Get Hooked On Fishing
Get Hooked on Fishing (GHOF) is a registered charity that provides positive experiences, life skills and opportunities. Using mentors and coaches we engage young people in a range of angling-based activities and initiatives that are proven to develop their personal and social skills and improve their relationship with the community.
Established in 2000 to prevent young people from choosing a life of crime, we have a proven track record of delivering social inclusion, improvements in school attendance and educational achievement.
Why angling? *
Angling intervention programmes can produce a genuine transformation in behaviour and can improve outcomes across the breadth of disadvantaged young lives.
Key characteristics include:
• Drawing in disaffected young people through their fascination with the ‘otherness’ of fish and the excitement of catching.
• A mixed range of activities that maintain interest, including sports coaching, environmental education, community restoration projects, peer mentoring.
• Participating in activities within greenspaces has long been associated with improved wellbeing and is thought to reduce attention fatigue and facilitate mental restoration. Water has also been associated with improved self-esteem and mood.
* Source:Angling and Young People In Their Own Words: Young People’s Angling Experiences The ‘Added Value’ of Angling Intervention Programmes. Dr Natalie Djohari, January 2011