Students were treated this week as Rob Hughes, a former student and World Champion Fisherman, visited the Marches School.

Rob was a student at the Fitzalan School between 1981 and 1986. When Rob left the school, he went to Law School and became a qualified solicitor. He began work in Wolverhampton in a law firm soon after. Aside from his successful career, Rob was enjoying his passion, which was angling. In 1996, whilst working full-time, Rob won the World Carp Cup.

It was a few years later when Rob left his full-time work to take up angling professionally and has been reaping the rewards ever since. He has been successful in both his sporting and professional career, winning the European Cup in 2000 and numerous other titles. He was appointed England Manager in 2015 and guided England to their first ever gold in the World Championships the same year, the European Six Nations in 2016, and a Bronze at the World Championships in 2018 as well as Home Nations and European gold as manager for both men’s and women’s teams.

Rob now presents his own show ‘On the Bank’ on BT Sport, having spent 15 years presenting on Sky Sports and is an angling ambassador for the national governing body.  He wants to get more people into fishing and to enjoy the joys of being in the open air and understanding the natural world.

Rob is keen to stress that working hard in school, and becoming a qualified solicitor allowed him the freedom of chasing his dreams in fishing by having a strong career to fall back on.

Rob visited the school and spoke to students with an interest in fishing, with students asking questions and advice during the visit. It was an enjoyable visit for Rob and all of the students who he spoke to.

Rob commented on his visit to the Marches School: “It was great to head along to the Marches School to speak to the students about fishing, their aims and aspirations and to give them advice. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning”.

Graham Dyke, PE Teacher and keen angler, added: “We would like to thank Rob for visiting us and passing on words of advice to the students who enjoying fishing. During the Spring, we do hope to start an after-school fishing club”.