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East Staffordshire fishing club reels in a £500 funding booster

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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AN East Staffordshire angling project that works with youngsters through fishing has netted a funding boost.

The Fishing In Safe Hands (FISH) 2013 group has been awarded the £500 grant for its weekly sessions with youngsters in Needwood, near Burton, from the people power fund set up by Staffordshire police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis.

The cash will help pay for more services to be offered in the area.

John Anderson, Fishing In Safe Hands' head coach, said: "FISH 2013 is a community group set up to take young people into the countryside and allow them to experience the sport of angling.

"We work closely with schools and other organisations to ensure we offer our club benefits to as wide an audience as possible and we have been directly involved in helping young people to get their lives firmly back on track.

"We rely totally on funding from grants and sponsorship.

"The grant from the commissioner's people power fund will ensure we can offer our help and services into the future."

The police commissioner is providing £500,000 in 2014-15 through the fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000.

Mr Ellis said: "I have significantly increased the funding that areas in Staffordshire have to make their communities safer.

"The people power fund puts half a million pounds back into local communities and is easy and simple to apply for.

"Projects like Fishing In Safe Hands are engaging young people who may not be involved in mainstream sport and teaching them important skills."

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