Coarse Talent Pathway 2022

The Angling Trust Tackle Guru Coarse Talent Pathway is designed to develop the youth of tomorrow by putting anglers in a competitive situation with a focus on performance. Pole and Waggler tactics will be the focus during these sessions with anglers asked to use natural baits. The programme will give coaches an opportunity to observe and communicate with the anglers on a 1-1 basis imparting their years of high-level knowledge. Coaches will assess anglers based on their combined performance and results.

Young anglers aged 12 – 16 are invited to enter the Talent Pathway programme. The pathway consists of three regional programmes, North, Midlands, and South which will be delivered by anglers with high-level international experience. The programme culminates in an inter-regional final where all three regions come together to compete in a team competition with prizes to be won from sponsor Tackle Guru.

The Talent Pathway programme aims to coach anglers into selection for the Under 15s Coarse England team, and this selection is made by coaches and team managers at the inter-regional final.

To participate in the Talent Pathway programme, you must be aged between 12 years to 16 years on 1st January 2022. N.B. this date range is subject to change.

For more up-to-date information please visit the Angling Trust Competitions Facebook page here.

Angling Trust Tackle Guru Coarse Talent Pathway

Applications for the Angling Trust Tackle Guru Talent Pathway 2023 will open from 1st December 2022

The Angling Trust Tackle Guru Talent Pathway involves high-level coaching from current and former England Internationals such as Matt Godfrey, Frankie Gianoncelli, James Dent and high level coaches such as Danny Williamson and Joe Roberts. The Talent Pathway is the initial training and selection process for the England Under 15s team who will be travelling to Portugal for the World Championship in August 2023.

In a change to previous year’s we have decided to combine the usual North, Midlands, and South sessions into 3 sessions and a final as follows:

Session 1 – Sunday 5th March 2023 at Makins Fishery

Session 2 – Sunday 19th March, Barston Lakes

Session 3 – Saturday 15th April, Makins Fishery

Final – Saturday 22nd April, Makins Fishery


To be considered for a place please fill in the application form below and submit by 31st January 2023.

The qualifying age is between 10 and 15 years – based on FIPSed international rules so everyone on the pathway is qualified. (U15 on XXX date).

Applications will be reviewed by the Angling Trust and Tackle Guru selection panel and a LIMITED number of anglers will be chosen to attend these sessions.

Successful applicants of the Angling Trust and Tackle Guru Talent Pathway will be notified via email and an entry fee of £100 (£25 per session) will be required. Each angler will receive a goody bag of Guru kit at their first Talent Pathway session and there will be prizes for section winners and the overall top three anglers at the Final.

The final U15 Team England team will then be chosen from performance across all sessions but especially the final session which will be held in match conditions.

Talent Pathway 2023

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Talent Pathway Final – Barston Lakes, Saturday 20th April 2019

Saturday saw the Guru England Under 15’s Trial Assessment and the Guru Angling Trust Talent Pathway Inter Regional Final take place at Barston Lakes, Solihull. Amazingly, 19 of these were actually under 15 years of age and took part in the England trial. In total there were 38 young anglers from the North, Midlands and South battling it out for the Talent Pathway Inter Regional honours.

The England Under 15 Assessment was very tight, with some amazingly talented anglers taking part where Team Manager Joe Roberts and team coach Matt Godfrey selected five anglers. Here’s the official team announcement of the anglers that will be representing The Tackle Guru England Under 15’s Team in this year’s World Championship at Lake Vicario in Spain later this year:

Matthew Mollart, Sheffield

Billy Kirk, Sussex

Harry Keys, Buckinghamshire

Austin Jennings, Bracknel

Charlie Sibley, Winchester

Well done to all of the above and to all of the other anglers who took part in the England Under 15 trial. Guru will be covering this year’s Under 15’s World Championships out in Spain, and hopefully we’ll see the Guru Under 15’s Team bring back gold for England!

Here’s the results of the Guru Angling Trust Talent Pathway Inter Regional Final:


1st – Team Midlands – 177lb

2nd – Team North – 175lb 6oz

3rd – Team South – 171lb 14oz


1st – Josh Derry – 42lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Rod Hold-all)

2nd – Fin Moore – 41lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Pole Hold-all)

3rd – Josh Paling – 38lb 8oz (winning a Guru Fusion Bait Pro)

Massive congratulations to Team Midlands on the win and to the top three individuals. As you can see the weights have been mega tight with some impressive weights in just four hours fishing.

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