Once upon a time there was a child named Isaac. He was 9 years old and spent most of his time watching CBBC, playing on the computer or generally slobbing out. His parents didn't mind this because it meant that they could get on with their own, very important, lives. However, they were concerned that little Isaac was turning into a bit of a couch potato, which they didn't think was great for his prospects.
The problem was that they didn't really know what to do with young Isaac. They had no idea what he might be interested in. They scouted around the internet looking for ideas.
There were all sorts of things available, many of them expensive, or required a six week commitment to get started. After months of searching, they scrolled down to page sixteen in a google search and found something quite different, relatively inexpensive and looked like a lot of fun.
It was the Meon Springs Kid's Pond Experience. Lasting just an hour, it was not overcommitting (and not enough time to say "I'm Bored") it was outside and looked like a lot of fun. What's more, if Isaac was successful, they would get to take a tasty trout home for supper.
They clicked the online booking button and booked it for4pm the following day.
Isaac whinged a bit, he would only just be out of school and he really wanted to slob out in front of telly. Never the less, the date and time was set & poor Isaac was to be in attendance.
When he arrived at Meon Springs, he met David, his instructor for the session. Now David is a very nice chap but not one to be messed with. Isaac picked up on this very quickly. After introductions, with rod, reel and flies in hand Isaac, plus three other children and their parents, headed down to the pond, with David.
The first thing David did was go through the safety procedures. It was most interesting and Isaac had never figured that flicking hooks about could be dangerous.
After this, they were quick into a fish, which was successfully landed and dispatched. The other children caught a fish each too. David took great care to explain to the children the importance of being respectful to your quarry and to how fishing helps conserve many natural environments.
Isaac went home, overjoyed. A fish in hand for supper, a great experience and perhaps the start of a new hobby. After a few weeks, he was nagging his parents to go fishing again. At this point, rather than do another Kids Pond Experience, they booked him in to the Meon Springs Children's Fishing Club. This was a series of four sessions, hosted by David, to progress childrens' skills from zero to pretty competent in four weeks. The sessions were for around an hour or so, once a week but allowed plenty of time for practice in between sessions.
Isaac has since grown up and now works in the city (a highly stressful environment, which normally results in early burn out and a dysfunctional life). Isaac's passion for fishing however enabled him to take quality time out, relaxing by a lake or river in beautiful countryside - all over the world. All because his parents made the effort to try something new.