Case Study – Awards for All
Awards for All Scotland is a Big Lottery Fund programme, run in partnership with sportscotland giving groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.
A great example of the use of such funding is from East Fife Triathlon Club, who successfully received an Awards for All grant to help with their plans to roll out an accessible training programme aimed at beginners.
With the success of their first aquathlon event in St Andrews in 2015, the club realised that many of their entrants were first timers to multi-sport – with the majority from a running background looking to try out a new challenge. The club were also regularly receiving enquiries from people apprehensive about starting, or getting back in to, swimming, so the idea of running series of beginner swimming lessons was formed. The take up of these sessions was fantastic.
The sessions were fun and exciting and gave me the confidence and determination to do the race
As a result the club quickly recognised there was a big appetite for the coached beginner swim sessions, and as such decided to approach the Awards for All Scotland fund for a grant to help the club run a whole range of sessions targeting those new to the sport.
The application was successful and the the club committee planned to run a subsidised programme of training ahead of their event: the East Fife Triathlon, that would run for a couple of months leading up to the date of the race. The sessions targeted those new to triathlon and covered all disciplines: swim, bike, run and transition where those taking part would get the chance to attend over 30 sessions.
….provide our members with new experiences
Gwen Tivendale (48) participated in the initiative, nicknamed the GIAT (Give It A Try) and said: “Doing the training gave me the confidence to be able to get on a bike and my swimming came on leaps and bounds because of the techniques we practiced.
“This experience was made possible by the low cost of training from qualified coaches. The sessions were fun and exciting and gave me the confidence and determination to do the race. I really appreciate all the input from the coaches – they were so patient, kind and motivating. At the beginning one coach said you’ll need a water bottle on the bike – I laughed and said I wouldn’t as I was unable to remove my hands from the handlebars. That’s changed now!
“At the event itself all the coaches were there supporting us and cheering us on which showed their commitment and that they believed in us. I am now a member of East Fife Triathlon Club and looking forward to my next event where I am looking to try an open water sprint!”
East Fife Triathlon Club Committee Member, Alastair Hood comments: “This funding was great and helped us bring to fruition ideas we [the committee] had discussed in order to further develop the club and provide our members with new experiences. We were also able to buy some resources to assist in training, such as pool equipment, a couple of turbos and some wetsuits. We were then able to pass these on to our members for their benefit.”
This is a fantastic example from East Fife Triathlon Club, showing their commitment to being an inclusive, friendly club that caters for all their members.
If you would like more information on the Awards for All Scotland fund click here.