Association of Anglers with disabilities
The Story So Far
1999 Reel People was formed
Rob had a dream to form a club for disabled anglers on a regional and national level. He convinced Tina and Keith of the merits of such a venture. They all put in some money to get it off the ground. The name Reel People came about during a community group project when Colin suggested the name as a great play on words. The name stuck and a logo and constitution was drawn up. Rob's baby was born!
The first Committee
The first structured committee meeting took place at Dent's, Hilgay on the 21st January 1999.
The committee/Trustees adopted the constitution and Reel People was officially formed.
Tommy Dent, Keith King, Tina (King) Bunting, Ron Wesley, Rob Bunting and Chris Simpson.
Celebration of Angling-Millennium 2000
The first objective was to raise funds to stage an event to celebrate the Millennium 2000. Begging letters were sent out to business and to our surprise we received huge amounts of support. n the next few months the lakes were booked, hall hire and catering sorted, volunteers co-opted to help on the day, anglers invited to take part and commemorative silver salvers engraved.
The Day had finally arrived Millennium 2000
The Mayor of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Mr Paul Brandon attended the day and commented that he had never known such camaraderie amongst sports people. This camaraderie remains as part of the nucleus of what makes Reel People the friendly, successful club it is.
73 Anglers take part in Millennium 2000
73 anglers took part in what was a truly magnificent day. 45 disabled adults fished in the main match. 9 junior anglers, abled-bodied and disabled and 19 people from local day centre's took place in the come and try sessions.
Winner of Millennium 2000 was Stuart "Little Sam" Hall from Hemel Hempstead.
The Celebration of Angling event remains the flagship of Reel People's match calendar.
2001 Tackle Appeal
The come and Try taster days become more and more popular and we launch an appeal for any unwanted fishing tackle to use at these events or pass on to needy anglers.
2002 saw us receive a grant from the National Lottery to buy new equipment to develop our sessions to junior anglers as well.
2001 Sport England Award
We were honoured to receive an award at the Sport England East Region Regional service sports Award.
The awards were presented by Steve Cram to Rick "The Raffle" Pearman, Tina and Keith..
2006 Buckingham Palace
Rob and Tina were summoned By Her Majesty the Queen to Buckingham Palace to attend a reception to celebrate the work of volunteers.
2009 Eggheads TV Quiz
Part of our 10 year celebrations..
2010 Trip to Ireland
After a lot of hard work fund-raising a group of anglers went on an angling holiday in Ireland. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.
2018 Team Match
To mark both clubs 20th Anniversary Seasons Reel People and North Bucks S.O.D.A fished a friendly competitive match. Reel People won the match, but needless to say friendship's and Camaraderie won the day.
2019 Reel People celebrates 20 years 1999 - 2019
The story continues!