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Royal Bank of Scotland and Environment Agency to sponsor National Fishing Week

The Royal Bank of Scotland and the Environment Agency have signed up to sponsor National Fishing Week for the next three years in a move which is expected to give a boost to the number of anglers either taking up the sport or returning to it.

The Angling Trade AssociationThe three-year deal, which is also being supported by the Angling Trade Association with a financial injection and the Government-backed Sports Match, is expected to secure National Fishing Week well into the future.

The sponsorship package - believed to be worth a total of 250,000 over three years - will help the Angling Trade Association to promote the sport of angling in the UK.

Vince ListerLaunched in 1992, National Fishing Week expanded every year until 2003 when lack of funds made it a very low key event. During its launch year it staged a total of 114 events, by 2002this had grown to over 17,000, thanks to hard work by its founder Vince Lister (right), colleague Ted Heathcote-Walker, members of the Angling Trade Association and a host of volunteer helpers up and down the country who gave their time to organise and oversee a wide range of events.

National Fishing Week's aims are twofold. Firstly, it aims to improve the lifestyle of disabled men and women, youngsters and the retired by introducing them to angling as an enjoyable, healthy, relaxing, therapeutic, environmentally friendly and rewarding pastime. Secondly, it looks to increase individual commitment to and participation in the conservation and enhancement of our countryside and water-based resources.

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