Angling Trust critical of plans

The Angling Trust has criticised the Government after the Trust a suspended national angling competitions for two months.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 2:20 pm
National competition has been suspended for two months.
National competition has been suspended for two months.

Government guidelines mean those in tier 3 areas are unable to travel outside those zones and cannot compete on the national stage.

Martin Salter, Head of Policy at the Angling Trust, said:“The Government clearly hasn’t thought this through properly as it’s a nonsense to think that competitive grassroot sports, like golf, angling and many others, can operate properly if confined within tightly drawn local council boundaries.

"It’s one thing being restricted to an entire county but quite another if people are told they shouldn't leave a built up urban area to take part in a safe, socially distanced sport like fishing.

"You can’t have many grassroots sports without grass and we certainly can’t expect anglers in these areas to welcome or respect travel guidance that is illogical and unfair. For many outdoor sports people in Tier 3 the new regime is actually worse than the recent lockdown.”