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Advice for clubs, fisheries & other organisations

Our guidance for clubs & fisheries on how to resume fishing safely during the COVID-19 health pandemic. These guidelines are designed to help you prepare for phase one of our plan to make angling compliant with current Covid-19 regulations.

Last updated: 21 August 2020

Implementing Phase One & Revisions

Managing the number of people at your venue
  • You should consider how many people each venue can safely cater for. There are no government rules with regards to peg spacing other than standard social distancing. Fishery Managers and Match Organisers should use common sense and do everything possible to ensure that pegs are as sensibly spaced as is practical on their fishery to ensure the safety of anglers.
  • For popular venues you should consider using a simple booking system to avoid breaching any of the current Government regulations and becoming overcrowded. For example you could ask people to book in with a nominated bailiff or club official. 
  • Online platform Castbooker ( provides a simple system to pre-book and pay for day tickets online. If no system is currently in place, it is recommended to look at Castbooker or similar providers.
  • Competitions may be organised, provided they meet current social distancing guidelines and follow the best practice guidance issued by the Angling Trust. The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS agreed that the new Angling Trust best practice guidelines were ‘sensible’ and could be issued as the basis for a safe resumption of match fishing in England from May 25th.
  • Anglers may now use keepnets. Following the return of match fishing to the new COVID compliant best practice guidelines the Angling Trust has revised the overall guidance in respect of no longer discouraging the use of keepnets.
  • There are no restrictions on night fishing.
  • Following government approval for water sports to resume, we can clarify that this includes solo boat and kayak fishing, and shared boat fishing on both sea and freshwater with a household member or up to five other people where social distancing can be maintained.
Shared Facilities & Hygiene

  • Access to toilet facilities should only be considered if cleanliness of the facility is guaranteed to be maintained in accordance with current Government guidelines.
  • The cleaning of gates, locks, boats, catch return boxes and other items that will be handled by anglers as part of their fishing session should be considered and wherever possible the number of individuals coming into contact with these items should be reduced.
  • Consideration should be taken as to whether access gates could be manned or left open, reducing the need for visiting anglers to touch and handle them.
  • Club and fisheries should consider the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff members and volunteers. Government guidelines on appropriate PPE can be found here.
  • Fisheries who provide shared equipment such as landing nets, mats, sling etc. – should ensure that this equipment is cleaned appropriately prior to every use.
Bailiffing and Enforcement
Day Ticket and Membership Sales
  • Anglers should be advised not to travel to a fishery or water without confirming their ability to fish.
  • Clubs and fisheries should employ remote membership options via post and online platforms wherever possible. Support to set up online membership payments is available through Angling Trust partner Clubmate, who are offering their services free of charge for three months.
  • Contactless payments should be encouraged.
Communicating with members and customers
  • During this time, clubs are advised to display the guidance that anglers must follow in this first phase of our return to fishing.
  • We’ve included basic templates in the downloadable document on this web page – you can adapt and use these on your website, social media and also print off to display at venues.
  • You may need to consider adjustments to your venue rules as a result of these guidelines – these should also be clearly communicated.

Download these guidelines

For Clubs & Fisheries 

Further support

North Region

Daniel Williams

Darren Birch

South Region

Dean Asplin

Clive Copeland

East Region

David Munt

07854 239 715 


James Roche

West Region

Dave Evans

Richard Hadley

Funding advice for angling organisations

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

Sport England has announced a funding package to help sport and physical activity get through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The money can be used to help angling clubs cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic. The package is a combination of National Lottery and Government funding.

Key facts

  • £20 million available to provide immediate support to those who most need it.
  • Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available to help cover ongoing costs at a time when revenue has been affected.
  • New Angling Trust Club Helpline setup to access Sport England Community Emergency Fund.

The new Angling Trust Sport England Community Emergency Fund Helpline is here to assist angling clubs facing financial concerns so that when fishing can happen again angling will bounce-back and be ready to cater for the hundreds of thousands of anglers that are champing at the bit to go fishing again.

Click here to find out more

Small Business Grant Scheme

Funding of a one-off £10,000 grant, to help ongoing business costs, for all small business based in England that pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR) or rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief or your business already occupies property.

How to access the scheme

You do not need to do anything. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant.

Retail & Hospitality Grant Scheme

Funding up to £25,000 per property via a cash grant for businesses based in England in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000.

For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000, they will receive a grant of £25,000.

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

How to access the scheme

You do not need to do anything. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant.

Business Rate Holiday

The government will introduce a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.

  • Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:
  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. This will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020. However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill automatically to exclude the business rate charge. They will do this as soon as possible.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

To be delivered by the British Business Bank, this new scheme will launch this week to support primarily small and medium-sized businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts.

The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. The government will not charge businesses or banks for this guarantee, and the scheme will support loans of up to £5 million in value.

You are eligible for the scheme if:

  • your business is UK based, with turnover of no more than £45 million per year
  • your business meets the other British Business Bank eligibility criteria.

How to access the scheme

The full rules of the Scheme and the list of accredited lenders is available on the British Business Bank website. All the major banks will offer the Scheme once it has launched. There are 40 accredited providers in all.

