There are more than 500 UKCC qualified triathlon coaches in Scotland, each playing a key role in developing triathlon in clubs across the country. Our coaching programme is based on the Coaching Scotland blueprint, created by sportscotland.
There are currently three levels of UKCC Triathlon qualifications available for candidates to complete. These courses are delivered by our pool of expert coach tutors.
Throughout the year, we provide a range of professional development opportunities for qualified triathlon coaches, including open water swim training, closed road cycling and opportunities to critically reflect and share best practice.
What is coaching?
Coaching in triathlon is about helping participants to take part safely in the sport and to help them to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. Often people decide to complete a triathlon as a challenge but sometimes don’t really know where to start with their preparations. This is where a coach can be a great help. They can help you to plan your training, monitor your progress and teach you how to complete a multi-sport event.
If you’re a more experienced athlete, regular coaching can make a huge difference to your performances in races by helping you to improve on your weaknesses and develop your strengths across all three disciplines.
Inspiring more women into coaching
Triathlon strives to have an equal gender balance in coaching. Right now we do not yet have a 50/50 gender split in our qualified coach database so we need your help to encourage more women into coaching. So many women already coach others in their daily lives – in work, at home or with friends – and they simply don’t realise what a small step it would be to become a sports coach. We have some very inspirational female coaches, including Penny Rother who was the 2015 Community Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards. You can read all about her achievements here.
We are here to support everyone get started in coaching, but if you would like to know more about inspiring women into coaching, check out the Reach website here (a sports coach UK national campaign) and watch the short video below.