History of the SFCA

The SFCA is the youngest and smallest of the Angling Sports Governing Bodies (SGBs) but it is also the fastest growing. In 2010 over 27% or our individual members were under the age of 16.  But where did the SFCA come from?

The beginnings
Coarse fishing in Scotland first became organised as a sport in the 1960s.  The roach fishing on the Forth & Clyde Canal was the best in Britain at that time and attracted anglers not only from Scotland but from across the UK.

The Glasgow & West of Scotland Coarse Fishing Association (GWSCFA) was formed in October 1966 and the first recorded match organised by a Scottish club for Scottish coarse anglers was held on the canal at Bowling on November 20th 1966.

The GWSCFA grew rapidly and in 1969 the first Scottish Open Championships were held.  This event proved incredibly popular and grew to the stage where it was attracting up to 400 competitors in the early 1970s.

Other clubs started to emerge and in 1975 the Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling was formed along with the creation of the first Scottish League. Competition fishing was the early catalyst for the SFCA, but soon a development committee was formed covering youth development and identifying appropriate waters for coarse fishing with a view to a national facility.

Formal Recognition
Following formal recognition by the Scottish Sports Council as the national governing body for coarse angling in Scotland, the first Scottish International team was formed in 1979 and a team was entered into the World Freshwater Angling Championships for the first time in 1981.

Competition fishing remained a key part of the SFCA but development activities took on a growing role through the 80s and 90s including growing relationships with government and other authorities and direct involvement in national fisheries policy initiatives.

Despite all this activity the number of member clubs began to decline until only those interested in matches, and the Scottish Carp Group (SCG) and Pike Anglers Alliance for Scotland (PAAS) remained.  The SFCA, like the NFA south of the border had taken its eye off development and with commercial fisheries now starting to appear less people were joining clubs.

Recent Transformation
Over the past few years a huge amount of work has been undertaken in an attempt to address the decline by refocusing on coaching and development and beginning the process of modernising the SFCA to prepare it for the next decade.

In the past three years we have gone from an organisation governed solely from a constitution to a modern SGB with all of the policies, plans and procedures you would expect of a much larger, professionally run organisation.

In the summer of 2010, along with the other two Angling SGBs we underwent an independent sportscotland audit process, the results of which I am pleased to say were very positive.

This modernisation work continues and regular progress reviews are conducted against our annual Business Plan in accordance with our Corporate Governance and Risk Management Plan.

You can see the rest of our Plans and Policies elsewhere in this section of the site.