Angling Trust Daiwa Schools National Championship 2011

The Angling Trust Daiwa Schools National Championship was held on Wednesday 20th July 2011 at Hallcroft Fisheries, Retford with 21 teams of five young anglers per team taking part.
The winning Valley School team with Sandra Scotthorne.

Cool overcast conditions met the competitors at the draw. Fishing took place from 10.30am – 2.30pm with a lot of good catches on the pole with maggot, pellet and worms working well, and catches being a lot higher than last year. All the competitors had a really enjoyable day fishing and luckily the rain kept at bay until after the presentations, with prizes awarded by Daiwa consultant Sandra Scotthorne.

Valley School from Worksop won the title for the fourth consecutive year running with a total of 107 points in the team classification. The team consisted of; Liam Ainsworth, Lewis Robinson, Robbie Moore, Dean Northage and Oliver Hipkiss. This is an incredible achievement for Valley to retain the gold medal for the last four years.

In silver medal position was Carlton Community College from Barnsley with 89 points. Their team were; Courtney Hyde, Jake Aspinwall, Tyler Parkins, Connor Wilkinson and Jordan Hudson. In third position with 87 points was Dinnington Comprehensive School from Sheffield. The team consisted of; Jack Cardwell, Reece Kiernan, Joe Bird, Luke Tongue and Thomas Kirkham.

In the individual classification Lewis Robinson of Valley School won the Individual title to retain it for the second consecutive year with an outstanding winning weight of 14.58kg on peg B14 Moat Outer. In runner up position was Courtney Hyde aged 11 who only started fishing a month ago with another good weight of 12.98kg on A14 Moat Outer. In third position from Bennerley Business Enterprise College was Tom Worsop on peg D4 Bridge Outer with 12.29kg.

A new trophy that was introduced this year was the Geoff Woodcock Memorial trophy presented to the highest placed girl in the competition. This was presented to Courtney Hyde, who also finished as 2nd place individual.