Welcome to the February 2015 edition of triathlonscotland's affiliated club news. We hope you enjoy our latest edition and if there is anything that you would like us to feature more regularly, don't hesitate to get in touch. Most importantly, don't forget to share this information with your club members.
Lesley Jakubiak is on maternity leave just now and so her post will be covered by Ewan Mowat who joins the triathlonscotland team on 2 March. Ewan will be continuing our In Focus series, showcasing the sport through the activities and achievements of our members. We are looking for contributors for a number of articles including
– triathlon for health. Have you, or someone in your club taken up triathlon for health reasons? Was it under doctors orders or a choice you made yourself to live a healthy, happier life? We've had a good response from men via social media and so would now particularly like to hear from women.
– triathlon for fundraising. Are you or someone in your club doing a triathlon for charity? If so why is the cause close to your heart and are you pushing yourself out of your comfort zone (e.g. racing in another country, doing a longer distance etc) to attract extra sponsorship support?
– membership discounts. Have you used your 25% Garmin code yet? If so what did you buy? Was it for you or a loved one? What would be your ultimate membership benefit for joining triathlonscotland?
If you can contribute to any of these articles, then please get in touch with Ewan via firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details.
Clubs are reminded to let their members know that membership of triathlonscotland is now open for 2015-2016 season. Our triathlon year runs from 1 April to 31 March. If you opted to renew via direct debit then debits will be taken on 16 March.
IMPORTANT: Club members are only insured for training and racing if they are a member of triathlonscotland. Club affiliaton insurance does not provide this cover so clubs must circulate information about membership to club members to encourage everyone to sign up. A full list of benefits, discounts and how to sign up is available on our membership page.
Members wishing to take part in the Legends Ranking Series must be members by 31 May 2015. To view the Legends Ranking Series events, visit our Ranking Series page.
Club Affiliaton 2015-2016
Club secretaries will be pleased to know that new for 2015-2016, club affiliation is now online! This change has been implemented to make the affiliation process easier for both clubs and triathlonscotland. Your club will soon be emailed a user guide and a personal log in where you can view your club's information and complete any missing information as well as upload your club's most up to date policy documents.
Has your club seen a rise in membership enquiries in the new year? Recently we came across an article from the Sport and Recreation Alliance offering advice to membership organisations. The article is relevant to club membership and includes help and advice for defining your membership offer, attracting and retaining members. To read the full article, visit the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.
Coach Education – Courses & Events
All of our 2015-2016 coach education courses are now in progress but there is still time to sign up for the UKCC Level 1 course in Montrose (14/15 March & 18 April) and although you will be cutting it fine, UKCC Level 1 in Edinburgh (28 Feb, 1 March & 22 March). To register, please visit our coach education page.
Coaching course subsidies distributed by sportscotland are changing from 1 April 2015. Please review our handy information sheet
detailing the changes.
Class of 2014 Event Focus Event 28 & 29 March (free!)
Coaches, club officers and interested club members are invited to attend the sportscotland Class of 2014 focus event, a national get together for those involved in one of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports to celebrate Class of 2014, a development initiative for sports which ran alongside the Commonwealth Games. Delivered in partnership with each sport governing body, our workshop is first aid for triathlon. There is also a celebration dinner at the Thistle Hotel on Saturday 28 March.
We are pleased to announce that the application process for 2015 event start up grants is now open. Start up grants (£300) can be used for anything to help bring an event idea to life. Clubs who have already applied for an event start up grant in the past can re-apply each year, provided the event they originally established is still active. Grants are paid in advance of the event taking place and clubs who receive a grant must use the funds in 2015. If the event does not take place, the funds are required to be returned to triathlonscotland.
If attracting additional sponsorship is part of your event management plan then Eventbrite has published a Britepaper which gives some great hints and tips to attracting and retaining sponsors. You can take a look at the Britepaper here.
Scottish Schools Championships Re-launch
Last Friday (20 February) we re-launched our Scottish Schools Championships event which has been on a break for two years. The event will return as an aquathlon (swim-run) and will also feature a mixed team relay event for ages S1-S6.
The Volunteering Support Grant from the Voluntary Action Fund offers funding to organisations to create new or enhanced volunteering projects, increasing the diversity of volunteers, especially those from disadvantaged groups, and improving opportunities, skills and personal development through volunteering. The grant also supports organisations to enhance their services and improve their capacity to deploy, support and train volunteers. For more information visit Voluntary Action Fund.
If your club serves food as part of it's activities (for free or for sale) then the Scottish Sports Association have advised that all clubs must be compliant with food health and safety and be registered with their local authority. For more information please refer to the documents below and contact your local Food Safety Enforcement Officer.
Final thought of the day
If you have children but never take them on your training runs, then you might want to read this article for a little insight about running with your kids
(links to the Telegraph)
Thanks for reading. The next issue of Club News will be out in April 2015.