Junior triathlon club in Saffron Walden celebrates five-year birthday
12:40 01 April 2014
WaldenJNR, the junior triathlon section of Walden Triathlon Club in Saffron Walden, has reached its fifth birthday – and the club continues to flourish.
The club celebrated the milestone at its weekly Saturday training session at the Friends’ School, on Saturday.
The club held its first training session on March 28, 2009 when 13 children attended. Since then the club has grown rapidly to become the largest junior club in the region – and probably the largest in the UK with 180 members.
Head coach Geoff Jones formed the club with assistance from WaldenTri chairman and founder member Derek Jones and coach Phil Trevillion, with the key aims of being fully inclusive and providing fun for the children in a social and sporting environment. Members start as young as six years old and can stay within the club until they go to university.
Five groups train each Saturday during term time.
The club is now in such demand, an additional group has recently started for those on the waiting list. They train on average once a month so that they are still able to participate in the sport.
In the first five years, the club has enjoyed tremendous success with three children, Helena Dyce, James Fraser and Sophie Jones representing the region in the national championships and George Peasgood winning a bronze medal at the World Para Triathlon Championships in London last year.
Tom Berry competed in the European Age Group Triathlon Champs in Turkey last year and last weekend Charlie Passfield qualified for the World Age Group Sprint Duathlon Championships to be held in Pontevedra, Spain at the end of May.
Jones said: “The club has grown quicker than we could have imagined when we set it up five years ago. We regularly have well over 100 training each weekend and this would not be possible without a great team over 20 coaches who plan and deliver great training sessions each week which the children love.
“What has pleased me the most is the high number of girls participating and we have an even balance between boys and girls across the club. We are trying to make sport, fitness and fun part of their lives and we hope that when they leave the club they will keep their enthusiasm for sport for the rest of their lives.”
For more information about the club, contact Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07710 569687.