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Kids: Get hooked on fishing this summer!

19 June 2017
Mid Ulster District Council has launched a series of fly and coarse fishing schools taking place across the district in July and August.
The fishing courses are part of Mid Ulster District Council’s programme of summer activities, and are being organised in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Ufish Coaching, Moyola Angling Association and APGAI Ireland.   
For those who want to dip their toe into the water, there are free coarse angling taster sessions (each lasting 25 minutes) happening on Friday evenings throughout July from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Dungannon Park. 
The first fishing course in the series is a 3 day coarse angling school taking place from Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th August, with morning and afternoon sessions running from 9.30am – 12.30pm, and 1.30pm – 4.30pm, at Dungannon Park’s 12 acre freshwater lake. Suitable for children aged 11 and over, the course will give participants an opportunity to try out angling and gain some practical coarse fishing experience, all using the expertise of qualified instructors. All angling equipment is supplied and it is suitable for beginners and improvers. 
The second fishing school (also suitable for children aged 11 and over) to take place is a fly fishing school at Bradley’s Lake, Tobermore from Monday 7th August to Friday 11th August from 10am to 2pm. Qualified instructors will be on hand to give advice on techniques. All angling equipment is supplied and it is suitable for beginners and improvers.
Speaking at the launch of the summer fishing schools which took place at Dungannon Park this week, Mid Ulster District Council Chair, Councillor Kim Ashton, said:
“I’m delighted that the angling schools organised across Mid Ulster in our beautiful green spaces, that are ideally equipped for fishing, are available this summer. They will allow children, particularly older ones, to unplug from technology and connect with nature in relaxed and safe environment. 
“Fishing, as well as being an enjoyable way to pass the time, can teach new skills such as respecting others and the environment, balance and coordination and of course, patience!  It could be the start of a lifelong interest for many, so I would encourage those unsure to give it a go!”
Costs are as follows: Bradley’s Lake (£25); Dungannon Park (£15) and Dungannon Park taster sessions (free). For all courses (excluding the taster sessions) £5 deposit secures a place and family group discounts are available.
For more information on all angling events in the series and to book a place, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/parklake , contact Dungannon Park on 028 8772 8690 or email parks@midulstercouncil.org .

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Cllr. Kim Ashton getting some tips from Philip Jackson of UFishing Coaching, in advance of the Mid Ulster angling courses taking place in Council parks this July and August.
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