Squad Nominations

Eligibility

Representing Scotland is open to all Federation members as long as you meet the selection criteria.

  1. Born in Scotland OR
  2. Born elsewhere with one or two Scottish parents OR
  3. Resident in Scotland for a minimum of 5 years with continuous residency up until the point of selection. (Only one angler qualifying through this means can can be part of a Scottish Team in a CIPS/FIPSeD International competition).

Only anglers who are fully paid up individual members of the SFCA can be selected.
Once an angler has fished under the colours of another country he/she cannot represent Scotland.
Competitors must be in a position to prove their compliance with the above criteria if asked by the SFCA.

Nominations

The International Manager calls for squad nominations for selection in December each year with a closing date of the end of January.  This is done through contacting all those currently in the squad, then analysing domestic match results and contacting individuals who are showing potential.  Additionally, any member of the SFCA can nominate themselves at any time by contacting the International Team Manager at:

chariman@sfca.co.uk

Having considered all of the nominations received, he then announces the squad for the World and/or European Championships and the wider squad for other International fixtures throughout the year, such as the Celtic Cup and Sensas Challenge.

Selection – What it takes and What we look for

(by Gus Brindle, International Manager)

So what do I look for when considering individual nominations to include in the Scotland squad?
The most important I look for is consistency. To give yourself the best chance of selection you need to be gaining consistently good results in domestic national and/or international matches at a high level, i.e. competing against other top anglers and not just at club level. For those anglers based in Scotland this means fishing the main matches on the SFCA calendar, and particularly any opportunities to fish Bloodworm matches.
As manager, I also often get asked at what characteristics I look for when considering new international anglers. Well, in addition to consistent results I’ve listed below some key characteristics that I look for or consider:

Talent

Well you need some of this, but how much? Some anglers are often described as being naturally talented and have an apparent abundance of it, but find that this alone is not enough. Some do not appear so naturally talented but make up for this in other ways.  Bob Nudd is perhaps the shining example of someone who through years of dedication, commitment and practice, worked his way up to be the best in the world.

Talent is difficult to define and I prefer to consider core technical skills and ability coupled with the following:

Dedication

You must want it badly. From my point of view, I hate having to overlook talented, experienced anglers who to me don’t appear to want it enough and might let me or the team down. If you want it, show it.  You do this by practicing hard, putting your name forward and never letting your team mates down when you get the call up.

Experience

This can’t be bought and this is the bad news; anglers in the Scotland squad are in the main the more experienced anglers and they have the advantage over newcomers to the squad in the knowledge and experience that have built up from fishing in internationals, the best way to learn.
Experience of fishing various methods is also a critical skill , don’t get stuck on pole fishing only, take every opportunity to fish the waggler/slider and whip as these are often very important in overseas internationals.
You can only get experience through time and effort, but if you have the right attitude you can do other things to help you develop and learn faster.

Attitude

Be open minded and look to learn from the top anglers whenever you get the opportunity. None of us know everything and even those at the very top are still learning.
Fishing for your country, particularly in a world or European championship, is unique experience.  It brings with it a unique type of pressure that you only really experience when the hopes of your country rest on your shoulders, and more so if you are in contention for a medal.
The ability to cope and still perform under this level of pressure requires a lot of confidence and self control. While it is almost impossible to replicate, you need to fish big team events and try to expose yourself to that type of pressure as often as possible.  There are sadly limited opportunities to do this up in Scotland but entering some of the big UK events and qualifiers will definitely help.

So if you interested in fishing for Scotland why not get in contact.
To learn more about this year’s International matches and to hopefully whet your appetite follow the links to the left.

Tight Lines,

Gus Brindle
International Team Manager

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