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.
For everyone, the best place to find a coach is to contact your local Triathlon Scotland affiliated club, who will have a range of trained coaches to help you to achieve your goals. With more than 700 qualified triathlon coaches across Scotland we have a strong network of amazing people out there to inspire and guide triathletes of all levels, ages and abilities!
How does Triathlon Scotland support coaches?
Triathlon Scotland provide a wide variety of support to coaches across the whole pathway from Triathlon Activators supporting their local club or school triathlon activity through to Performance Coaches supporting our elite athletes competing at international level.
Our team of Coach Educators are experts in their field and strive to create the optimal learning environment on our courses to maximise your development as a coach. Our Coaching Qualifications and CPD opportunities are regularly delivered in locations across the country and our programme is based on the national Coaching Scotland framework, created by sportscotland.
Throughout the year, we provide a range of support for coaches including:
- Coaching qualifications – Level 1, 2 and 3
- National Coaching Conference
- Online Coach Webinars
- British Triathlon CPD: Open Water Coaching, Strength & Conditioning for Triathletes and Head Coach Workshops.
- Discipline specific CPD such as closed road cycling
- Cross-sport coach development sessions
- Bespoke club requested support including coaching structures, coach recruitment and Personal Development Plans
Inspiring more women into coaching
Triathlon Scotland strives to have an equal gender balance in coaching. Right now we do not yet have a 50/50 gender split in our coaching workforce 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.
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.