ANGLERS on Wearside are celebrating after reeling in new funding.
Washington and Harraton Angling Club have been given £150 from Tyne and Wear Sport’s (TWS) Club Bursary Scheme.
The cash is now set to go on new spawning brushes.
Richard Gray, chairman of the club, said: “We needed these brushes to assist our lake stock in their breeding and make sure they had somewhere safe to spawn, so we’re expecting a bumper crop of coarse fish later in the year. The grant already seems to be having an effect, as our lake at Mount Pleasant in Washington is now teeming with fish!”
Almost 50 clubs in the area have been awarded a share of a £10,000 funding pot from TWS to buy new equipment, market themselves more effectively and increase participation.
The clubs who have secured cash come from 22 different sports including archery, tennis and swimming.
A second round of the Club Bursary Scheme is now open, with a further £10,000 of funding set to be allocated to applicants over the summer months.
Clubs can apply for up to £500 of funding.
Jade Mackie, club development manager at TWS, said: “We’re acutely aware of the on-going struggles that clubs face in this tough financial climate so we’re delighted to be able to offer them this funding.”
Clubs can find out more about the scheme and complete an online application at www.tynewearsport.org.