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Junior Section

Due to high demand for places the juniors section is currently full and the waiting list is closed.

This will be reviewed again in April 2020. If you wish your child to join the club please make contact in April and they will be either offered a place or added to the waiting list. 

If you are enquiring about the youth group (over 14 years old) please note that youth members must have some experience in swimming front crawl, running and cycling . They will need to have use of a road bike and will need to attend a trial session before joining . 

Thank you.

For all enquiries regarding the Chichester Westgate Junior Triathlon Club please contact Nicky McCulloch at cwtctristars@gmail.com

The junior section of Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club welcomes those aged 8-17 years, and is suitable for all levels of ability – we prioritise participation, effort, and good sportsmanship. The coached sessions are divided into two groups:- the juniors (8-14 years old) and the youth (14-17 years old). The lead coach for the juniors is Nicky McCulloch and the lead coach for the youth is Adam McCulloch. New or less experienced 14 year old children are welcome to attend the juniors group.

The juniors attend two coached sessions each week during term time for swimming, cycling and running. Older juniors (Year 7 and above) are also offered a weekly indoor cycle session on spin bikes.

We also offer training camps in the New Forest for older the youth group and specific sessions such as open water swimming in the summer. We have previously invited guest speakers to deliver talks on subjects such as sports psychology and nutrition. All club sessions are led by British Triathlon qualified coaches. We have five Level 2 coaches, four Level 1 coaches, and an ASA swim coach.

Several of the juniors/youth have also moved on to become part of the coaching team. 

Swim:

Swimming sessions are held at the Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester every Tuesday during term time for 8-14 year olds. There are two sessions, from 4.30pm-5.15pm and 5.15-6.00pm – juniors can attend either session. Those aged 14+ swim on Thursday evenings 7:30-8:30pm. The current fee for swimming is £36 per term .

Swim sessions focus on technique, speed and endurance. The sessions include individual stroke analysis; drills using pull bouys, floats and fins to help improve technique; and open water swimming skills practice.

Swimmers need to bring a drink in a plastic bottle, goggles and swim hat to these sessions. All other equipment is provided.

Juniors should be proficient in front crawl and able to swim 2 lengths of the Westgate pool before joining the club. All prospective members will be asked to attend a trial swim session before joining.

Bike/Run:

Saturday 10:00-12:00

During the summer our bike and run sessions for 8-14 year olds take place in a variety of locations, including Oakwood School, Centurions Way and Chichester College field, venue details will be communicated by email. For winter sessions we usually meet at Chichester University Sports Centre .

The youth group attend separate Saturday bike/run sessions at a variety of locations, and cycle on the roads. Communication is via weekly emails and the club Facebook page.

Please ensure the bike is well maintained and roadworthy, and that your helmet adheres to national safety standards. Check brakes and tyre pressure prior to sessions, and bring either a spare inner tube or £5 to pay for one in case of puncture. Helmets MUST be worn.

For younger juniors, a hybrid or mountain bike is suitable as they will be cycling off road – however any kind of bike, so long as it’s well maintained, is fine. Those 14 years old or over will be cycling on the road in a group session and therefore a road bike is required.

The club owns a small number of road bikes which we hire out to junior members for an annual fee of about £60-£80 .

The run sessions focus on technique, speed and endurance. We practice transition (e.g. swim to bike and bike to run) during the summer sessions prior to competitions, and incorporate strength and mobility training into the run sessions throughout the year.

All the juniors are strongly encouraged to enter local competitions. As a club our focus is on participation, good sportsmanship and enjoyment. We support and encourage all levels of junior competitors – from beginners and those competing for fun, to the more competitive athlete. Some of our juniors/older youth compete nationally and internationally. Opportunities are available for talented athletes to join the South East Regional Academy. See the British Triathlon website for more at: http://www.triathlonengland.org/south-east/juniors/regional_academy/about 

Please email cwtctristars@gmail.com for further information.

We look forward to meeting you soon!