Coaching and Tuition

Coaching and Tuition

Cast North West.

What is Cast North West.

Cast North West was started in 2006 by Project Co-ordinator Neil Farnworth. The project originally started with Neil running fishing days for the local young people at Gone Fishing fishery.  These days proved to be very popular and Neil was soon approached by Wigan Youth Offend Team asking if he could run some days for their young people. No facilities were available at the waters edge during these days, which at times proved very difficult due to the British weather, but still were very enjoyable for the young people attending and Neil, with many positive outcomes. From this success Neil qualified as a Level 2 Angling coach to continue the good work he had started and enjoyed so much.

On the 14th August 2006, Cast North West received funding from SRB 6 (Ince Ward) for facilities for the young people to be put at the waters edge, and received charitable status in March 2008. From having no facilities, Cast now has a canteen, classroom, toilet facilities, store room and office from which we have been able to expand rapidly and offer our services to a wider area of the North West. With the addition of 2 full time Angling Coaches and various volunteers to work along side Neil, Cast NW now works with around 60 young people a week.

CAST is based at Gone fishing fishery in Platt Bridge, Wigan and is located in a beautiful, tranquil setting creating a relaxing and therapeutic environment. The pond is heavily stocked with a number of different species of fish ranging from under one pound in weight for beginners up to approximately 25 pounds for those who are more experienced or those who like a challenge. At CAST all equipment, bait and full tuition is provided on either an individual basis or for groups of up to 12 young people at any one time. We offer taster days or can arrange structured tuition leading to academic accreditation.

The indoor Fishing Facility at Cast.

Over the years Cast have worked with hundreds of young people all year round and at times have found it difficult to keep young people engaged when the weather turns. It was time to make a change!! !Cast discussed this situation with local councilors and the department of education with the idea to construct a purpose built Environment and Fishery Management Center. We started looking for a site in the local area which would be easy accessible for young people to attend.

This concept of an indoor fishery had never been completed before in the UK and the management at Cast discussed this knowing a lot of effort and commitment to get the vision off the ground would be needed. A site near Chorley was secured. The new site consisted of 2 small ponds and 2 very large greenhouses (YES GREENHOUSES!!!).

All the staff at Cast NW are fully qualified and enhanced CRB checked and fully committed to helping young people achieve. 

For everything this great organization has to offer please follow the website link or contact the staff at Cast North West.


Gone Fishing Fishery
Warrington Road,


Neil Farnworth

Project founder and co-ordinator


Mobile: 07939 233723

Dave Pye

Assistant project co-ordinator


Mobile: 07706 911 815

For the Sky Sports Tight Lines video of their latest visit please follow link below.

Improve Your Fishing offers angling tuition and fishing coaching to a wide range of people. I can help you to catch your first fish with my tailored coarse fishing lessons or develop your skills in carp or pike fishing with my carp or pike fishing lessons. Improve Your Fishing welcomes enquiries from schools, angling clubs and groups as well as individuals who are new to fishing or haven’t been fishing in a long time and want to polish up their skills.

I am qualified by 1st4sport, the ADB (Angling Development Board) and the PAA (Professional Anglers Association) to teach angling to Level Two standard, I hold an enhanced CRB check (Criminal Records Bureau), a Sports Coach UK Certificate in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and a Paediatric First Aid Certificate. I have over 20 years experience in angling which includes Coarse fishing, Match angling and Carp fishing and Predator fishing.

Andy May MAP Tackle Sponsered and Kamasan Champion

Fishing tuition and fishing coaching for all anglers; from beginners to experienced match anglers, from pleasure anglers to specimen carp anglers. Whatever your interest, I can show you how to catch more fish, how to catch bigger fish, and how to get even more enjoyment out of this wonderful sport!

If you've never fished before, I can offer you an enjoyable and memorable introduction to the sport. If you are a match fisherman (whether experienced or novice) I can teach you how to win more matches. If you are a specimen hunter, I can show you new tactics and methods to help you catch bigger and better fish! All methods, rigs, baits venues catered for.

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