Youths

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 jnrlist@glasgowtriathlonclub.co.uk for more details about how to join the club.

Prior to attending club swim sessions children will be invited to attend an informal swim assessment with one of our friendly coaches. Children must be able to swim 100m front crawl without breaks within 4 minutes to participate in our novice coached training sessions. New members who can show evidence of having met the required standards through race results or other verifiable sources may be able to access swim sessions, depending on availability.

Junior training sessions

GTC junior training sessions are based on a weekly programme of weekday evening combined swim/run sessions at a variety of Glasgow Life venues. These run in 5 blocks during the year that correspond to the school terms. We also have one swim only session on Monday evenings at North Woodside. In order to ensure continuity these are booked in blocks rather than on a week by week basis. If there is no space in your preferred session than you may have to join a waiting list and wait for a space to become available before being invited to sign u for that session.

In addition to the regular block bookings we also run weekly drop in sessions on Saturday afternoons. These can be booked in a week by week basis. These sessions can be a good introduction to the club to new members or those who are waiting for a space in their preferred block session.

There are non-swimming options available for members who feel they are not quite ready to join the swim sessions. In most cases these involve joining the session for the run section of swim/run session. We will also aim to get back to our regular spring and summer Saturday afternoon Bike/Run sessions at Bellahouston Park bike track as soon as the weather and light allow.

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.

At the start of 2022 our weekly programme is as follows

1. Monday North Woodside - Swim only – 6-7pm

Glasgow Club North Woodside, 10 Braid Square Glasgow. G4 9YQ https://goo.gl/maps/i1k1gBiWsJHjBadb7

Coached swim session.

“Development” spaces available for those having attended a swim assessment and felt to need more time before joining standard “Club” sessions.

2. Maryhill Tuesday – Swim/Run 6-8pm

Glasgow Club Maryhill 34 Gairbraid Avenue, Wynford G20 8YE https://goo.gl/maps/KMwNCKyGgWbXENRy7

Coached swim/run session combining pool swim followed by a run on the streets close to the sports centre. Development spaces available.

3. Maryhill Thursday – Swim/Run 6-8pm

Glasgow Club Maryhill 34 Gairbraid Avenue, Wynford G20 8YE https://goo.gl/maps/KMwNCKyGgWbXENRy7

Coached swim/run session combining pool swim followed by a run on the streets close to the sports centre.

4. Gorbals Thursday Swim/Run 6-8pm

Glasgow club Gorbals 275 Ballater Street, Glasgow G5 0YP https://goo.gl/maps/Wo74YB9XYQa4ZHx88

Coached swim/run session combining pool swim followed by a run round Glasgow Green.

5. Maryhill Saturday  Gym/swim 1-3pm

Glasgow Club Maryhill

Coached swim session followed by indoor strength and conditioning session. Strength and condition will move to outdoor run in Spring when weather allows. Development spaces available.

6. Maryhill Saturday  Gym/swim 2-4pm

Glasgow Club Maryhill

Coached swim session followed by indoor strength and conditioning session. Strength and condition will move to outdoor run in Spring when weather allows.

At the start of 2022 our session capacity is still not back to our pre pandemic level. We will be working hard to increase capacity during the year. In particular we would hope to be offered sessions at Glasgow Club Scotstoun when the pool reopens.

We also hope to be able to offer or usual school holiday sessions or camps during  the year.

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.

Essential kit

Swim

Swim suit, goggles (plus spare), swim cap for children with long hair (mandatory).

Bike

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.

Run

Running kit for all weathers and a pair of running shoes.

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.

Code Of Conduct

GTC costs

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. 

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.

Child welfare

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 welfare@triathlonscotland.org.