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Donington fisherman is launching a new angling club

An angler is hoping to ‘hook’ more people into the sport by launching a new club.

Donington Angling Club - which is the brain child of Paul Slator - is casting off in the village’s community centre on Wednesday, June 23.

Mr Slator has decided to launch the club in order to provide an activity for all ages and to give an opportunity to learn and boost mental wellbeing.

Donington angler Paul Slator is launching an angling club (48031682)
Donington angler Paul Slator is launching an angling club (48031682)

Experienced anglers, families and beginners over the age of 10 are invited to the first meeting and a competition is due to be held at Donington Brick Pit on Saturday, July 3.

Donington man Mr Slator, who used to run the village’s youth club, said: “There is more to angling than just a rod and line.

“You learn discipline, respect for the environment, the fish and understanding the weather. It takes away the stress and strain sitting there.

“A lot of people say there is nothing to do in the village. Donington is growing, with new housing.

“Lots of people are moving into the area. Setting up the club encourages more social interaction and enjoyment of life.

“Fishing is massive. More people fish in this country than play football.”

After learning he had an enlarged heart, Mr Slator decided to take early retirement from his job as a senior manager for the Mercedes dealership.

This prompted a return to the sport that he had loved.

Mr Slator said: “I used to be a keen angler and match fished for 40 years.

“I took up the sport last year. Before that the last time I fished was 22 years previously.”

He initially mooted the idea of launching the club amongst family and friends before suggesting this on Facebook and received a lot of interest from people across the community.

Mr Slator has signed up to the National Angling Trust along with raising awareness of the plan at Donington Parish Council meetings.

The club has received a grant from the council to fund safety vests for youngsters.

It has also secured a further £500 from the Bicker Wind Farm Trust to pay for equipment for the club.

Mr Slator said this money will help people without equipment to get into the sport.

He said: “We are going to do a ‘try before you buy’ scheme.

“If someone wanted to try the sport, they can borrow some equipment and once they are ‘on the hook’ they can buy their equipment.”

The first meeting will be held in the Donington Community Centre on Wednesday, June 23, from 7pm.

A second meeting is due to be held on June 30.

Mr Slator, who has lived in Donington for 28 years, said: “The idea behind the first meeting to tell everyone why we have set up the club and on that night I will be asking them to set up the committee.”

l For more information on Donington Angling Club please contact Mr Slator on 07483 880291.

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