This article takes a look at disability fishing locations and clubs in the United Kingdom.
Today there are a number of organizations worldwide that promote angling for disabled people and encourage fisheries to provide suitable access and facilities.
Most disabilities do not prevent people from still going fishing as there are now aids and equipment that range from a simple extension to a landing net to reach the water to hand-built specialist aids for amputees that enable even the most severely disabled person to participate very successfully in this recreational sport.
British Disabled Angling Association - Promotes the cause of coarse, sea and game fishing for disabled people in the UK. Coaching - specialized equipment - platforms - access - help and support.
English Disabled Fly Fishers - If you are a fly fisher and you feel your enjoyment has been curtailed by disability, or you would like to try fishing for the first time, the English Disabled Fly Fishers may be able to help. The English Disabled Fly Fishers were founded in 1980 by a small group of disabled fly-fishing enthusiasts from the Leicester area. Since 1980 the organization has grown steadily, with members from almost every county in England joining.
Scottish Disabled Fly Fishing Association - SDFFA can be contacted for advice on any aspect of angling for the disabled. Although the name suggests 'game' angling they also work closely with Scottish coarse and sea angling associations. Contact John Brice on 01475 568607 or email email@example.com
The Wheelyboat Trust (www.wheelyboats.org) - A registered charity dedicated to providing disabled people with the opportunity and freedom to enjoy waters large and small all over the UK. Wheelyboats provide their disabled users with the dignity of their own independence: they make the entire water accessible, are simplicity itself to board via the roll-on, roll-off bow ramp and the level deck provides access to every corner of the boat including the helm.
Reels on Wheels (www.reels-on-wheels.org)(UK) - Their primary aim is to help and encourage disabled and less able anglers to get back into fishing and to encourage as many people as possible to take up fishing as a recreational, outdoor activity. Their secondary aim is to help and encourage clubs and commercial fisheries to improve access for all anglers, irrespective of their (dis)ability, wherever practicable.
Essex Disabled Angling Club (www.mercuryuk.moonfruit.com) - The club has been running for five years and is now a registered charity. Their aim is to make fishing available for everybody by not discriminating between gender, age, creed or disability. They also encourage able bodied persons to fish and help those less fortunate than themselves.
The Wey Valley Disabled Anglers Association (www.wvdaa.demon.co.uk) - Formed in 1985 and became a registered charity in March 1986. The association, founded by disabled anglers for both disabled and able-bodied helper anglers, provides fishing and fishing competitions for our disabled and able-bodied members alike and promotes Disabled Angling wherever possible.
Scottish Lame Ducks - Club run by disabled anglers for disabled anglers. Organizes competitions and fun days. Members represent the club at all major Scottish angling competitions. Tel: 01383 881476
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