Match-Aid Team

Meet The Team
Jon Portman Chairman

Committee Role: Chairman

Jon Portman has been in the fishing game since he was 8 years old.

Winning many Junior Matches and championships along the way then he stepped up and did alot with clubs and open match circuit again winning his fair share.

I have been sponsored by Colmic and Browning Team Wise, manager of a tackle shop and set up various junior groups. At present I'm now working for Preston Innovations and Sonubaits as their bait developer. Along with being a well respected angling coach particularly with the more Junior anglers, the very future of our sport.

Committee Role: Secretary/Treasurer/Webmaster

Grant Jump is the one in the team of Match-Aid that does not fish!!

Having a very varied background of skills he is responsible for the inception and design of this website

and the forum

Why join a fishing group? The ethos and drive behind match-aid is infectious where the notion of promoting Junior Angling is in itself fantastic, along with donating to various charities gives back to the community at large which is worth my time and effort. As with all the team, the time and effort is given willingly to keep this amazing group of individuals on the internet.

Any concerns or questions about the site, the forum or match-aid email me at:

Mobile: 07518842417
Committee Role: Junior Match-Aid Team Manager

Steve Allen

I started fishing from a very young age mainly due to my late Father being a bailiff and a great all round angler himself, there was a few years were kids come along and I stopped fishing but glad to say the last 7 years have been full on with my son James Allen now being a keen angler himself, I have been involved with Junior Match aid now close to 2 years and can only say I am very proud of the juniors I got involved and selected to fish for Match- Aid with great results at both the pole champs and nationals, lots of medals for 2015 and sure 2016 will get even better results
Committee Role: Media Director

My name is Paul Roberts and I have the great privilege of being the media director with Match-Aid. I started fishing at a very early age with my dad, who sadly passed away a few years ago now. He was definitely my inspiration, hero and voice of reason. I still smile when I remember the 03:00am starts every Sunday traveling down to the local Royal British Legion and waiting for the coach to pick everyone up. The excitement and anticipation was fantastic, as a very young child listening to all the stories, tips and tactics was brilliant. I went on to fish for the RBL junior team, were I was lucky enough to win junior club champion title, and then went on to fish for the senior team. I have a passion for everything to do with angling and love being able to help others find the same excitement I still have, from that very early age (many years ago now). Safe fishing and hopefully see you soon.

Committee Role: Funding & Promotion

 Dave Williams

From the age of 8 I was introduced to fishing by my uncle who showed and learnt me a great deal of what I know today, from fishing my local club waters and local canal, the Bridgewater. Moving on with my fishing I have a love of all things commercial, be It fishing for carp or taking a net full of silvers (which I love), and over the years I have fished many of the country's leading commercial waters. For the last 3 years I have been part of a online fishing team called, Fishing In the Northwest doing lots of online blog writing, and fishing a lot of the commercials around the Northwest, and also, just this year I received a sponsorship from Bait-Tech too. Am looking forward to helping out as much as I can within Match-Aid, doing reviews and helping out the youngsters by passing on some of my knowledge and also taking some onboard from them also. If you see me out on the bank, come and say hello. 

Tight lines

I'm the camera guy or the voice you hear relaying all your messages to Paul and the team. My role is to make sure all the video and still photography works and is the best it can be. Sometimes outside 'live' recording and broadcasts are not the easiest to get right but I hope you enjoy the coverage. It is an honour to be part of the Match-Aid Team and being involved with all their great causes, along with supporting all the other amazing groups throughout the UK.

By all means if you have any questions, just drop a line ( or if you see me out ask away.
"it's all cool dude"

Dave Watson

My name is Dave Watson I have been fishing for as long as I can remember. The first time I went I was hooked so I was fishing every weekend I love it.

Then when I left school I joined the army couldn't really do much then but when I went on leave I was fishing all the time.

Then in 2010 I was deployed over to Afghan for a 6 month tour I was there 4 months. On the 27th may 2010 I stepped on an IED witch lead to me losing both my legs and my right arm.

I thought I wouldn't be able to fish again but I made it my goal to fish again I spent hours on the bank putting the pieces together to see how I could do it. And then it all came together and now I am sponsored by Maver and I am doing everything I can to show people anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.

Brett Calver

I have been fishing since I was 6 yrs old and I am as still as keen as ever, I regularly fish open matches in my area (Suffolk) and do quite well. I fish  about 3 times a week and I  am associated with Bait-Tech,i like fishing commercial lakes using the bomb and wag but also like using a feeder on natural venues for bream and tench. I am a level 2 angling coach with a passion for getting young people out on the bank, I run a fishing club at the mighty Suffolk Water Park for mainly beginners and is very well attended every session.

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