Get Hooked was set up in 2000 by Mick Watson, then a policeman in County Durham who used angling, his own passion, to engage local young people in a rewarding activity that would divert them from anti-social behaviour.
Durham Agency against Crime delivered the original scheme and its success in improving school attendance rates and involving participants in positive alternatives to criminal behaviour resulted in interest from politicians and local agencies across the country.
Get Hooked on Fishing
By 2004 there were a number of schemes running in England and Wales and Get Hooked on Fishing Charitable Trust was formed as an umbrella organisation to co-ordinate and support them, develop new initiatives and partnerships and assure quality and standards.
In February 2010 Get Hooked on Fishing, a charity and limited company, took over the unincorporated Charitable Trust, retaining the same objects.
What do we do
Get Hooked provides an umbrella structure for the twenty or so Get Hooked on Fishing schemes that now run in England, Scotland and Wales. Some schemes are based on coarse fishing, some on sea angling and some on fly fishing.
The Trust works with partners such as the Environment Agency, the Angling Trust, the Angling Development Board, Positive Futures, charitable trusts, central and local government to promote the value of angling for young people who are troubled or who have special needs. It provides direction and guidance to local schemes, all of whom must sign up to the Get Hooked on Fishing Chartermark Standards.
Most importantly, we seek to engage with local communities, particularly those who have high level of economic or social deprivation, and seek to involve them in determining the particular nature of the activities undertaken.