Who We Are

Fishing futures was established in November 2006 by a group of anglers and representatives from local community and statutory bodies.

The group were keen to replicate the success of a “Fishing Futures” project in Blackpool in the UK set up by another like minded angler. The project aimed to provide young offenders with an alternative skill which would allow them to deal with social exclusion and isolation. Advice and guidance was sought from a Mr Des Chew Eastern Regional fisheries Board, on developing a sea angling programme for the Wicklow region. Many local groups have utilised the angling programme over the past few years.  These include Arklow Youth Reach, Wicklow Way Project, Springboard Arklow ,Wicklow Child and Family project,  Wicklow Traveller group, Festina Lente, East Wicklow Youth Services, Tiglin T.C.I.( Teen Challenge Ireland) Ashford, Co Wicklow, and Failte Isteach, Wicklow.  Over the last number of years anglers from the local Wicklow Traveller Group have developed their angling skills to such a level that they are now an integral part of the “coaching Team”.

The Fishing Futures group affiliated the project with the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers through the establishment of an angling club “Cill Mhantain Sea Angling Club” The angling club provides all the members with access to provincial and national angling events and more importantly provides insurance for the club activities. Currently all monies for the operation of the project are lodged with the Wicklow Travellers Group and accounts are audited as part of this organisations overall financial accounts. The Board of the Wicklow Traveller Group has representatives on the steering group of the project.

Main Activities and services

Fishing Futures has become more than a fishing project. It has brought together various local community groups for the purpose of teaching the skills of angling.  The “CEART” centre has become the focal point for meetings, trace making, planning events, and integrating socially excluded members of our society.

All elements of angling are taught through the project and the successful yearly angling trip is the culmination of all the input from coaches and anglers. The main activities include:

Trace Making

Bait Supply and preservation

Safety at Sea

Healthy Eating

Competitive Angling

Basic Angling Skills including casing, reeling unhooking fish

Night Fishing

Fish Identification.

During the last three years the fishing futures project has seen many local groups availing of the service.  The latest groups being “Tiglin” T.C.I. Ashford, Co Wicklow, and “The Vault”, youth centre, Arklow. The demand on the volunteer anglers has increased, however the workload is now shared by a number of anglers representing the Traveller community.  Last year one member of Traveller community was successful in a Leinster Provincial competition. Boat trips to the West coast of Ireland for two of the groups have become the highlight of the year.  Assistance was sought from the Local HSE dietician in developing healthy meal options for the trips. In 2009 the manager of the Youth Reach Arklow group made a presentation to the Joint North South Environmental Health Officer Associations annual conference with a view to show casing the project to encourage other areas to setup similar projects.

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Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status (CHY. No. 11870). Registered in Ireland Number 248913
Charities Regulatory Authority number (CRA) 20033576

Directors: Isobel O’Duffy (Chairperson), Brendan Hyland (Assistant Chairperson), Máirín Kenny (Company Secretary), Aileen Cussen (Treasurer), Kathleen Snell (Assistant Treasurer), Kathleen Berry, Ian Daly, Mary O’Brien