Campaign plays tribute to sporting parents by John Dory

Campaign plays tribute to sporting parents by John Dory
THE National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and AnglingNI have joined forces with more than 100 sports organisations in the UK and Ireland to promote Parents in Sport Week next month October 3-5.

The initiative seeks to to raise awareness among coaches and officials of the crucial role parents have in helping children participate in and enjoy sport. Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University, who studies parental involvement in sport, said, “Without the support of their parents and carers, the opportunities for children to engage in sport and reach their full potential will be limited.”

Parents in Sport Week hopes to change the conversation and remind everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to youth sport. The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at

“From Olympic athletes to grassroots players there is consistent agreement that parents are most important in initiating involvement in sport and supporting long-term positive engagement,”said Anne Tiivas, director of the NSPCC.

North Down has many well run angling clubs. It offers good fishing along its coasts and has excellent trout fisheries at Movilla in Newtownards and Donaldson’s in Hollywood. A day’s fishing is reasonably priced and coaching is available on request at fisheries and through AnglingNI and Go Fishing NI.

A heaviest bag competition was fished at Movilla Trout Fishery, near Newtownards, on Sunday. The winner was Bob McMillan with nine fish for 22.25lbs. Second was Russell Thompson with nine fish for 15.75lbs and third was John Williams with four fish for 9lbs.

“The lake fished very well given the blustery conditions with many fish falling to small flies,” said manager Keith Duncan.

Meanwhile the splendid Mount Falcon hotel in Mayo is hosting a lunch next Wednesday, October 5, on behalf of the charity Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland which provides support, fun and fly fishing for women with breast cancer. The afternoon begins with pink champagne and is followed by a two-course meal by award winning chef Daniel Willimont. It finishes with a fashion show by KALORA. Tickets are priced at 30 euro and can be purchased by calling 00353 96 74472 from Northern Ireland.

A typical Movilla rainbow is taking small flies as autumn closes in. (click to enlarge)
September 26, 2016 / by / in

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