Mark Smedley

Founder/Licenced Angling Coach/Teacher

Mark is the founder of MS Angling & Education and has always had a passion for sport and angling. He is a qualified angling coach and teacher, and has been delivering angling sessions since 2017; promoting positive health and well-being, happiness and opportunity for all ages and abilities. Mark has been coarse fishing for over 30 years and also thoroughly enjoys fly fishing and sea fishing.

Allan Cole

Licenced Angling Coach

Allan has been coarse fishing from early childhood and thoroughly enjoys the sport, bringing an abundance of fishing experience and knowledge to the sessions. He is a qualified angling coach and has been assisting in the delivery of coaching sessions with MS Angling & Education since 2019.

Robbie Smedley

Licenced Angling Coach

Robbie is currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at Burnley College, intending to pursue a career in the Sport and Exercise Science Field. His ambition is to become a Royal Marine Commando. His studies will help him to develop self-confidence and practical scientific knowledge of the sport and exercise industries such as Sports Therapy, Rehabilitation and Sports Management ready for work experience, learning sector specific skills such as Fitness Testing, Training and Programming with Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Robbie has been coarse and sea fishing from an early age, spending many hours on the bank, learning all about the sport. He thoroughly enjoys supporting the team, sharing his valuable knowledge and experience with others. Robbie successfully completed his Level 1 Licenced Angling Coaching Programme in August 2023 with the Angling Trust.

Dave Buckley

Licenced Angling Coach

Dave has been fishing since childhood and since recently retiring he has been sharing his fishing knowledge, experience and expertise with the anglers of the future as well as guiding the adult groups during our 'Feel Good Friday' and 'Wellbeing Wednesday' sessions. Dave is a match angler and enjoys taking part in coarse fishing matches in and around Lancashire in his spare time. Dave does fish regularly at Cornfield Farm Fishery and knows the waters very well, therefore his knowledge and experience is invaluable when assisting in the delivery of the fishing sessions to our regular groups. Dave successfully completed his Level 1 Licenced Angling Coaching Programme in August 2023 with the Angling Trust.

Charles Smedley

Licenced Angling Coach/Health and Safety Officer

Charles is a part-time Health and Safety Officer/Quality Systems Manager for Lakeside Travel Services, Keighley, West Yorkshire. Charles brings many years of angling experience and knowledge to the bank together with his invaluable experience of project/business management and health and safety. Charles successfully completed his Level 1 Licenced Angling Coaching Programme in Autumn 2023 with the Angling Trust.

Paul Andrews


Paul was referred by his GP into the 'Fishing Therapy' sessions delivered by MS Angling and Education in 2021. Paul thoroughly enjoyed the blocks of 'Fishing Therapy' sessions he attended, benefiting greatly from them. As a result of this, Paul now volunteers and helps deliver the 'Feel Good Friday' and 'Wellbeing Wednesday' fishing sessions. He really enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with the anglers of the future who attend. Paul is available to pass on his course fishing knowledge and experiences, as well as share the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing benefits that angling has brought him over the years . Paul thoroughly enjoys helping deliver the 'Fishing Therapy' sessions to those attending as a result of them being referred into the sessions from their GP's and social prescribing link workers. Paul has over 50 years of invaluable knowledge and experience of angling and has been a member of many local angling clubs over the years.