ANNUAL REPORT & CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Well, its that time of year again and to me it seems like only last week that I was writing my last Christmas Message.

For the Federation 2018 has been another difficult year.  A significant reduction in funding available to sportscotland saw Angling Scotland and the three Scottish Governing Bodies (SGBs) receive no Development funding at all this year. This significantly reduced the amount of programme we have been able to deliver and has made achieving the targets we set in our Annual Business Plan even more challenging than normal.  Ongoing BREXIT debate (I almost said preparations) has seen the focus of Scottish Government and many of our partners shift away from issues that we see as key to promoting and protecting our sport in Scotland.  This has impacted, in particular, on the work to establish legislative protection for pike in Scotland. Despite these challenges, and the fact that we have taken on a huge amount of work to get Angling Scotland established, we have still managed to achieve many of the targets that we set ourselves in our Annual Business Plan.  There is however still a lot more that we could and should be doing, given the time and resources.

My full Annual Report and Christmas message can be found by clicking the link below:

Annual Report and Christmas Message from the Chairman

As always, I have tried to sum up our achievements as a Federation throughout the year and provide you with some context about the environment in which we are having to operate and the challenges that we are currently facing.  The Report is therefore not short, but I would encourage you all to take a little time to read it in full as I believe it contains some important information about where we are and where I think we should be going.

In February 2019 we will, as always, be publishing our draft Annual Business Plan for consultation with clubs and individual members.  As I say every year, this is your sport and we are your Governing Body.  Every year at some point or another I hear whispers of discontent but, when we try to find out what the issues are so we can address them, we struggle to get any response.  We cannot address concerns if we don’t know what they are.  I and the Executive Committee will always try to do our best, but we don’t have the monopoly on good ideas.  If we are to continue to promote, protect and deliver the sport that you want to participate in, we need your input.  I would therefore again urge you to take some time to read it and let us now if you feel that we have missed anything or got our priorities wrong.  We would love to hear from you.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and Tight Lines for 2019.

Gus Brindle, Chairman


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