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For all enquiries regarding the Chichester Westgate Junior Tri Club please contact

Nicky McCulloch at cwtctristars@gmail.com

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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: 8-14 year olds; and those aged 14-17. New or less experienced 14 year olds are welcome to attend the younger 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, led by an indoor cycling/spin instructor. We also offer training camps in the New Forest for older juniors (Year 7 and above); 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, two Level 1 coaches, and an ASA swim coach.

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 £3 per session.

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:

Summer: Saturday 9:30-11:30am

Winter: Saturday 10am-12:00

During the summer our bike and run sessions for 8-14 year olds take place in a variety of locations, including Oakwood and Great Ballard School - venue details will be communicated by email. For winter sessions we usually meet at Chichester University Sports Centre or Chichester College. Those aged 14+ usually 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. Saturday bike/run sessions cost £2, payable on the day.

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 most suitable, as they will be cycling off road - however any kind of bike, so long as it’s well maintained, is fine. Those 14 or over will have the opportunity to cycle on the road in a group session, and therefore a road bike would be more suitable but not essential. The club owns a small number of road bikes which we hire out to junior members for £80 per year.

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 details: 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!