20 Jul 2023
How is urban fishing connecting youth with the outdoors?

Fishing was once the preserve of the rural middle class, but its reputation is changing. As more urban youth cast their lines in canals and park ponds, angling is fast becoming a popular pastime for all. How is it helping young, urban people maintain their mental health and reconnect with nature?

Clive Copeland is the head of participation at The Angling Trust. Copeland has over 30 years of experience working in sports development and participation. He joined the Angling Trust in 2012 to head up the participation team, where he is responsible for ensuring more people are fishing more often.

Sarah Collins is the CEO of Get Hooked on Fishing, an angling charity that helps provide positive opportunities for young people and communities. Collins is also a campaign champion of The Angling Trust’s We Fish as One community inclusion campaign.

Katy Davies is a freelance PR and media consultant. She's the campaign manager for The Angling Trust’s We Fish as One campaign.

Lottie Hanwell is a behavioural analyst at Canvas8. She has a degree in English Literature and Spanish, and spends a lot of time thinking, researching and writing about developments in society and culture. On her weekends, she likes to run, read and make a mess in the kitchen.