Presidents Forum 2017

13th Nov 2017 | Written by Carolyn Reid
(Mike Talbot, Montrose Triathlon Club President pictured right)

Triathlon Scotland were delighted to recently host two forums in Dundee and Stirling, specially for club presidents.

The new events, hosted in November, were a chance to engage closely with club leaders, and the idea for the forums arose from our February club roadshows, where the potential benefits of a president’s forum were identified.

The aim for the forums was to provide an opportunity for Triathlon Scotland’s CEO (Jane Moncrieff) and President (Gavin Calder) to have contact with presidents of clubs in order to share information,  discuss challenges and explore examples of good practice.

In addition to this, the forum provided an opportunity for presidents to develop a peer support network in order to share and discuss and resolve the challenges they face within their clubs.

The clubs that attended the inaugural forums included: Montrose Triathlon Club, Glenrothes Triathlon Club, Stirling Triathlon Club, RAF Lossiemouth, Lanark Triathlon Club, Perth Tri, Glasgow Tri, Edinburgh #3, Borders Tri and Edinburgh Triathletes. The varying size and base location of each club provided great representation from across the sport.

Both forums were split into two sessions, with the first session focusing on sharing information. The agenda included topics such as our child protection review, membership review, communications, strategy development and the important new data protection legislation effective from 25th May 2018.

The second session took the form of action learning, where Presidents discussed a particular challenge or issue that they were experiencing within their club. Each challenge was then discussed in the group where the presidents made an effort to solve the problem collectively. This session was hugely interactive and created lots of debate and sharing of ideas.

It was agreed unanimously that an annual Presidents forum is a must. In addition to this, a presidents Facebook page has been set up to share useful information and network on an ongoing basis.  If you are a club president and would like to be included in this group, please contact

Overall the two nights were deemed to be a very positive initiative with Jane Moncrieff, saying:

“It was fantastic to get out of the office and put faces to names. Meeting people and getting to know what the common challenges are for people in clubs helps us to plan and direct our time and resources so much better. It also helps to create a transparent and honest relationship where people are prepared to have discussions, about the good and the not so good.  As a positive result, presidents forums will definitely feature on our calendar going forward.”

Mike Talbot, Montrose Triathlon club said:

“The meeting last night in Dundee was really good and informative. It’s great to hear the plans that Triathlon Scotland have and to have the opportunity to discuss the issues we have as a club. It’s also reassuring to hear that other clubs have the same or very similar issues that we’re having so we must be doing a decent job.

He continued:

“Both the roadshow and the presidents forum are a great way to reach out to the clubs. It’s very encouraging that Triathlon Scotland are taking the initiative to listen to what we have to say but also for us to hear what you’ve got to say. Having these face to face meetings with clubs and Triathlon Scotland gives us the opportunity to try to iron out issues that we all have.”

Graham Coull, Stirling Triathlon Club also commented on facebook:

“I attended the first Presidents meeting hosted by Triathlon Scotland last night at Stirling University where the idea was to share ideas, problem solve and discuss real areas we all struggle in with growing clubs – junior development, welfare, cash collection, coach development amongst others. It was a great session where we got some brilliant ideas from each other and networked afterwards. Thanks Triathlon Scotland for the initiative.”

Thanks to everyone for attending and we look forward to seeing you all at our AGM on 26 November.

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