This note from the NCFFI:

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from experienced anglers/coaches to lead our Youth Teams to the World Stage in 2023 and beyond.

Youth Manager Gavin Walsh retired from the role this year. In 2012 Gavin took on a task that generations of Irish coaches had avoided and through his dedication and support we have youth teams on the world stage. Having returned for a second term in 2018, Gavin retires on a high having led the Under 20’s to the world championships in Slovenia this year returning with the Ireland’s first Youth World Champion. A fantastic achievement! On behalf of the NCFFI Executive and Ireland’s young anglers we thank Gavin for all his efforts and insight to youth angling sport.

Team Ireland 22. Front Coach James O’Doherty, Rhys Walsh, John Browne. Rear: Nick Richards (parent of Charlie), Donagh McSherry, Brian Clarke, Charlie Richards

We are now looking for an enthusiastic Manager who, with the support of the NCFFI Executive will lead the youth teams to the world championships over the next three years. Assisted by a dedicated manager/coach for each of the three age groups, if required, he/she will give young anglers the opportunity to progress their skills at this level whilst providing a pathway to international angling at senior level.

It’s desirable for applicants to understand our sport at international level but not essential as you will have the full support of the National Executive and Senior Team Managers. You must have Safeguarding 1, Basic Awareness (ROI) or Safeguarding Children in Sport NI as a minimum passing Garda vetting/Access NI checks before taking up the post. You should hold a coaching certification or be prepared to train, and will be required to attend meetings, budget and submit reports. This is a volunteer role but finances permitting, overseas team travel is subsidised.

If you think you have what it takes and want to get involved in the future development of our Youth anglers, please send your credentials for the role along with why you wish to take on the task by email to the secretary at [email protected]. If you would like to know more, please contact the Chair, and former youth manager Jack Tisdall at [email protected] who is happy to assist with any enquiries you may have.

Closing date for applications is 21st December 2022. After this time, we will plan opening days for aspiring young anglers, many of whom have expressed an interest in qualifying for the World Championships to be staged in Portugal in August 2023.

Interested parties should familiarise themselves with the NCFFI Constitution and Protocol & Policies specifically those related to Team Ireland and the NCFFI Safeguarding Policy and Guide found here