Chester Triathlon Club has an active junior section with young athletes aged from 8 to 17 taking part in regular training and racing. Currently we have about 40 children who meet and train each Saturday afternoon for two hours (apart from August when we have a break). We have a small number of coaches who run these sessions, and we are looking for a number of helpers who can offer their time on a rota basis. You don’t need to be a coach, just willing to give some time to help the coaches run the session.
Club member Ian Jameson began helping out at the juniors last year and has found it hugely rewarding – here’s what he has to say about it.
“I started helping coaching the Juniors in September 2017 at the start of the school year (juniors don’t have training sessions provided during the summer holidays). I wanted to give something back to the club but do not have any formal coaching qualifications despite a wide range of experience in training for sporting activity.
The Juniors are a perfect fit for me.
I have started to take the top two lanes of the swim session where i find i can give added value to the better swimmers through my experience as well as formal coaching. The same applies to the sports hall activities or outside for the second half of the session. The sessions are structured but never too far away from being fun and varied.
Even in the short time I have been working with the Juniors it is very satisfying to see them improve – often at a depressingly alarming rate!
Coaches / helpers are there just the one session per week and there is no formal requirement to be there for every single session and the senior coaches are flexible in accommodating other commitments people have.
I would recommend to anyone like me who would like to give something back to the club but in a less formal setting than the senior sessions to shadow a coach at the Junior sessions to see what we are all about.”
The juniors also run two events which are very rewarding and lots of fun to marshal at. If you can’t give your time regularly at training but can help out at the events please do get in touch!
If you can spare a couple of hours a month to help out at the junior sessions, or would like to help at events, please get in touch with Nania and Simon on firstname.lastname@example.org.