Tuesday 10 December 2002

Press Release


Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn MP has given the green light for the British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) to become the organisation that will provide access to angling for nine million disabled people.

The Minister has confirmed that all sporting activity for the disabled is to come under the umbrella of the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), who have indicated the first point of contact into the sport will be the BDAA - their present partners in angling.

"All disability sport will be channelled through the EFDS and that includes angling," said the Minister at a recent meeting in Stoke on Trent where he spent the morning listening to a number of presentations on the Stoke Angling for Everyone (SAFE), City Waters Advisory Management Group (CWAMG), Get Hooked on Fishing and BDAA."

"There are nine million disabled people out there who should be encouraged to take part in sport including angling and the Government believe the best people to take the word to those people is the EFDS, who will select and work with selected partners in each sport as consultants," added the Minister.

And confirming the BDAA is their chosen partner to take sport to the disabled, the EFDS Sports Development Manager Mahesh Patel said, "I am delighted with the decision of the Minister and Sport England to place the development of sport with EFDS, and as far as angling is concerned we would primarily work through the our partnership with the BDAA."

Confirming the EFDS policy, Chief Executive Colin Chaytor said, "The EFDS now recognise the BDAA as an official partner in the provision of increased and improved sporting opportunities for disabled people, and the BDAA will be solely responsible for the development and delivery of these programmes in the future".

Speaking on behalf of the BDAA, a delighted Director Peter Thompson commented, "the news comes at a time when the Environment Agency A has agreed with the BDAA the opportunity to send an information leaflet to every one of the 61,000 people who last year received a concessionary licence."
"In addition over the next five years the BDAA will commence an inclusive angling programme which will widen opportunities for disabled people to access the sport of angling. It will increase the numbers of disabled people that go fishing as well as enabling those participating at grass roots level to go all the way to international representation through elite performance pathways," added Peter Thompson.

The British Disabled Angling Association is the successor to Angling Link which was formed in 1996 to promote the cause of accessible angling. Since the change to the BDAA the organization now receives enquiries from all over the world. At the moment there are more than 2,500 members, and the organisation receives more than 300 telephone calls and e-mail enquiries each day, with a website which receives over 1,000 hits per month from non-members.

For more information contact: Terry Moseley telephone: (01922) 860912