Cast North West

Transforming young lives through angling

Martin’s parents came to this country four years ago as economic migrants from Hungary. Martin found it very difficult to adjust to life in this country and struggled with school. In the first twelve months of his education in England, Martin was excluded from two secondary schools and removed from mainstream education. It was at this point that Martin was judged to be too much of a risk to other pupils in his alternative provision and was referred to Cast North West.

“There’s been a massive transition over the three years since we joined Sported.”



    Cast North West uses angling as a tool to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour, develop respect and self-esteem, and break down intergenerational barriers.


    To overcome the worst of the British weather, Cast North West built the UK’s first indoor fishery, complete with stocked ponds, classrooms, a canteen and office. The facilities have enabled Cast North West to offer a range of Alternative Education provision, combining pastoral care and mentoring, with angling and horticultural-based training, education and qualifications.


    The sport of angling is particularly suited to helping young people with behavioural or learning difficulties, especially those with ADHD. By removing them both physically and mentally from the stresses of their day-to-day environments, angling helps to strengthen their ability to concentrate and control impulsive behaviour.


    It’s these factors that helped Martin to turn his life around. During his time at Cast, Martin really began to progress and embraced the educational element of the course, passing his Level One award in Fisheries Management. The qualification includes a lot of practical tasks, which have given Martin transferable skills to take into the workplace.

How Sported helped

Sported volunteer mentoring

Neil and Cast North West became a member in 2013 and he was soon paired with Sported volunteer Dave Walton to help him take forward his vision for the charity.

With a wealth of management experience and connections, Dave worked closely with Neil on a broad range of operational issues – acting as a sounding board for ideas and helping him plan and prioritise actions.

“Having someone to ask the questions, someone to guide you through and give you that experience has been a god send and made things a lot easier” says Neil.

Dave Walton, Sported volunteer:

“Neil as a person has developed into a far more confident project manager than he was. He always had it in him, but it was more about helping him break tasks down and opening his eyes to how he could expand Cast North West quickly, whilst minimising the associated risks. It’s helped him make decisions, get the right people around him and we’re now beginning to realise the huge potential Neil and the charity have.”

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