‘We can retain new anglers’ – Daiwa puts its weight behind UK fishing representative body
The representative body for anglers across England and Wales continues to attract the support of the big-hitters from within the industry.
Earlier this week the Angling Trust announced that Shimano UK had joined its ranks as a Trade Associate member. Now Daiwa has followed suit. The new agreement will see Daiwa play an active role in supporting the work of the Trust to protect waterways and the environment and promote angling by encouraging more people to take up the sport.
Stephen McCaveny (above), Marketing Manager for Daiwa Sports, said: “It is fair to say that until the last few seasons, for many anglers and tackle companies the role of the Angling Trust lacked clarity. Now there is no question that the actions and commitment of the Trust have had a substantial effect on the credibility and visibility of our sport, not just in the eyes of mainstream media, but importantly with our Government.
“During the last year, the world of angling has proved to be a ‘go to’ activity for increased numbers. In all its forms it has been the outdoor escape so many were seeking during the restrictions and it should be a key objective for us all to retain as many of those anglers as possible.
“At Daiwa we are now happy to invest in becoming a Trade Associate along with other companies, as well as the many anglers joining as individual members, too. We believe that this combined effort of memberships and the capability of the Trust can now assist retention of that growth but more importantly use that gain of momentum to promote a bigger, permanent foothold for angling.
“Daiwa’s global message of Feel Alive has never seen a more acutely appropriate time. We have long believed in angling as a lifetime sport for all, but it is the mental health and wellbeing value that has been recently underlined. This mindset has been expressed well by the Angling Trust and fits very closely with the Daiwa message.
“In addition, the Trust’s often unseen endeavours in protection and welfare of waterways, species and environment sees great synergy with our Be Earth Friendly ethos. We are hopeful that our membership and closer cooperation will further aid that success story that the Angling Trust is delivering.”
Jamie Cook (above), CEO of the Angling Trust, said: “There can be very few anglers who do not have in their tackle portfolio a rod, reel or piece of fishing equipment manufactured by Daiwa. Whether for carp, coarse, game, sea or predator fishing, Daiwa have been an established brand for anglers for over 60 years and the Angling Trust is delighted to welcome them as Trade Associate members.
“Daiwa’s philosophy to inspire a new generation of fishermen and women through a sustainable interaction with nature fits well with our own aims to promote the benefits of angling on physical and mental wellbeing and protect our waterways and environment for all to enjoy. We are keen to form strong links with all areas of angling and I look forward to working with Daiwa for many years to come.”