GTC has been highlighted by Triathlon Scotland as a club that believes in the importance of youth leadership opportunities and the involvement of young people as volunteers.
Our club funded a number of young members to join a Triathlon Young Activators course, which was ran as a virtual event during lockdown. GTC’s Youth Section Head Coach, Billy Mitchell, believes that volunteering has many positive benefits.
Billy said: “In my various coaching roles, I have always tried to provide a range of pathways for the young athletes that I have coached. We know that volunteering is good for individuals, boosting self-esteem and self-worth.
“The Young Activator course provides the structure to initiate that journey.”
At GTC, the October 2020 cohort of Young Activators has volunteered in a number of ways, including:
- Swimming in the same lane as young members to provide encouragement and instant support should it be needed
- Leading warm-ups and cool-downs on the running track
- Providing extra back up on longer off-road bike rides for less confident members
- Taking positions on the GTC Junior Committee to represent the younger athletes.
Triathlon Scotland Young Activators
The Triathlon Young Activator Award is aimed at young people aged 14 to 17. It offers the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to lead and assist in the delivery of triathlon sessions within a range of training environments. To date, Triathlon Scotland has worked with 138 young people to help them take their first step on the leadership pathway.
The course takes six hours to complete with participants developing the skills to assist coaches or teachers; help to organise sessions and to facilitate triathlon activities in the wider club or in one of the schools’ participation projects.
An article on the Triathlon Scotland website states: “Young volunteers are so important to our sport as they are the present and the future of triathlon in Scotland. Through volunteering at their club or within their community they will experience personal growth, increased self esteem and greater confidence,.
“Through meaningful volunteering opportunities within their club, young people are supported to develop a positive attitude, demonstrate a strong work ethic, commitment and enthusiasm for helping others succeed.”