Triathlon Scotland has a budding and lively youth section and with the increasing popularity of the sport as well as an increase in youth sections in our clubs, more and more kids are getting in to triathlon.
Find A Club
Clubs are at the heart of triathlon in Scotland and a number of the clubs around the country have recognised that providing opportunities for young people to take part is key to the future of our sport. Clubs with youth sections normally have youth specific training sessions and dedicate youth section coaches. Use our club finder page to find a suitable club in your area.
There are lots of opportunities out there for the most seasoned young triathlete to the absolute beginner, including the Legends Rankings Youth Aquathlon Series – combining swimming and running – and the annual Scottish Youth Triathlon Championship.
Youths and juniors compete in set age group categories as below:
- Age 8
- Age 9-10
- Age 11-12
- Age 13-14
- Age 15-16
Age is taken as per 31 December of the year of competition.
Youth Development Training Opportunities
Each year we host three youth training sessions to support young athletes and their coaches develop their skills. These sessions are open to athletes of all levels aged between 10 and 16 years old and are also part of the inter-regional championships (IRC) selection criteria. Coaches are also invited to attend as part of their ongoing CPD and to assist with the delivery.
For the schedule of events, please visit the IRC page.
There is a small charge per session and per athlete to contribute towards the cost of running the session, which will be collected on the day. Coaches and athletes wishing to attend should register with National Development Manager at email@example.com
Scottish Schools Championships
The Scottish Schools Championships returned in 2015 as an aquathlon held during the school day. Racing is open to all pupils in S1 to S6 and features both individual races and a mixed team relay. Race distances are as follows and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes are available in each category for both boys and girls:
S1/2 = 300m swim, 2km run
S3/4 = 400m swim, 3km run
S5/6 = 500m swim, 4km run
The Mixed Team Relay will be contested over a 200m swim and 1km run per athlete in a girl, boy, girl, boy format. Entries are only available through schools. Further information on how to enter can be found on our Scottish Schools Championship page.