Angling for a better future at Thames Water Academy

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A student from Jack Petchey Academy during the trip to the Angling Academy at Walthamstow Reservoir

Thames Water’s Angling Academy in Walthamstow was the ‘plaice to be’ as 25 students from a nearby school went on an educational expedition.

Students from Hackney’s Jack Petchey Academy hauled in some huge fish and learned more about the reservoirs and water network.

The trip was part of a partnership between Thames Water, Jack Petchey Academy and Career Ready, an organisation that helps prepare young people for the world of work.

William Barnard, angling development and fisheries manager at Thames Water, said: “We’ve been hosting school visits for nearly five years at the Angling Academy, and it’s a great way to introduce local communities to the environment and to help them understand why water is such a precious resource.

“The Angling Academy is just one way we engage with school groups – we have other activities and education centres across the region. The students from Petchey were fantastic on the trip, and we look forward to hosting other schools in the near future.”

Students took a fun and engaging tour of two of the 10 reservoirs, which make up the largest urban wetlands, to learn about angling and fisheries management.

After touring the reservoirs the students went fishing and were then asked to help identify the fish and invertebrates they had caught during the tour. After, they enjoyed an interactive classroom session focusing on the challenges of building a new water network. 

The students also caught one of the biggest fish ever to be caught at the reservoir, a giant carp, and following the success of the visit, Petchey hopes to return to Walthamstow Reservoirs with more Career Ready students next year.

Muhammad Hussain, assistant year lead at Petchey, said: “Petchey and Career Ready aim to get teenagers excited about the world of work. The Thames Water experience did just that. It gave our students insight into the water industry as a career path and they are all now fascinated by the fishing. As well as having a deeper understanding of angling and fisheries management, our students now hold a new record for the biggest fish caught there – an added bonus.”