Les Webber MBE, founder of award-winning Angling Projects and stalwart supporter of recruiting young people into angling, has accepted an invitation to become the Patron of the Kevin Green Angling Academy (KGAA).
The Academy was officially launched at Puddledock Farm Fishery, Upminster in August 2014, initially providing a number of National Fishing Month events and then going on to creating an education and training programme. It works with people with disabilities, including ex-Forces personnel suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, adults with learning disabilities, social inclusion projects for disadvantaged youngsters, youth offenders and children who have been excluded from school.
Kevin Green was the editor for the hugely successful Improve Your Coarse Fishing magazine before his untimely death at the age of 40. He also worked on television with Sky Sports on various programmes and had written a number of books. Kevin was an enthusiastic and charismatic angling coach and educator, and he gave a huge amount of support for National Fishing Month and other major coaching initiatives.
Martin Roessler, Chairman of KGAA, said: “The charity and its education programme have been set up in honour of Kevin’s love of our sport. At every point we aim to put Kevin’s beliefs into action by promoting angling in a positive, inclusive manner through education, thereby providing angling opportunities for everyone.”
On agreeing to become the Patron, Les said: “It is an honour and a privilege to become the first Patron of the Academy. Kevin visited Angling Projects in Berkshire on several occasions during his short life, and he was an inspiration to everyone who met him. I wish the new Academy every success now and in their future endeavours.”
Les has also kindly donated a large amount of tackle to the KGAA projects on behalf of Angling Projects.
Martin added: ‘The donation of tackle by Les has been extremely generous and hugely appreciated. It just shows how both charities (KGAA and Angling Projects) can work together to the benefit of young and would-be anglers. We are delighted that Les has agreed to come on board, and the Academy is looking forward to following Les’s examples of using angling to promote the wellbeing of others.’