Volunteers are the lifeblood of our clubs and without their dedication triathlon would not be where it is today.
ComeAlongAthon is our way of helping your clubs to recruit more volunteers. We have developed resources to help you to host ComeAlongAthon events that will allow you to promote the volunteering opportunities within your club and the beauty is that you can tailor your event to your club’s needs, wants or interests.
When to host an event
We are encouraging clubs to host ComeAlongAthlon events within the off season months – October to March – however you can host your ComeAlongAthon event at any time of the year.
What type of event should we organise?
Events can be social bike rides, group runs, track sessions, mini races, even just coffee and cake or beer and blether! We don’t mind as long as they are welcoming, inclusive and as far as possible, free to attend. You can download our top 10 event ideas below.
Remember though, the emphasis is volunteering and so consider the ways in which you could attract more people to help at events, take on a coaching role or step up to the committee. Review where in the club you are most stretched and consider who appears to be keen to help, usually just by asking, people will be willing!
Marketing & PR
If you are planning a local ComeAlongAthon event, let us know so that we can shout about it! We have give-aways, banners and bunting to brand your event and below we have poster and flyer templates to help advertise your activity. Make use of Facebook and Twitter to promote your event and add the Come Along Athlon logo to your website. Remember if you are using Twitter to promote your event, include us (@Scottishtri) so we can re-tweet you!
Think about who your target audience is. Put posters up in schools, sports centres, bike and run shops and community notice boards. Talk to your local newspaper about your event and send them a report and pictures after the event. Don’t forget to send your report to us too as you can feature on our website.
Fun and safe for all
Please note that if your event is taking place in a new venue or you intend to do activity in open spaces, it is recommended that you take a participant register, collect emergency contact details and complete a risk assessment. If children will be attending, make sure that they are accompanied by an adult. Also, if anyone takes photos, ask them to sign in and offer everyone the chance to opt out of having their image taken.
Consider how you will follow up after your event and how you will help those willing to get involved get started. Encourage everyone in your club to become a member of Triathlon Scotland. This will ensure your club members have vital insurance, as well as the opportunity to be kept up-to-date with the training courses Triathlon Scotland offers.
Further help and advice
You can speak to any of the Triathlon Scotland Development Team by calling 01786 466921. You can also email your questions or queries to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ComeAlongAthlon Poster
- ComeAlongAthon Flyer
- ComeAlongAthon Logo
- ComeAlongAthon Activity Ideas
- ComeAlongAthon Poster Example
Supported by Celebrate Lottery Funding