Knossington Grange Therapeutic School is a school for boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The carp fishing academy first started taking the boys out to the schools lakes, but now offers the chance for the youngsters to fish at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues. Following the success of this, the academy began to take the boys over to France to fish for bigger carp and has now resulted in a yearly residential trip to France.
The schoolboys get more than just time on the bank from the Camo Carp Academy, they also gain a qualification in Angling and the Environment.
Three years ago, the academy started working with renowned carp angler and Taska consultant Keith Williams. Keith took time out to sit with the boys and teach them how to correctly use a baitboat and different baiting situations and rigs. Keith also expressed his interest in becoming more involved with the school and has now joined them on three trips to France, numerous weekends away and works two days a month with a class, teaching the Fishery Management course.
The academy believes Keith to be a huge asset and a fountain of knowledge as the boys enjoy sitting with Keith in a non-formal environment and chatting about rigs, tackle, the angling trade and fish which he has caught in the past.
Taska MD; Steve Tasker spoke about the sponsorship of the school ‘Our association with The Camo Carp Academy is fantastic. I strongly feel that we need to give back to the community and if these lads show an interest in the sport, then they should be given the knowledge and resources to develop the talent further – it’s a fantastic cause and highly beneficial for all involved.’