The Section has six major competitions throughout the year ...
English Police Boat Championships:
An annual event fished at different venues throughout England in April. Entry to this event is open to any member of PSUK. (http://www.policesportuk.com/about/constitution-and-rules). At the 2013 EPFFA AGM it was agreed that the England Team would be formed by the top 14 rods from this event and these would represent England at the following Home International and European events.
English Police River Championships:
This Section is still in its infancy, the first two events being held in 2011 & 2012 on the Lower River Itchen, Hampshire. Entry to this event is also open to any member of PSUK (as indicated above). The top four rods are selected to fish the National River Championships. This event has so far been fished after the close of the trout season in late November with the target species being Grayling but this may change in the future.
National Boat Championships:
An annual event fished at venues throughout the UK in June, where each Region send forward their winning team and top two individuals to compete in the National final. The teams will compete for the championship title whist the two individuals compete in an individual match. These two events are run simultaneously at the same location; this determines the National Champions (Team) and Individual Champion for the season.
National River Championships:
An annual event fished at various venues throughout the UK in June. Each Country send their top four rods to compete for the title. The inaugural event was held at Llangollen, North Wales on the River Dee in 2012. The event is to be staged at the same venue in 2013.
International (Home) Championships: An annual event fished at venues throughout the UK, usually in September. The four Home Nations of the UK currently compete for this title but it is hoped to invite the Garda Síochána from the Republic of Ireland to compete in the near future. Qualification to compete in this event is determined at the English Boat Championships when the top 14 Rod will qualify to represent England.
Although the four nations have competed in this event since 1980 it only received official recognition by the Police Athletic Association in 1987. The teams compete for the Charles Landell Trophy in this event; Scotland are the current holders, having been so since 2005.
Other Competitions and Events
Fly Fishing is not a recognised USPE sport; however since 2009 the section has organised bi-annual European Fly Fishing Championships in Scotland, Republic of Ireland and latterly, here in England. Selection for the England team will be determined at the English Boat Championships.
The Services Championships: This competition is in its fourth year, a Police Sport UK team of eight (8) anglers fish against anglers from other services throughout the UK i.e. Army, Navy, the Fire & Rescue Service etc, etc. in order to win the coveted Police Sport UK Cup.
Qualification for the police team for the Services Championships is as follows: The top two rods in the preceding Services Championships remain in the team to provide an element of continuity, they are joined by three members of the winning team at the National Championships, the Individual winner from both the National and International Championships & the winner of the Gwilym Hughes Trophy (best placed angler at both National & International events.
The Association of Major Flyfishing Clubs: The English Police have recently joined the Association and entered a team to compete in their championships. Several events are fished throughout the year at various venues including Bewl, Pitsford, Grafham, Eyebrook, Hanningfield and Rutland. The Team consists of 4 anglers for the Association Matches and a team of 6 anglers for Divisional Matches. These anglers are selected from members who fish these reservoirs on a regular basis or those who ask to do so. Members are also encouraged to fish practice sessions prior to each event and to gather / share any information they get about hot spots, methods and tactics.
The final team selection will be that of Doug Skins (Met Police) and the Team Captain. The Police Team are currently in Group 2 and finished as top of group 3 last year. Let’s hope for better results this year and promotion to Group 1.
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