2017 Club Roadshow Success!24th Mar 2017 | Written by Gemma Simpson
It’s exciting when a small idea proves to be a huge success and that was just the case for our three club roadshow visits across Scotland last week.
The problem and the solution were relatively simple. With fairly low attendance levels at our club workshops during our previous annual coaching and volunteer conferences, we needed to find a way to reach more people. So, we shortened the time commitment, and came to you!
The first was in Montrose with committee members from Monifieth, Montrose & East Fife Triathlon Clubs in attendance. The second and largest gathering was in South Queensferry and was attended by Perth & West Lothian Triathlon Clubs, as well as Edinburgh Triathletes, Edinburgh Road Club, Edinburgh #3 and Glenrothes Triathlon Club. Our third and final evening was held in Glasgow where we welcomed D&G, Ayrodynamic, Glasgow and Stirling Triathlon Clubs.
CEO Jane Moncrieff welcomed everyone, and started with the big question, why do we (TS) want to work with you? It was an easy answer, because clubs play a crucial role in delivering our sport, and without clubs, triathlon in Scotland would not be where it is today. She urged everyone present to work alongside us to evidence the good work of clubs, and to help us to illustrate how our three sports together can contribute positively to the sport, physical and health agenda.
An ideal opportunity to meet enthusiastic Triathlon Scotland members and share experiences and knowledge.
Development Manager Calum Reid then took clubs through the club’s journey, and along the way highlighted the opportunities where Triathlon Scotland can lend specific expertise. We stopped for a time to discuss membership of Triathlon Scotland and we asked clubs to help us to share our membership messages by adding information to club websites, thinking about an incentive (such as discounted membership) for club members who have also joined triathlon Scotland and sharing of our monthly emails, Tri Tales and Club News.
Pamela our Operations Manager responsible for membership hosted a short quiz to highlight our key membership myths. The questions we asked are below, why not see how well you would do! Answers at the foot of the page.
Q1) By being a member of a club, are you insured to participate in club training sessions and permitted events?
Q2) By being a member of a club, and coaching club sessions, are you insured to coach, train and race?
Q3) By completing Triathlon Scotland’s club affiliation process, will your club possessions (equipment etc) be insured for fire, theft, or damage?
Following membership, we went onto explore events, and asked each group what are the most important things they consider when choosing an event? Some of the suggestions given were as follows: the distance, the format, the location, was it local and easy to get to, does it caters for all abilities, is it not too elite, the race organiser’s reputation, the friendly atmosphere, value for money food and a flat cycle!
This helped to highlight that what is important to you, will just as likely be as important to others and we hope that clubs will consider if their event caters for all abilities, is value for money, has a friendly atmosphere and perhaps has a flat cycle… (ok we know that won’t be possible at every race in Scotland!)
The Triathlon Scotland Roadshow was a great chance to meet like minded people from other clubs.
Events also provide a platform for club members to volunteer, and the major events clubs should consider helping at in 2017 are Strathclyde Park Multisport Festival, WTS Leeds and Ironman 70.3 in Edinburgh. We also highlighted the 2018 European Championships and the triathlon volunteer code that will be launched in time for volunteer registration opening. The code is to ensure that those with relevant experience will be highlighted and hopefully offered a sport specific role come Championships time.
Calum concluded the discussion by reminding everyone to look out for and nominate club members of any age, to our annual awards.
The next part of the evening saw sportscotland lead a slimmed down version of the Sports Coach UK Supporting Coaches workshop. We focused on how to develop and retain coaches more effectively but there is also a section on recruiting coaches and volunteers. We talked about the financial value of our coaches, what they want in terms of development and reward and touched on the dangers of giving rewards that are really just tools for the job. All clubs were able to take the opportunity to share their own good practice with others and pick up new ideas. If your club would like to take part in a similar workshop then contact the Regional Development Officer in your region to request support.
The evening finished with a wonderful case study by East Fife Triathlon Club who reinvigorated their club with an injection of brand new members who completed a 12 week introduction to triathlon thanks to the support of an Awards for All grant and a group of committed coaches. A long-standing member of the club talked about how the project came about, how they delivered it and why it was a great experience for the club.
We then heard from some of the participants, why they got involved, how they developed and what they are doing now (coaching the juniors/taking up committee positions and racing middle and long distances) after only 14 months in the sport. The next project for us is to ensure all clubs are affiliated for the 2017-2018 club year.
The development team (Calum, Andy and Elise) will be available to visit clubs, help them to complete the club affiliation documents, and shape their club’s development plans over the next 12 months. We would like to thank everyone who came along for their enthusiasm and excellent contributions, it’s amazing what happens when people talk!
We hope to welcome even more clubs to our next series!