Axis Foundation funds BDAA Junior Schools Fishing project in the midlands.

The British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) offers fishing opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults across the Midlands. Using a donation of £3320 from the Axis Foundation, they will be able to develop their BDAA Junior Schools Fishing Project. It is the first scheme of its kind in the UK and introduces children to fishing as an alternative outdoor activity.

Generosity from the Axis Foundation has made this ambition a reality – Terry Moseley, Founder

The funding will help hundreds of disabled children and young people. Harry Bowen, from Penn Hall School fishing club, commented “I love to be outside. I can now hold a rod all by myself and have also learned how to be a good fisherman. I like to go fishing with my friends, and I think I will be a really good fisherman when I’m bigger.”

Fishing is a fantastic way to experience the outdoors because it is a quiet, calming sport. It also benefits disabled children because of group participation, helping with engagement. Teaching children how to fish creates empowerment and provides a new hobby to enjoy with friends and family.

BDAA founder Terry Moseley said, “the Junior schools disability project has been a long-time milestone for the BDAA. Having such great support and generosity from the Axis Foundation has made this ambition a reality. Hundreds of children, teachers and families have benefited directly from this pilot project and we hope they will continue enjoying fishing in adult life. The funding has provided essential training for teachers and volunteers, as well as clothing, adaptive fishing equipment, transport costs and independence for the students. They now have an additional skill they never knew they could achieve through fishing.”

The project will benefit children with physical, learning, and sensory disabilities and terminal illness. By working with SEN Schools, the BDAA hopes fishing clubs can become part of academic structures in the future. To find out more, visit https://bdaa.co.uk/.