Information for Clubs
Membership of Triathlon Scotland affiliated clubs by athletes with a disability is growing year on year. To ensure that your club offers disability athletes an inclusive and friendly place to train, we recommend the following:
- Ensure your club offers a welcoming environment for all new members.
- Provide information on your website and club materials that explain how to get involved with club sessions. Do people know your club is there and open for business regardless of ability?
- Be sensitive to persity and prepared to make adaptations as required.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Disabled athletes know their disability and what they can/can’t do better than anyone and can offer your club and coaches valuable information on their specific needs.
- Be aware of the access to your club training facilities – are they accessible for disabled people and does the venue have any specialist equipment?
- Both Triathlon Scotland and Scottish Disability Sport offer various disability inclusion training. Ensure someone from your club has had some training and can support the club become more inclusive.
- Use the Inclusion Club Hub to assess how inclusive your club currently is and whether you need to make any changes. Use their resources to support your club’s development.
- If you are a race organiser be prepared to talk to disability athletes wanting to enter your race and know what adaptations are possible on your course. Ensure that your event materials include information for disability participants so they know to contact you to discuss their needs prior to entry.
For more information and tools for developing your club, visit our Club Toolkit.
There are some great examples in triathlon where clubs are catering for a number of disability athletes. To find out what they are doing and take some inspiration for making your club more inclusive, read our case studies:
Case Study 2 (coming soon)
In order to provide clubs and their coaches the knowledge and confidence they need to work with disability athletes, we offer a range of CPD workshops. These are usually hosted at Exchange (annually in November) and/or our Conference in February each year. For more information on upcoming courses or to discuss your clubs disability inclusion training needs, please contact Jane.
Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) also offer a range of disability inclusion training courses and you can read more about these on their website.
Triathlon Scotland development staff are on hand to provide your club with any help that you feel you may need.
Furthermore, SDS have a network of Regional Development Officers and local Branches who are on hand locally to offer guidance and support to your clubs and members. To find out who your local contact is, visit the SDS Contacts page.