -19 has left us with. Please read below for further information and to see details of our first Schools Fishing Session delivered with Dixons Allerton Primary Academy School.

On Friday the 16th October the Bradford Community Play & Development Service were delighted to host a bespoke Schools Fishing Session at Farview Fishing Lakes in Bradford for 8 Year Six pupils from Dixons Allerton Primary Academy School. 

Upon arrival the pupils were briefed about the site and expectations, including the new covid safe protocols and strict government guidelines that were put in place to ensure the safety of everybody involved. A brief fishing demonstration was then provided by our experienced tutors and following this, the pupils were allocated a shared fishing peg, each pupil with their very own tackle and bait.

Throughout the duration of the two hour session, the pupils demonstrated an incredible amount of focus, patience and concentration with a clear and obvious understanding of a new found skill. As their confidence built, so did their desire to make the most of their opportunity and their collective team work resulted in landing and returning safely to the water......... 39 fish of varying species in just 2 hours!!! 

Emmett McGowan - Primary PE / Nurture Co-Teacher wrote the following testimonial...

"Thanks again for Friday, it was a fantastic trip and experience for our boys. Like we explained, the 8 boys that we brought can occasionally struggle to concentrate and focus in school and this sometimes causes behavioural issues. However, the way they all responded to fishing and their behaviour, concentration and patience throughout the morning was exemplary. 

You and Caleb were brilliant, very welcoming and calm which had a great impact on the boys- they listened and were able to learn and gain a great experience.

We will definitely be looking to come back!!! 

Thanks again"   

The Bradford Community Play & Development Service would like to place on record a huge thank you to Dixons Allerton Primary Academy School for providing this wonderful experience for their pupils and our Service.

Finally, we would like to thank the pupils who attended the session for their impeccable behaviour and conduct throughout the session. Their attitude and willingness to learn alongside the key components needed for fishing, patience, concentration, focus and resilience were evident to see. The pupils were an absolute credit to Dixons Allerton Primary Academy School and we hope that this bodes well for the future within their education.

If your School would like further information or to book one of our Schools Fishing Sessions, please contact :

Lee Clapham via email at or speak to Lee on 01274 435499 / 07582 101571.

Please visit Bradford Community Play & Development Service Facebook page for further information about our Service.


Published: 02/11/2020
Audience: Headteachers, Assistant Headteachers, Teachers, Outdoor Learning Mentors
Contact: Lee Clapham

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