10 reasons to join GTC now
From September 1, 2017, newcomers to Glasgow Triathlon Club can join up and get 16 months’ membership for the price of a year.
If you are already a member, the renewal date is at the start of 2018, but for those who have been thinking about becoming a member joining from next month means you reap all the benefits but for an extra four months at not extra cost!
But perhaps you are still thinking about it. Perhaps you need a bit of persuading as to why you should join Glasgow Triathlon Club. We ask the members themselves for reasons to join GTC. Here are 10 of the best.
1 Great value for money
The cost of membership is just £30. If you join now that is less than £2 per month for 16 months. What can you get for £1.85 these days? (Not a lot!) For this small amount you gain a host of benefits including… well, read on.
2 Expert coaching
You can attend one free training session as a newcomer to the club. After that, if you want to enjoy the club coaching we request that you are a member. But this does give you access to very reasonably priced coached sessions, many of which are subsidised by the club.
There is a coaching programme created by our head coach (level 3) Vicky Begg. This changes according to the time of year and focuses, loosely, on a racing season and non-racing season.
The training sessions in swimming, running and cycling are led by qualified club coaches (from level 1 to 3). They are closely overseen by the head coach.
Of course, in a world that is reviews driven you might want to find out more about the quality of the coaching. All you need to do is ask any club member and you will be told about how much their swimming, running, cycling, transitions and general racing ability has improved through GTC.
You will to be told how enthusiastic and dedicated the coaches are and what a brilliant experience it is to receive high quality coaching on a regular basis.
3 Superb support
GTC has been awarded an accolade for Outstanding Contribution to Triathlon in Scotland. Part of the award recognises the fantastic support that the club brings to many different types of athletes.
Again, you just need to ask the members about the incredible support that have received from coaches and other club members. It’s a very supportive and inclusive club.
4 To make friends
We are not saying that you lack good friendships already but many people make some of their strongest connections with like-minded people through the club.
These friendships help to support and encourage members in training sessions and when racing. There is a wonderful sense of being part of the club and many people remain members year after year.
We have also seen a fair few couples getting together through the club and some have married and gone on to have children. We are not promoting the club as a dating site but, well, sport can link kindred spirits.
There are many social get-togethers and meet-ups throughout the year, as well as the club’s annual awards and Christmas party.
5 Training trips at home and abroad
Training in a new place, especially the annual winter warm weather trip abroad, brings many benefits, both socially and in terms of improved fitness.
Members can benefit from subsidised training camps, such as the forthcoming trip to Playitas on the island of Fuerteventura.
6 Discounts on kit and equipment
The club has a range of equipment, including wetsuits, bike boxes, racing wheels and power taps for bikes, which can be borrowed or hired for great rates.
If you ever need any advice about what to buy, there will be dozens of club members who can’t wait to help you choose.
7 Top tips
If you have a question or a query about triathlon there will always be people in the club who will help you out, or point you in the right direction.
It’s an amazingly friendly and knowledgeable club. Just ask a question on the Facebook gorup page and you will be given plenty of answers!
8 It’s a club for all
The club has a good balance of men and women, as well as membership across the decades, from youths to the over-60s.
There is a place in the club for all abilities and aspirations. We have a well regarded para tri section and a dedicated youth squad (with a waiting list, it’s that popular!).
Do not worry if you think you won’t be fit enough or you worry you will be too old or too young. You won’t be. It’s a club for everyone.
9 To be part of something
As well as training with a brilliant bunch of people, you will have the opportunity to volunteer at some of Scotland’s leading events.
The club hosts its own club triathlon and junior aquathlons, and also plays a major role in European and World qualifier triathlon championships.
10 To have a goal
Whether your aim is to lose weight, try a new sport, do your first sprint or try an Ironman, the club gives you a focus and realistic goals. There will be someone in the club who has had a similar focus at some point or who has the same goal as you now.
Goals are great for motivation and self-confidence.
Why not join up and find out why GTC is the best? See Entry Central.