You should talk to your bank or finance provider (not the British Business Bank) as soon as possible and discuss your business plan with them. This will help your finance provider to act quickly once the scheme has launched. If you have an existing loan with monthly repayments, you may want to ask for a repayment holiday to help with cash flow.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

You can use this scheme if you’re self employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus.

The scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. The scheme may be extended if needed.

How much you’ll get

If eligible, you will get a taxable grant which will be 80% of the average profits from the last three tax years (where applicable):

To work out the average HMRC will add together the total trading profit for the 3 tax years (where applicable) then divide by 3 (where applicable) and use this to calculate a monthly amount.

It will be up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months.

How to apply

You cannot apply for this scheme yet, HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online.

Please do not contact HMRC now as by doing so will only delay the urgent work being undertaken to introduce the scheme.

For all the information about this funding scheme please follow the link below; 

Bounce Back Loans

The Government yesterday (27th April) announced a new 100% government backed Micro-loan scheme for small business to help them through the coronavirus crisis.

The scheme will launch for applications on Monday 4 May. Businesses will be able to access these loans through a network of accredited lenders.

Main points:

  • businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and a maximum £50,000 and access the cash within days
  • the government will pay any fees and interest for the first 12 months
  • no repayments will be due during the first 12 months
  • the government will provide lenders with a 100% guarantee for the loan.

The loans will be easy to apply for through a short, standardised online application. The loan should reach businesses within days- providing immediate support to those that need it as easily as possible.

For further information please follow the link below:

Sport Wales Emergency Relief Fund

Welsh angling clubs affected by the Coronavirus pandemic can apply for funding from the £400,000 Emergency Relief Fund set up by Sport Wales and the Welsh Government.

The fund is available for not-for-profit community sport in Wales and is targeted at clubs already facing significant challenges after a difficult few weeks and who are likely to need immediate financial support over the next 12 weeks (up to 30th June) if they are to remain an important part of their communities in the future. Each eligible club will be able to apply for a maximum of £5,000 and a minimum of £300.

Natural Resources Wales and Angling Cymru have confirmed that angling clubs are classed as not-for-profit community sport.

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic comes just weeks after many clubs in Wales were severely damaged by flooding caused by storms Dennis and Ciara.

The fund has been developed to help clubs that are unable to meet their financial obligations. For example, for fixed costs which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus, the Emergency Relief Fund might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire (where there is a fixed cost)
  • Activities or costs that cannot be covered by government funding sources
  • Clubs affected by recent flooding might also have capital costs or cleaning costs that they cannot pay for

Sport Wales say they expect applicants to have exhausted other sources of funding, in particular the emergency sources of funding and support being provided by Welsh Government or UK Government, and add that the fund cannot be used for retrospective costs incurred before the UK Government announcement of lockdown from 24th March.

Further information and how to apply

Our latest updates

Following further relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions in Wales, we've issued further FAQs regarding travel to and from the country.

Download the FAQs

Following representations by the Angling Trust, Angling Cymru and others, overnight fishing in Wales clarification has finally emerged giving the green light to night fishing.

Read the Angling Trust Statement

The Angling Trust worked with leading anglers and fisheries in the match angling community to deliver new guidelines to bring competition fishing in line with COVID-19 procedures. These have now received Government agreement to allow match fishing to resume.

Read the guidelines

Following the government's decision to allow competitive angling to resume, the Angling Trust has drawn up new guidelines to bring sea angling competitions in line with Covid-19 procedures.

Read the Sea Competition guidelines

Fishing to start again from 13 May 2020 - find out more and read our guidance for anglers, clubs, fisheries, coaches & guides.

Find out more

Clubmate to help angling clubs deal with member renewals during COVID-19 outbreak.

Find out more

In this Lines On The Water blog, Paul Coulson from the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) offers some important advice for fisheries.

Find out more

We've issued new FAQs following further easing of Covid-19 restrictions with effect from 4th July.

Download the FAQs

We've been working with leading fly fishing anglers and fisheries in the game competition community to draw up new guidelines to bring game competition fishing in line with COVID-19 procedures. These have now received Government agreement to allow match game fishing to resume.

Read the guidelines

Following further easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the Angling Trust and the Professional Boatman's Association have produced best practice guidelines for the safe resumption of Charter Boat fishing.

Read the guidelines

Find out more about our proposal to Government to get us fishing safely again.

Find out more

Sport England Community Emergency Fund to provide financial support for community sport organisations including angling clubs.

Find out more and apply

The Federation of Small Businesses has a great resource hub for small business owners and the self-employed.

Find out more


Following the government's decision to allow competitive angling to resume, the Angling Trust has drawn up new guidelines to bring lure angling competitions in line with Covid-19 procedures.

Read Lure Competitions Guidelines


Night Fishing: National guidance for anglers, angling clubs and fisheries issued by the Angling Trust on 14th May, 2020.

Download Night Fishing Guidance

Check our new site - curated, daily content for you to feed your love for fishing whilst indoors!

View resources


Our FAQs for clubs, fisheries and other angling organisations have been updated and now includes a downloadable Accreditation Form for club bailiffs and volunteers.

Read the FAQs

More information about the Self Employment Income Support scheme and how to make a claim.

Find out more