Vote for Grangemouth Triathlon Club! Triathlon4All16th Apr 2018 | Written by Gemma Simpson
Vote for Grangemouth Triathlon Club! Their project Triathlon4All has been shortlisted for a People’s Project Award.
For the 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery are teaming up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.
Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through this partnership to 865 good causes across the UK. In 2018 three projects in each region will receive up to £50,000 to realise their ambitions, and Grangemouth Triathlon Club could be one of them!
Their project, Triathlon4All will help the club to encourage more people to take part in Triathlon, and in particular people who might be thinking completing a triathlon event is out of their reach.
The club want to break down common barriers to the sport such as the cost of triathlon equipment, and how fit you need to be. If successful, the club’s project will encourage as many people as possible, including people with a disability, to be part of the wee club with a big heart.
“Please vote for us! This project means a lot to us, and we want to enable people to come to the club with nothing other than curiosity and to leave with the will and belief that they can complete one of our events at the end of the 2018 and for it to cost them as little money as possible.” Lee Reid, Grangemouth Triathlon Club project co-ordinator
Their plan for success is simple, starting with two new events in Forth Valley area, newcomers will be supported to train for one of these events, with a goal of completing one of the events by the end of 2018.
As well as offering training, the club will use the funding to purchase a range of equipment that will be available for use on training days and for private practice. They realise especially that as children grow up so fast, buying a new bike every couple of years can be expensive.
The bike recycle scheme the club hope to offer will provide a larger bike in exchange for the child’s smaller bike, which the club will then service and have available for someone more suitable. The same process will apply to all equipment that the club will hold such as wetsuits.
Project co-ordinator, Lee Reid (Triathlon Scotland Children’s Coach of the Year 2017) said:
“Please vote for us! This project means a lot to us, and we want to enable people to come to the club with nothing other than curiosity and to leave with the will and belief that they can complete one of our events at the end of the 2018 and for it to cost them as little money as possible.”
“The other part of our club development plan is to encourage disabled people into the club. With the funding support we will be able to source the correct equipment and undertake training so that our coaching team can provide a valuable introduction to the sport. So please vote for us today!”
Triathlon Scotland’s Development Manager Calum Reid said:
“Grangemouth Triathlon club is a club we look up to at Triathlon Scotland. They are a young club, growing both organically and through targeted work and are always finding ways to encourage their membership to enjoy the sport through their involvement in exciting projects.
“I urge everyone to vote for the club so that they can secure the funding for a bright future. Moreover, should the club be successful in their funding, we hope that other clubs in Scotland will be encouraged to develop their own inclusivity strategies, and when ready, we are here to help bring these plans to life. Just get in touch with me, or your regional officer at any time.”
Voting closes Monday 30 April 2018 and so to vote please visit this website link
Once you have voted for all the projects that you think are worthy, you must click on the confirmation email that you receive from the People’s Project for your vote to count.
Players of The National Lottery raise around £30 million every week for good causes, including the People’s Project, and monies raised also supports funding for organisations such as Triathlon Scotland, and the development of athletes on High Performance Programmes. By playing, you can help many projects come to life. For more information and to play National Lottery games, click here.
To find out more about Grangemouth Triathlon Club, click here.