EFTTA hands out €12,000 in Youth Grant Scheme
EFTTA has donated a total of €12,000 to six organisations as part of its annual Youth Grant Scheme.The six have each received the maximum €2,000 in funds following the EFTTA Board meeting in Vienna last week.
Each year the EFTTA Board sets aside 15% of its profit in order to support youth fishing projects across Europe.
The successful 2011 grant applicants are:
1. Fiskekorkort – Sportfishing Driver Licence (Sweden)
During the Sport Fishing Fair, the Swedish Game Fair and the Elmia Game Fair youngsters are encouraged to take part in the Sport Fishing School. The project teaches children between the ages of seven and 12 about fishing, how fish live and the ethics around angling.After ‘graduation’ they get a ‘Driver’s Licence’ and gift bag – worth over €40 – which contains a fishing rod, lures, DVD and magazines.
Sponsors: SPOFA €5,000 and EFTTA €2,000.
2. Junior Sportfish (Serbia)
Youngsters are taught all about fishing, including habitats, conservation and practical demonstrations. The scheme includes an initiative where rubbish is collected in the coastal area of the protected Jegricka River.
Sponsors: Mont Press and Ribosport MM €2,000 and EFTTA €2,000.
3. Fish with a Friend Campaign (Finland)
The main part of this scheme revolves around National Youth Fishing Day where children fish for free on lakes across Finland and are given special tuition. After the event the participants are presented with Finnish-made lures.
Sponsors: FinlandiaUistinOy, KuusamonUistin and Wake Fishing €2,000 and EFTTA €2,000.
4. Fish and River Experience (Germany)
Children from the cities of Siegburg and Siegen take part in excursions to the River Sieg to learn about fish fauna and river restoration projects.
Sponsors: Pro & Con €2,000 and EFTTA €2,000.
5. Environment and Fishing for Youth Groups (Germany)
A project aimed at teaching youngsters about entomology and the need for clean waters. Participants are educated on the water and also taught how to tie flies and fish. Over 150 groups take part.
Sponsors: Rudi Heger GmbH/Traun River Products €2,000 and EFTTA €2,000.
6. Future Anglers (Sweden)
A scheme that encourages anglers to take young people fishing to create a new generation of anglers.
Sponsors: SPOFA €3,300 and EFTTA €2,000.