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IFTD: Schools programme picks up second award

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Katie Cole, Programme Director for the NFSP, with the IFTD award.

The National Fishing in Schools Programme (NFSP) has – for the second consecutive year – been recognised with an award at IFTD.

It has scooped the Best Youth Specific product for 2012 thanks to its newly designed ‘Cas Target’ series of educational tools. These feature life-like photographic images of three different pristine settings depicted on a stand-up, frame-supported target – a freshwater pond, wilderness stream and inshore saltwater scene.

Teachers of the NFSP curriculum, ‘Cast a Fly, Catch a Student’, may now utilise an additional backdrop to teach pupils about habitat pertaining to various fish and fly species.

The NFSP is currently deployed in more than a dozen states in the US and is growing. The 10-day course enables students to earn educational credits while learning to fish, tie knots, cast and explore aquatic entomology, conservation and stewardship.

Randi Swisher, IFTD Show Director, said: “ This realistic representation of aquatic habitat is a prime example of the quality of the NFSP curriculum. It will be applauded by teachers, students and all who appreciate excellence in outdoor education. We are excited to recommend such an incredible educational resource for teaching fly fishing to America’s next generation of enthusiasts.”

With support and funding from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, the NFSP hopes to reach 500 schools across the US and teach 225,00 youths by 2015.


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