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junior triathlon club

So you wanna be a triathlete? Or you might just like biking, running and swimming… We currently have some spaces in the Junior Tri Club, so please get in touch if you'd like your junior triathlete to join the club.


When? Saturdays 2pm – 4pm 


Where? West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, NG10 4AA


What? Cycling, running, swimming and transition practice in a fun and friendly format. The first hour is spent running and cycling on West Park or in the sports hall if the weather is poor, the second hour is swimming in the Leisure Centre pool.

Cost? £35 per month, per junior with a Sibling discount of £5, this is payable even if the juniors don’t attend every session as the club still has the cost of the pool to cover. (Still one of the cheapest junior tri clubs in the area). Summer and winter parties. 4 weeks off through the year to coincide with Bank holidays at Easter, Summer, Bonfire Saturday, Christmas/New Year.


Minimum requirements to join: swim 50m unaided and without stopping, be at least 8 years old before joining. These are the only requirements to join the junior club, we are inclusive, friendly and have a great team-spirit.

what you need to know


Club Welfare Officers can be contacted by sending an email to

You should include your name, details of any concerns, phone number and also specify a good time to contact you. You could also speak privately with one of the coaches at the sessions.

Click here to visit the Safeguarding section of the BTF website.


Click here for the Young Persons Guide on the British Triathlon website.


Click here to download British Triathlon's Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy (PDF).

guidelines for junior competitors

A competitor’s age is determined by their age on 31st December in the year of competition.


Juniors are divided into age-group categories described below for Triathlon:

  • TriStars Start (TSS) 8 years old. Swim 50m, Bike 800m-1.5km, Run 600m

  • TriStars 1 (TS1) 9-10 years old. Swim 150m, Bike 2km-4km, Run 1.5km

  • TriStars 2 (TS2) 11-12 years old. Swim 200m, Bike 4km-6km, Run 2km

  • TriStars 3 (TS3) 13-14 years old. Swim 300m, Bike 6km-8km, Run 3km

Youths 15-16 years old may participate in sprint distance events with written parental consent.

Juniors are divided into age-group categories described below for Duathlon:

  • TriStars Start (TSS) 8 years old. Run 400m, Bike 800m-1.5km, Run 200m

  • TriStars 1 (TS1) 9-10 years old. Run 1.2km, Bike 2km-4km, Run 400m

  • TriStars 2 (TS2) 11-12 years old. Run 1,6km, Bike 4km-6km, Run 600m

  • TriStars 3 (TS3) 13-14 years old. Run 2km, Bike 6km-8km, Run 800m

  • Youths 15-16 years old – please check the British Triathlon website

taking the next step

British Triathlon are very keen to promote the sport of triathlon to young people. To build skills and confidence they hold a number of 'skills schools' to encourage youngsters to build their skills and, experience different coaching styles and activities. 

British Triathlon Junior / Youth Talent Pathway / Progression

The national Talent Pathway helps prepare promising triathletes for success at the highest levels, providing a gateway onto the British Triathlon Performance Pathway.

Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon offer Talent Academies. The academies are led by a Head Coach who works with national staff to deliver a programme of support to the best youth and junior triathletes in their region. There are specific selection criteria to be selected for the academies. Find out more here.

Regions within England also have Talent Academies and also Development Squads. Long Eaton falls within the East Midlands Regional Academy which holds selection trials regularly for budding talented athletes. For more info click here.

Sitting under the East Midlands Regional Academy is the Derbyshire Triathlon Academy  based in Derby at the Woodlands School. Sessions cost £20 and usually take most of the day one Sunday in a month. The academy is run by BTF Level 3 coaches Hilary Johnson and Stephen Greene with the aim of enhancing and building on skills learnt in the clubs in Derbyshire / East Midlands and training with those of a similar high standard. Juniors should be between 12 – 16 years old and must be able to swim 100 m in 2.15 mins and run 800m in 3.30 mins.

Contact the Derbyshire Triathlon Academy by emailing:

Steve Greene:

Hilary Johnson:

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