Seeing what a roaring success it was last time around, i.e, 8 years ago(!!!), I don't think they'll be rushing off to the printers for more forms any time soon!
The National Angling Alliance was an 'umbrella' organisation of different angling organisations working together and moving towards unification.
Individual anglers were unable to become members of the NAA directly, or have any individual say in the work and governance of the NAA.
The Angling Trust is something very different.
Rather than different organisations working together, they are combining into one organisation, with one membership and a single pool of resources. The delivery of the unification that was the primary purpose of the NAA.
Individual anglers will be able to join, and to participate.
Whether such unification delivered through the Angling Trust will be a 'roaring success' will largely depend upon the support and (perhaps more importantly), the involvement of people committed to the future of angling expressed in all of its disciplines. Something that all anglers should have a part in.
Hopefully, the combined membership, the single 'voice' and the more efficient use of funding will make for a far more effective representation of all anglers' aspirations.
Should it fail through lack of support, then there will be no NFA, no ACA, no SAA, no NAFAC, no NFSA to turn to.
Smaller organisations who have previously been represented through the larger bodies will have no one to turn to deal with the important issues which constantly arise, and which offer opportunities, challenges and dangers for the sport that is our passion.
That is not a prospect that should be relished by anyone with any degree of glee!
Edited by Leon Roskilly, 19 December 2008 - 01:37 PM.