Triathlon fun and fitness for junior athletes
The aim of GTC junior section is to offer triathlon training and racing in a fun, friendly and inspiring way.
If you are eight, or older, by the end of the calendar year and you enjoy sport, triathlon is a great way to meet new friends and take part in GTC’s junior training programme. (Parents of athletes who have not yet turned eight are asked to be present during their child’s training sessions.)
The club caters for young athletes with a range of different exercise goals, from those who enjoy the social aspects of training in a group with friends to those who are more performance focused and wish to compete at local, regional and national level.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about how to join the club.
Please note that we don’t provide traditional swimming lessons. Children must be able to swim 100m front crawl in 4 minutes or less to participate in our novice coached training sessions. They should be capable of a higher standard to participate in regular sessions. At the time of writing (Jan 2021), due to the lack of access to swimming pools we are unable to offer swim try outs (trials). However, new members who can show evidence of having met the required standard through race results or other verifiable sources may be able to access swim sessions, depending on availability.
Junior training sessions
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, GTC junior training sessions were based around regular combined swim/run sessions at a variety of Glasgow Life venues. Pandemic restrictions have meant that our access to pool time has been extremely limited, so we have refocused and we now offer a variety of run and bike and run only sessions instead. We will re-introduce swim sessions when they become available again.
New members should note that while pool time is limited due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, they are likely to have to join a waiting list before being invited to join available swim sessions. This will be reviewed regularly by the club’s committee. There are no waiting lists for run and bike sessions.
Our current sessions are delivered within Covid-19 guidelines as published by the Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on sport and leisure facilities – gov.scot (www.gov.scot) and Triathlon Scotland COVID-19 – Triathlon Scotland. All new members should be familiar with GTC’s Covid-19 guidelines Covid Guidelines – Glasgow Triathlon Club.
The weekly programme for the start of 2021 has sessions located in three different local authority areas – Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and West Renfrewshire. This means that even when restrictions are in level 4, members living in each of these local authorities can continue to attend their local sessions. Travel between local authorities for under-18s’ outdoor sports activities is currently permitted in protection levels 0-3.
Monday and Wednesday Scotstoun (Glasgow): Run
6.30pm-7.30pm: Road run session
Coached run session on the streets and in the parks around Scotstoun sports centre. For athletes of all abilities and ages.
Tuesday Eastwood (East Renfrewshire): Run
Eastwood Park Leisure – Google Maps Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock G46 6UG
6.30pm-7.30pm: Road run session
Coached run session on the streets and in the parks around Eastwood Park Leisure centre. For athletes of all abilities and ages.
Wednesday Huntershill (East Dunbartonshire): Run (Performance Development Group – PDG)
Huntershill Community Sports Hub – Google Maps 35 Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 1RU
7.15pm – 8.15pm: Track session
Coached track session for members who have qualified to be a member of one of the club’s two performance development groups (PDG), as well as invited others. Details of the qualification process for PDG can be obtained from Head Coach Billy Mitchell.
Thursday Zoom session (All local authorities): Bike
6.30pm – 7pm: Turbo/roller bike session
Coached turbo trainer or bike roller session delivered by Zoom straight into your home. For all members who have access to a turbo trainer or rollers.
Parents are asked to be available to supervise athletes at home during this session.
Saturday Mugdock (East Dunbartonshire): Rugged run
11am – noon
Coached trail run aimed at older athletes who are capable of running for up to an hour on the paths and trails around Mugdock Country Park and the West Highland Way.
Saturday Bellahouston (Glasgow): Bike/run
Glasgow Club Bellahouston, 31 Bellahouston Drive, G52 1HH
2.15pm – 4pm: Combined bike/run session on the bike track and paths of Bellahouston Park. For athletes of all abilities and ages.
Sunday Strathclyde University (Glasgow): Swim
Strathclyde Sport – Google Maps 160 Cathedral Street, Glasgow G4 0RQ
10am – 1pm: 2 x 90-minute swim sessions for all athletes who have met the club’s agreed minimum swim standard for regular sessions, or who can demonstrate suitable swim competence. This session cannot take place during periods when Glasgow is in Covid-19 protection level 4.
How to book & pay
You need to be a member of the club to book our training sessions. All of our current sessions are booked on our online booking facility.
Swim suit, goggles (plus spare), swim cap for children with long hair (mandatory).
A bike of any sort (providing it is safe and roadworthy) and a bike helmet for the cycle sessions. Turbo trainer and/or rollers if you own them for Zoom sessions.
Note: You cannot participate in cycling training or races unless you are wearing a helmet that fits correctly.
Running kit for all weathers and a pair of running shoes.
Keep up to date with the junior news, including race results and training events.
Codes of Conduct
Welfare and transparency are very important to us and we have prepared guidelines to let you know how we operate and what we expect from our members.
Children must be members of the club to be able to participate in regular training sessions. The first session is free of charge and you do not need to be a member, but if your child wishes to continue training with us we ask that they become members. The membership is £17 annually. Training session costs vary for juniors according to the venue and the length of the session but they are usually £3 to £6 per session. See join the club.
Who will look after my child?
Junior training sessions are led by qualified coaches, who have experience working with children and young adults. All coaches have been through the appropriate checks and the club is affiliated to the national governing body, Triathlon Scotland.
My child is new to triathlon
If children have an interest in sport, enjoy running and can ride a bike safely, we can help with the rest. Children wishing to attend novice swim sessions need to be able to swim 100m front crawl in 4 minutes or faster and meet more challenging conditions to join regular training sessions.
Events and races
Juniors can take part in various events and races throughout the year and that involves transport and time commitments by parents and helpers. Once you get involved, you’ll find many members support each other to get to training and events.
Do I need to help out?
We encourage parents to get involved and support their children. Many senior members have children in the junior section and a lot of our administration is done by volunteers. We would welcome any new offers to help with this.
Should you have concerns about the welfare of a child, poor practice or possible abuse, please contact the Club Welfare Officer Jennifer MacPhee.
If this is not appropriate, contact the Equality and Welfare Officer at triathlonscotland, Jill McIntyre, or National Development Officer, Callum Reid. You can also contact email@example.com.