Stratford upon Avon Triathlon Club - Juniors Section
Do you think that you could be the next Alastair or Jonathan Brownlee, Non Stanford, Vicky Holland or Helen Jenkins? Perhaps you just want to swim, cycle and run but without stopping to have a shower or dry yourself off between each discipline….Well Triathlon could be just the sport for you.
For several years now Triathlon has grown in popularity at all levels with more and more finding out that Triathlon can be not just a way of getting fit but also having great fun. In particular more and more children are getting involved in the sport.
Triathlon is an exciting multisport event consisting of swimming, cycling an running continuously over various distances meaning your child will develop a good all round level of fitness as well as having fun in the training sessions. Triathlon is also one of the friendliest sports around as people across all abilities and all walks of life compete in races and join clubs such as Stratford Triathlon Club.
Here in the Junior Section of Stratford Triathlon Club we provide training to children between the ages of 8 (7 provided they are 8 in the calendar year) and 16, and pride ourselves on the enjoyment that the children have in being part of the Section. Our emphasis as a Club is on inclusion; therefore we welcome a range of abilities, however you do need to be able to swim 100m frontcrawl without stopping and have your own bike (and be able to ride it). Any child is welcome to come along and have a go at one of our training sessions.
Our training sessions are a mixture of swimming, cycling and running at venues in Stratford and Shipston with all training sessions run by qualified Triathlon England coaches.
The training sessions are as follows:-
Thursday evening – Running (the athletics track at Stratford School). 6.00pm-7.00pm for 8-12 Year olds and 7.00pm-8.30pm for 13+.
Saturday morning (alternating one of the below):-
9.00am – 10.00am – Running (athletics track).
10.30am-11.30am - Cross country in the Welcombe Hills
9.30am – 10.30am and 10.30am -11.30am Cycling/Transition (cycle track at the Home Guard Club Tiddington).
For those that want to race we recommend participation in the West Midlands Series. This is a series of Triathlons, Aquathlons (swim/run) and Duathlons (run/bike/run) across the West Midland between March and September. The Age Groups are Tri Star Start (8 Years old), Tri Star 1 (9-10 Years old), Tri Star 2 (11-12 Years old), Tri Star 3 (13-14 Years old) and Youths (15-16 Years old). To compete you take your age at 31st December in the Year of Competition.
The majority of the events for Tri Star Start to TS3 take place on school playing fields where the bike and run are on grass, whereas some Youth events will involve a bike section on the road. The distances involved in the various Age Groups for a Triathlon are generally as follows:-
Tri Star 1
Tri Star 2
Tri Star 3
Junior Club Coaches:
Head Coach and Chair
Richard Cox (Level 2 Tri Coach)
Andrew Speechly (Level 2 Tri Coach)
Mark Bullock (Level 1 Tri Coach)
Rebecca Pridham (Level 1 Tri Coach)
Paul Fines-Allin (Level 1 Tri Coach)
All Coaches are experienced, qualifies and DBS/CRB checked.
What equipment is required for training?
Clothing suitable for running & cycling outdoors in e.g. running trainers, t-shirt and shorts.
Bike (any bike will do) and helmet (essential).
Bottle of water & a light snack such as a cereal bar (if it is a long session).
Sun cream/warm clothes/wet weather gear (it is the UK afterall!)
Swim session – swim suit/trunks, goggles and some money for the locker (pull buoy and kick board if you have them – there are some at the pool).
Why not give it a go!
If you think that Triathlon might be for you then why not give it a go!