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Wildfowling

Wildfowling
April 25
08:06 2018

WEB3-25-04-18Youngsters and securing the future of wildfowling

By Meadowbury.

LIKE all modern-day clubs, Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association (GWA) realise that junior members are the future of our organisation. With the current membership ageing in line with national trends it really is time to do something about it, now!

Ask any of my generation for ideas and I get the stock reply that today’s youth is only interested in their mobiles, the internet and the latest online game. I guess some of them are that way inclined, weren’t we all distracted at one time or another? My own sons both found girls and beer in their teens but both have returned to fowling and fishing as they’ve matured, one more so than the other, but it’s good to have them back.

I’m convinced if we as fowlers take the time now to introduce the younger generation to our wonderful sport they will hold it close to their hearts for a lifetime. Even if they never return to it they’ll at least understand it and maybe even defend it. With these thoughts in mind, GWA set out to see what we could do for both current and future junior members.

Firstly, junior membership was made available up to age 21 instead of the usual 18. Then membership fees were capped at the current junior membership rate for BASC plus the cost of a Wildlife Habitat Trust stamp; a combined price of £34 for the 2018/19 season. This enables those going on to further education the chance to remain with the club and perhaps get out over the holidays or whenever they are home.

 

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