Get hooked on Fishing Scotland
Coordinator Profile - Heather Lauriston Tel: 07544066974
Get Hooked on Fishing Scotland is managed by Heather Lauriston. Heather is a Level 2 fully licensed coarse angling coach based at Magiscroft fishery. A keen match angler who competes in Scotland's top fishing leagues, titles claimed include Scottish Ladies champion and Orchill Ladies Champion. Heather has been selected to represent Scotland as part of the SFSA ladies shore fishing team. Heather specialises in coaching kids with special educational needs.
She also holds the post of SFCA Equity Officer and through this works at breaking down any barriers which may stop minority groups fishing. Heather's passion for fishing is highly infectious and along with her Dad Tommy who also coaches for GHOF at Magiscroft have been a huge asset to the success of GHOF along the central belt.
Surrounded by mature woodlands and located right on the Solway Coast, fifteen minutes from Carlisle and Dumfries, the Broom Fisheries has been expanding over the years to provide anglers with exceptional coarse fishing. Five waters dedicated to coarse and match fishing, together with a fully stocked tackle shop, caravan & camping site, toilets and ample parking adjacent to the waters. Broom Fisheries was established in 1995 and this family run business continues to ensure that this popular Scottish fishery is at the cutting edge of the sport.
Joe is a champion for the project. He was the first graduate from the first GHOF project at Broom, becoming the first peer mentor. On leaving the education system, he successfully completed a Get Ready For Work programme where he achieved work experience skills which progressed towards a Modern Apprenticeship in Customer Service.
He has changed from a very quiet shy boy, into a young man who has a real talent for working with people from all backgrounds and all age groups. He easily achieved his SVQ in Customer Service Level 2 and Level 3 qualification. During this time he has also completed a UKCC Level 1 coaching qualification which included first aid. Through all this training he has kept up to date with his work responsibilities and his attendance is exceptional and a credit to his attitude, dedication towards learning and shows respect to Broom Estate Management.
During this last year Joe has worked with young people with behavioural difficulties to Adults with learning difficulties at all ages and abilities. He has a natural ease with people and is able to work with them on their level. Many of these people, particularly the young people, have achieved goals they would not have achieved otherwise without Joe’s involvement. The groups are not always easy to prepare for – numbers, issues and weather conditions – Joe takes all this in his stride and has a good nature to adapt to all scenarios.
All his hard work was rewarded at the end of 2013 when he was nominated by Scotland Co-ordinator for Dumfries and Galloway Council Rural Champion of the Year 2013 which he successfully won and his case study was utilised as Inspiring Scotland evidence for their support to GHOF, Scotland.
Magiscroft has over 150 pegs on seven waters well stocked with a wide variety of coarse fish species - custom built by coarse anglers for coarse anglers. With a top quality cafe, bait & tackle shop and secure parking in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Mostly GHOF fish out of 2 of the 7 waters – top pond which is fully accessible as it has no fixed platforms all round which makes for a great coaching location and can accommodate up to 20 anglers.
Magiscroft is centrally based near to Cumbernauld so is utilised by contacts in Forth Valley, North+South Lanarkshire, Glasgow city centre and Stirlingshire – being only about 20minutes away from all these locations. It is a tranquil urban base.
The Scotland Project - key partners
Get Hooked on Fishing Scotland works closely with the following partners:
News / Events
GHOF Scotland partners up to help young get HOOKED over the summer:
GHOF Scotland has been delivering Taster Sessions at Broom Fishery in Annan for the past couple of months to around 20 very happy young people. Newly appointed Regional Manager Jonathan Duncan told us, ‘It was fantastic to see that the hard work put in by our partners to make this happen has paid off so quickly. It’s such a good start to Get Hooked on Fishing, Dumfries and Galloway and GHOF Scotland.
John and Carole at Broom Fisheries have been especially supportive and helped give the programme a kick-start. Mick Watson (founder of GHOF) and Ian McKinnon helped the coaching and delivery and Inspiring Scotland, our funders, have backed us to the hilt. The Scottish Trout Association ( STA) represented by Lawson Devery, and Iain Bell of Buccleuch Sporting, have also given invaluable assistance in getting things on the move. Annan Academy, Dumfries Council and Daiwa are all supporting the programme.
Pictured to the right is Dean McKenzie from Stranraer – he travels an hour and a half to be part of tthe programme, so he must be keen! Dean says that fishing ‘sure beats playing Xbox 360 or hanging around town doing nothing’. Now Dean is ‘hooked’ he is helping to set up our new Young People’s Club, held at the Broom every Saturday between 10am-2pm. Contact Jonathan if you are reading this and know of anyone that would like to help out as a volunteer or any young person interested in coming along to the Saturday Club. Jonathan’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspiring Scotland have announced that Get Hooked on Fishing in Scotland will be in their initial investment portfolio.
The 14:19 Fund investment will develop a flagship base of operations for the first Scottish scheme at Broom Fishery in Annan, with a view to extending this successful model into Scotland. Targeting young people aged 14 and over who are at risk of social exclusion, recruitment will initially be from across Dumfries and Galloway. Get Hooked on Fishing is aiming to become self-sustaining through providing fishing goods and services.
Get Hooked on Fishing Scotland is very open to people wishing to gain further Youth Work experience or angling knowledge by way of volunteering. Anyone wishing to do so can contact Jonathan directly for further information.
The first 8 Professional Anglers Association coaches in Scotland. We would like to give something back to angling. We are also the coaching providers to the Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling.
Dumfries & Galloway Council
Dumfries and Galloway Council is Scotland's third largest local authority covering 2,380 square miles and serving a population of 148,030. The Council provides a diverse range of services and details of these can be found on the Council website www.dumgal.gov.uk
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