Rotherham teenager lands a big one at national fishing awards

Thomas Moule, 17, of Newman School, Rotherham, receiving his Fishing 4 Schools award.
Thomas Moule, 17, of Newman School, Rotherham, receiving his Fishing 4 Schools award.
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A Rotherham teenager landed a big one at an awards ceremony celebrating the success of a scheme to promote fishing in schools.

Thomas Moule, aged 17, a pupil at Newman School in the town, won a Fishing 4 Schools’ Champions Award at the event held at the House of Commons

He received a medal and certificate from Countryside Alliance chairman Kate Hoey MP and the director of the programme, Charles Jardine.

Thomas said: “It was really fun and peaceful learning to fish with Fishing 4 Schools. I really enjoyed making the fish I caught into fishcakes and I think I’m a better cook than my mum now!”

The scheme provides short angling courses at schools across the country, aimed at 14 to 18-year-olds who might not respond to traditional classroom-based learning.

Thomas was nominated by deputy headteacher Katherine Ryan-Murray.

Mrs Ryan-Murray said: “Thomas approached the day with enthusiasm, engaging fully in the new experiences.”