So you wanna be a triathlete? Or you might just like biking, running and swimming…
When? Saturdays 5pm – 7pm
Where? West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, NG10 4AA
What? Cycling, running and transition practice in a fun and friendly format. The first hour is spent running and cycling on West Park or in the sports hall if the weather is poor, the second hour is swimming in the Leisure Centre pool.
Cost? £30 per month, per junior, this is payable even if the juniors don’t attend every session as the club still has the cost of the pool to cover.
Minimum requirements to join; swim 50m unaided and without stopping, be at least 8 years old before joining. These are the only requirements to join the junior club, we are inclusive, friendly and have a great team-spirit.
Currently we are at our maximum number of juniors but we do have a waiting list so please use the email address below to add your potential junior triathlete and we will be in-touch:
Email for juniors : firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Welfare Officers can be contacted by sending an email to; email@example.com.
You should include your name, details of any concerns, phone number and also specify a good time to contact you. Include all this as attachment and not in the email itself. This will then be forwarded to the club welfare officers. You could also speak privately with one of the coaches at the sessions.
Click Here for the link to the Safeguarding section of the BTF website
Juniors can become Tristar members of British Triathlon, click here for more info
Guidelines for junior competitors
A competitor’s age is determined by their age on December 31st in the year of competition.
Juniors are divided into age-group categories described below for Triathlon:
TriStars Start (TSS) 8 years old. Swim 50m, Bike 800m-1.5km, Run 600m
TriStars 1 (TS1) 9-10 years old. Swim 150m, Bike 2km-4km, Run 1.5km
TriStars 2 (TS2) 11-12 years old. Swim 200m, Bike 4km-6km, Run 2km,
TriStars 3 (TS3) 13-14 years old. Swim 300m, Bike 6km-8km, Run 3km
Youths 15-16 years old may participate in sprint distance events with written parental consent.
Juniors are divided into age-group categories described below for Duathlon:
TriStars Start (TSS) 8 years old. Run 400m, Bike 800m-1.5km, Run 200m
TriStars 1 (TS1) 9-10 years old. Run 1.2km, Bike 2km-4km, Run 400m
TriStars 2 (TS2) 11-12 years old. Run 1,6km, Bike 4km-6km, Run 600m
TriStars 3 (TS3) 13-14 years old. Run 2km, Bike 6km-8km, Run 800m
Youths 15-15 years old – please check British Triathlon website
Taking the next step
British Triathlon are very keen to promote the sport of triathlon to young people. To build skills and confidence they hold a number of “skills schools” to encourage youngsters to build their skills and, experience different coaching styles and activities. Click here for a list of upcoming Skills School days.
British Triathlon Junior / Youth Talent Pathway / Progression
The national Talent Pathway helps prepare promising triathletes for success at the highest levels, providing a gateway onto the British Triathlon Performance Pathway.
Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon offer Talent Academies. The academies are led by a Head Coach who works with national staff to deliver a programme of support to the best youth and junior triathletes in their region. There are specific selection criteria to be selected for the academies. Find out more here.
Regions within England also have Talent Academies and also Development Squads. Long Eaton falls within the East Midlands Regional Academy which holds selection trials regularly for budding talented athletes. For more info click here
Sitting under the East Midlands Regional Academy is the Derbyshire Triathlon Academy based in Derby at the Woodlands School. Sessions cost £20 and usually take most of the day one Sunday in a month. The academy is run by BTF Level 3 coaches Hilary Johnson and Stephen Greene with the aim of enhancing and building on skills learnt in the clubs in Derbyshire / East Midlands and training with those of a similar high standard. Juniors should be between 12 – 16 years old and must be able to swim 100 m in 2.15 mins and run 800m in 3.30 mins.
Contact details are either via the Derbyshire Triathlon Academy Facebook page or by emailing:
Steve Greene : firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilary Johnson : email@example.com