Killinarden Angling Initiative (KAI) was born out of a need for a fully inclusive passive sport in south Dublin, as a way to help with youth development, social inclusion and cross community relationships. In 2014 KAI began by offering an opportunity to young people to become part of an initiative that would offer them a learning experience in angling as a hobby or as a sport on a competitive level with options to go on and compete on a national level, but since then we have seen a way for it to be used in so many different ways from team building to distraction from addiction and even as a way to help with mental illness!
To date we have trained youths and adults to compete in national championships, international competitions on Lanesborogh, and the cross border peace leagues/cup every year. We have hosted 12 monthly youth field trips each year which we use as training, team building and educational programs which range from personal awareness to environmental issues. In 2016 we arranged and hosted Ireland’s first suicide and mental health awareness angling competition ( fishing for Pieta ) which brought huge awareness into the angling community! we also helped raise some much needed funds for a great cause Pieta house. We are also working on a program with Tallaght probation services with the hope that we can teach people to use angling as a distraction from crime or anti social behavior.
Killinarden Angling Initiative (KAI) is situated in a Designated Disadvantaged area where young people, including young people from the travelling and new communities, who are at risk of drug and alcohol misuse, mental health and well being issues, anti-social behavior and early school leaving. KAI provides weekly education workshops for young people aged 9 to 18 in an effort to break the cycle of addiction, antisocial behavior and supporting positive mental health by engaging them at community level by providing activities that have therapeutic benefits for all. KAI links in to local community groups such as Killinarden Drug Primary Prevention Group, Probation Services, Tallaght Rehabilitation Project, Local Primary and Secondary Schools, Pieta House and St. Vincent’s Hospital. KAI provides annual support and education awareness workshops as part of their commitment to education and prevention of drug and alcohol misuse, crime prevention and mental health and well being issues.