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The Army Angling Federation Game (AAF (G)) represents the Game discipline of the Army Angling Federation. The Soldier Palmers’ (SP) is the name of our competition squads which competes in numerous angling events in England, Wales and Scotland including (but not limited to):

  • Association of Major Fishing Clubs (AMFC) Leagues 1 and 3
  • Bob Church Open and Classic Events
  • Invicta Floating Line Invitation
  • The Anglian Water AIRFLO International (AWAI)

The aims of the AAF (G) are to promote and foster game angling in the British Army for serving, ex-serving members and their dependants. To achieve this we normally have three annual meetings available to all members:

  • Spring Match – Available as a try before you buy event for any prospective new members
  • Army Championships (Including Inter-Corps Championships)
  • Autumn Match

The standard of our top echelon of anglers is a match for any within the UK and Europe; we regularly have SP members representing the Army competing at international level.


Membership of the Federation is divided into 2 categories:

Full Members

All serving ranks of the Regular Army, Army Reserve and those on FTRS terms of service.

Associate Membership

  • Dependants of serving members of the Regular Army.
  • Ex-serving members of the Army, Army Reserve and those on FTRS.
  • MOD (A) civilian staff.

Associate membership is limited up to a maximum of one third of the total membership. The number is limited so as to preserve the charitable status of the Federation. The Federation through our Chairman reserves the right to authorise or decline associate membership, each application will be looked at individually.

Benefits and Subscriptions:

The annual subscription of £45.00 is payable by all members and runs from 1st January to 31st December; the cost of subscription is to reviewed annually.


  • Free fishing line when you join the federation.
  • Potential to win prizes and trophies at the three annual Soldier Palmer fishing events; as well as receiving a free line or tackle.
  • Presents many opportunities to participate in a wide range of annual events and competitions organised by both the Federation and national fishing bodies. These include qualifying rounds for both team and individual finals; in some cases providing the opportunity to fish national qualification matches which in turn could lead to international selection.
  • Become eligible for selection to compete in the Inter-service competitions, and thus qualify for Army Colours.
  • Be covered by third party liability insurance arranged by the Federation for all fishing during Federation and Federation representative events.
  • Be represented at the sport’s national governing bodies and all relevant Army boards and forums.
  • Opportunity to purchase angling equipment at discount prices through various angling trade deals.
  • Free access to Anglian Water season tickets purchased by the Federation.
  • Coaching and training from qualified and highly experienced instructors, including fly tying.


  • Chairman – Lt Col Toby Bunney
  • Secretary – Maj Jamie Thomas
  • Treasurer – Capt Paul Wright


The Soldier Palmers’ are very grateful to be currently sponsored by: