On Tuesday 15th January 2008, members of Angling For Youth Development are representing their organisation at the Kenmore Salmon Opening Celebrations on the River Tay in Perthshire. The event which raises money for charitable angling purposes is donating the proceeds of the day to AFYD.
Over 20 teenagers from East Perthshire accompanied by their instructors will be participating in a number of activities to help promote the work of AFYD and the sport in general. They are to be joined by a number of their supporters who include amongst there number AFYD patrons, Professor David Bellamy and Fiona Armstrong, representatives of Tayside Police, Tayside Fire & Rescue, Perth and Kinross Council, and staff from Blairgowrie High School where the AFYD modular angling course is being piloted.
A number of activities have been arranged to help raise funds for AFYD which include:
MacNab Guns, purchased in 2007 by the Cheshire Gun Room, are releasing a new range of shotguns and fishing rods on the day of the opening at Kenmore.
The new shotguns and rods will be used in:
The MacNab Challenge
Which consists of a Clay shooting, casting, and an air rifle shooting competitions held within the grounds of Taymouth Castle that day. All of the equipment used in the competitions is being provided by McNabs.
Each competition can be entered individually and prizes consisting of cut glass decanters valued at over Â£100 are to be presented to the winners of each discipline.
AFYD are running a Tombolla throughout the day that has a wonderful selection of angling related prizes and have had a number of auction lots donated for the charity auction held at the celebratory dinner that evening within the Kenmore hotel.
Also present at the opening are displays on the work AFYD undertakes in Scotland, notably a running presentation by Allan Suttie, Trout in the Classroom UK, about his work with primary schools, and Fly Tying demonstrations by Allan Bithell, who wrote the AFYD Fly Tiers Journal, which is one of the key components of the AFYD Game Angling Course. Allan will also be promoting his new book, Progressive Fly Tying, which compliments the AFYD Fly Tiers Journal.
At 1100 hours that morning Kenmore Primary School are to be presented with their Trout in the Classroom UK micro hatchery system by Professor Bellamy. It has been sponsored by the Kenmore Hotel and will be maintained and serviced over the coming years by AFYD instructors. Two pupils from Rattray Primary School who were involved in the pilot TITC UK / AFYD micro hatchery will also be present to tell the pupils of Kenmore Primary School about the project and what they have learned from it.
We would be delighted to meet on the day anyone interested in or looking to set up an AFYD programme and giving them further information about what AFYD do.