It's nearly the end of May and that can only mean one thing.
New Club memberships.
Yes, it's out with the old and in with the new. Parents will need to make sure their Juniors have a renewed club membership for our next event on 5th June so that they have insurance coverage. Memberships can be purchased using the new CLUBMATE system online, from local tackle shops or by filling in the downloadable form from the Club website, www.d-das.com and sending it and payment through the post. This is also probably a good time to remind you that any Juniors of 13 to 16 years, need to have a valid rod licence at all times. These are FREE and available from Post Office counters or from the Environment Agency online. Details of both are on the Junior website.
As you may have read in the Club news letter sent out on CLUBMATE, we are hoping to host a presentation evening on the 21st August at Weymouth Angling Clubhouse (Opposite the new Range in Weymouth). Obviously, we managed to get the trophies to our Juniors in 2020 via socially distanced or virtual presentations. But nothing beats having your achievements recognised in front of your peers. So, I would like to ask all those that received an award, virtually or otherwise, to return ALL of the trophies, including the small ornamental awards, to me by the beginning of August, so they can be represented at the AGM/presentation evening. Please make sure that the trophies are cleaned and sparkling before returning them. They were all new, so they shouldn't need too much polishing.
We are a few events into our year and, although things are moving along quite nicely, we still have a few 'old' faces missing from our sessions. We miss all our friends that we used to see regularly, but I don't blame you for not wanting to be out in this horrible weather we are experiencing at the moment. That and with everything else that has been happening lately. Hopefully, when the weather picks up, we will see some better numbers attending once again. However, if there are any previous Juniors that already know that they will not be returning, I would politely ask that you contact me to arrange return of any tackle or equipment that you may have borrowed on our Re-gen scheme. Returning the tackle will help us to get some new anglers started and would be much appreciated.
Feedback is all important to making the Junior coaching program work more efficiently. Nothing written in the program is set in stone and knowing which things work and those that are not so effective, will really mould the coaching into the right shape to benefit our Juniors.
I have had some interesting chats with a few parents so far and they bought up some good ideas.
Some of the suggestions has made me think that we might need to address some simpler activities, and to trim the difficulty level back a little further on some sections. I didn't want to make it so easy that it was an insult or too boring for those with a little previous knowledge. But by doing that, some skills have been highlighted as an assumption and may need some addressing for future participants.
If anyone has any ideas on how we can improve our coaching or the program, then please let me know and we can see how the process can be altered to suit requirements if necessary.