'Future of England team depends on it!' says organiser Mark Downes.
Mark Downes co-manager of Drennan Team England has this week announced he will be extending the popular Sensas Challenge nationwide, telling Match Fishing that the future of the England team ‘depends on it’.
The move comes in response to what many see as the slow demise of team fishing in Britain, with the Sensas UK boss looking to ‘reinvigorate’ the branch of the sport through the new UK-wide competition.
“There is a niche in team fishing that’s not being properly catered for at the moment and I think the extended Sensas Challenge could play an important roll in this,” Mark told Match Fishing.
“The matches will be fished across a number of different venue types to international CIPS rules. We need anglers in this country that have the experience of fishing in teams on different natural venue types and to international rules, the future of the England team depends on it.”
Mark’s plan is to see the Sensas Challenge move to a number of regional leagues. Within these regions, of which Mark is looking to have five or six, there will be 10 teams of five anglers who will compete over three 4hour matches held during the summer.
The top four teams from each regional league will then go through to fish in a UK final alongside four invited team, the venue for the final will rotate around the various regions year by year. From this UK final the top three teams will then go through to fish a grand European final against the best teams on the continent. As well as this the three runner up teams from the UK final will also get the chance to go forward to compete in a semi final to have a second chance at fishing the grand European final.
Positive that there will be interest within match angling circles for such a competition, Mark is now looking to recruit regional organisers to get the project up and running for 2013.
“I’ve already had a few people interested in running a region which is really encouraging,” continued Mark. “The competition will go ahead in the new regional format even if we don’t get the five or six leagues we want in the first year. If we just get two or three I’ll be happy to launch it and then grow it on from there.”
Anyone interesting in running a regional league for the new, extended Sensas Challenge can contact Mark directly at
Last modified on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 16:21