Volunteers across the country make triathlon a successful sport and we work with our volunteer workforce to ensure that they are supported in their chosen volunteering role. Thank you to all of the volunteers who took part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as Clydesiders and especially to our triathlon volunteers who made the three races a huge success!  Read on to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer in triathlon.

Our volunteering roles

Event marshalling is a brilliant place to start your volunteering adventure! You will be led by a section team leader who will be on hand to provide you with information about your duties during the race which can include course set-up, poolside support, water station operator and distributing the prizes post-event.

Triathlon knowledge – not essential but a little helps
Time commitment – one to two days per event
Progression – section leader, event director, technical official
Get involved by contacting your local club committee.  Find a club

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Event organisers have a little more responsibility and lead the delivery of triathlon events. They delegate to an event delivery committee and help to ensure that each event runs to plan.  There is a wide range of support available to event organisers both online and through training courses.

Triathlon knowledge – understanding of triathlon events is useful
Time commitment – around 10 days per event (less if the event is already established)
Progression – technical official, major event volunteer (e.g. British Championships / World Series)

Get involved by visiting our event support page

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Technical Officials (referees) are some of our most knowledgable volunteers.  Qualified officials help event organisers deliver their events safely and fairly and provide invaluable feedback to help events continually improve.

Triathlon knowledge – understanding of triathlon events is essential
Time commitment – around 5-10 days per annum for training, development and officating at events
Progression – National/Continental/International Technical Official which can see you officiating at British/European/World events, and even Commonwealth/Olympic Games!

Get involved by visiting our technical official development page

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Club committee members assume roles such as: chairperson, secretary, treasurer, media officer, website editor and welfare officer. It is a great way to be involved in developing your club and to share your ideas to make the club a success.

Triathlon knowledge – an understanding of triathlon events is helpful, but your professional skills are most useful
Time commitment – around 6 days per annum (most club committees meet every two months)
Progression – Triathlon Scotland board member, sportscotland board member

Get involved by contacting your local club committee.  Find a club

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Club coaches are a specialist area of volunteering, they help fellow triathletes to develop their skills. All aspiring coaches must attend a UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) training course. Qualified coaches can  then tap into our coaching network to share ideas and keep up-to-date with current coaching practice.

Triathlon knowledge – an interest in triathlon is essential
Time commitment – person specific.  Expect to spend 2-3 days per year at coach development sessions
Progression – Level 2 & 3 UKCC, delivering coach education as a tutor

Get involved by visiting our coach development pages

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Triathlon Scotland board members are also key voluntary roles.  The Board of Directors determine policy and strategy decisions on behalf of the membership. Good governance is vital to the ongoing strength of any sport and, in particular, to a sport’s ability to attract and retain funding. Board elections take place at our Annual General Meeting.

Triathlon knowledge – an interest in triathlon and the development of sport is essential
Time commitment – 6 board meetings plus preparation time. Circa 20 days per annum
Progression – British Triathlon board, sportscotland board, international sport committee representation

Vacant board positions are advertised in advance of our November AGM on our vacancies page.

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How can I volunteer?

If you would like to discuss any of our volunteering opportunities, please contact us on 01786 466921 or email volunteers@triathlonscotland.org.  Alternatively you can complete and return our Volunteer Enquiry Form below along with an equality and persity monitoring form and we will help to match you to a suitable role.

Clubs/events looking for volunteers

For clubs and event organisers, the Volunteer Recruitment FAQs download below provides a handy overview of what to consider before recuiting new volunteers and also contains a useful list of possible places to source new volunteers.

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Useful links

Our Partners

Triathlon Scotland is proud to work alongside the following partners and sponsors.

  • Equality in Sport
  • British Triathlon
  • sportscotland
  • University of Stirling
  • Winning Students Scotland
  • Cashback for Communities
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Legends S
  • ImacImages Photography
  • Yonda
  • MPH
  • Knockburn
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