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School angling programme launched at Bloemhof Dam
Tuesday, 08 November 2011
In a bid to ensure the flow of tourism benefits to local communities, Bloemhof Dam, on the Vaal River on the border between North West and Free State, has embarked on a programme to bring the sport of angling to the local people.

More than 12 countries have participated in global angling championships between 2008 and 2010 at the dam. The 2008 World Carp Angling Championships involved 15 countries, while the 2010 17th Ladies World Match Angling Championships saw 12 participate.  These events have led the way for the initiation of the Schools Angling Legacy Programme by the South African Freshwater Bank Angling Federation, which will aim to bring the sport to the local community.

The social responsibility programme’s long-term goal is to have the top-performing schools form angling clubs to compete in national leagues – and, in time, be sponsored to become part of the national Proteas Angling Team.  At this level, they would be eligible to participate in the world championships.  Another goal will be to convert subsistence anglers in the North West Province to participate in the sport.  Since the start of this year, 80 children and teachers have been exposed to coaching clinics and workshops.

The programme has been supported by provincial and national stakeholders and the National Lottery Fund, and has received approval from the Department of Education. “Bloemhof Dam is rated among the biggest dams in South Africa, and therefore we have a responsibility to ensure the flow of tourism benefits to local communities while hosting national and international angling competitions and championships,” said North West Parks and Tourism Board CE, Allan Losaba.

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