Skills School Club Experience Days

7th Dec 2018 | Written by Calum Reid

Triathlon Scotland are delighted to, for the first time, engage directly with coaches and young athletes in their club environment through the new Skills School Club Experience Day initiative. Skills School sets out to embed a fun, creative and inspiring skill-learning process at the centre of young triathlete development.

The first of two recent Club Experience Days saw West Lothian and GRC Triathlon Clubs come together at Armadale Academy. The day which had more than 30 participants and 10 coaches in attendance began with the coaches getting together to find out more about the foundations and principles of Skills School and what the day would have in store.

The participants then arrived and started their day with swim session that made creative use of the small school pool to engage all participants in developing their open water skills and confidence. After a short break the focus moved to developing bike handling skills. Following the Skills School principle of guided challenge and discovery the coaches set up a number of games and challenges which participants were able to experiment with and find their own solutions to while all the time improving their skills. It was great then that when asked about what they enjoyed one of the participants told us “It was very creative and game based. Really good fun.”

Triathlon Scotland believe that hosting a Skills School Club Experience Day has a number of benefits for clubs:

  • Athletes and coaches explore fun and creative ways to be their best.
  • Athletes are given the chance to experience session built on the principle of guided challenge and discovery that is commonly used throughout the athlete pathway.
  • Skills School is the only coach development programme specifically aimed at coaches working with children.

Grangemouth Triathlon Club also recently played host to a Club Experience Day with the Skills School coach heading to their normal weekend session to work with their coaches and young athletes. This session also saw coaches being given the opportunity to set athletes a number of challenges with the added bonus of an unusual triathlon prop, a bunch of balloons.

The lead coach set off the session with a warm up focused on developing movements skills which the club coaches then developed into a series of relay races and challenges all involving the balloons in some way or another.

After a break the session moved to the pool where athletes were given the opportunity to sort themselves into ability groups and then be set challenges appropriate to their ability. One example being a challenge of swimming in a group round the perimeter of the pool while keeping the balloon with their group at all times. For some this involved stops and lots of communications while for the stronger groups their understanding and knowledge of drafting was able to come into play.

Following this session one coach remarked “The coaches and kids were buzzing after it. They all loved it and the coaches picked up a lot of ideas and tips on how to adapt future sessions.”

You can find out more about hosting a Club Experience Day in your club here: Club Experience Day Info Document

To arrange a Club Experience Day in your club contact:

Calum Reid – Development Manager
p: 07860 716 418

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