When the AIR Group approached Ladies Carp Team England about sponsoring the team the timing couldn’t have been better. The AIR Group had just formed and the ladies team had just had conformation that they would be hosting the Women’s World Championships for 2020. Covid then hit and the 2020 and then 2021 World Championships were cancelled. However it’s recently been confirmed that England will be hosting the event for 2022 and couldn’t be more excited to have the AIR Group backing for the team to tie in with this momentous moment for Women’s Carp Fishing in England.
England were the first country to form an official Women’s team. Ladies Carp Team England has two main goals; firstly to win, and secondly to encourage and inspire more women into carp fishing. One of the AIR Group’s main focuses is looking at the long-term future of our sport, so the partnership is very fitting.
The World Championships is set to be an event to remember for both English carp fishing and women in angling and to have the AIR Group and all the tackle shops that it represents involved will highlight carp fishing England and its grass roots.
Bev Clifford, Manager of Ladies Carp Team England commented: We are thrilled to have the backing of the AIR Group. Browns Angling sponsored us previously and it was great to have the backing of a company that’s so invested in the future of angling and was great working with them. To now have the backing of the full AIR Group is fantastic and I’ve worked with a lot of the retailers over the years, so to now have them backing the ladies team is very exciting, and their financial support will be a massive help in this very exciting time for Ladies Carp Team England.
Rob Hughes, HEAD of Performance, Carp Team England said: Participation in our wonderful sport is a key issue for everyone to consider and hosting a blue riband event like a World Championship is an excellent example of how we can encourage both participation and also recruitment into angling. Carp Team England Ladies have become figureheads of the sport, not just in our country but around the world as more and more ladies and girls are picking up fishing rods as a result of their influence. The support we receive from the AIR Group really helps us push the sport to the forefront of people’s minds and will help Carp Team England Ladies pursue their dream of becoming world champions.
Ladies Carp Team England achievements
Anglo Welsh Clifford Cup 2016 – Gold
Anglo Welsh Clifford Cup 2017 – Gold
Tri-Nations Ladies International 2017 – Silver
Anglo Welsh Clifford Cup 2018 – Gold
Tri-Nations Ladies International 2018 – Gold
Women’s Carp Fishing World Cup 2019 – Bronze
Anglo Welsh Clifford Cup 2021 – Gold