Introducing a Junior Section to Craven Energy in 2013 fulfilled an initial objective of the club. This followed exploratory low key Junior triathlons, junior training workshops and coach commitment to ensure this could take place.
Our junior section is open to children aged 8-16 and offers fully coached training sessions in all three disciplines: swimming, cycling and running. Juniors need to be either family members or junior members of the club to attend any of the coached sessions. Please see ‘Joining the Junior Section’ below for more details on how to start with us.
Catherine Hill is the club’s welfare officer. She is a point of contact to provide support for juniors (and parents) who may be experiencing difficulties and need somebody to talk to in confidence. As the Welfare Officer Catherine has undertaken the relevant Safety and Welfare training for this role. Catherine is also an active participating member of the club and committee, and a junior member mum so is often around at junior training sessions.
The primary goal of all junior coaching is to develop an environment that is both supportive and stimulating for junior triathletes. This also allows equal access for all children who want to experience triathlon.
All coaches that support the development of children within the Club, are either BTF, ASA or British Cycling qualified and are fully DBS checked (working with children).
All coaches have a risk assessment in place for each session undertaken.
The swim sessions are held on Saturdays 8:45am till 9:30am and are open to juniors who can swim a minimum of swim level 7 or 25m front crawl of a 25 metre pool. Prior to the junior’s first session with the club we will normally ask the junior to attend a short swim assessment session (time and date confirmed with lead junior swim coach) to ensure the minimum swim standard is attained. Swim sessions are held at Craven Leisure Pool. The aim of these sessions is to develop participants’ swimming skills, especially front crawl and provide suitable coaching that enable juniors to participate in pool-based triathlons.
Open Water Swimming
This takes place usually at the end of May or early June weather permitting until late August/early September. It takes place at a safe open water swim venue that has undergone a water safety check (water content analysis and risk assessment).
Open water swim coaching is available to juniors who regularly attend pool-based swims and have developed their front crawl skills. The aim of these sessions is to allow juniors to gain confidence in their ability to swim in an open water environment and to prepare them for open water triathlons, aquathlons and other open water swim events.
Craven Energy runs a scheme that supports juniors in hiring a wetsuit for the season.
Weekly bike sessions are held on Saturday mornings 9:45am till 10:45am. Our regular venue is at Computershare Car Park. However, during dry weather summer months we train on the grass in Aireville Park, and also on colder winter days (when snow is on the ground!) we head to the more wooded area of the park to develop off-road riding skills. The winter park sessions are most suited to a mountain bike or a bike with good cross tyres.
Participants are asked to ensure that their bicycles are in proper working order prior to attending any session. Coaches can offer advice on bike suitability especially when replacing a bike the child has grown out of. Participants are required to wear a safety helmet and suitable clothing for cycling and the expected weather conditions.
The aim of these sessions is to develop participants’ bike handling skills and cycling fitness so they have the skills necessary to participate in duathlons and triathlons. Running off the bike and efficient run-bike-run transitions are frequently practiced to develop these skills.
Off-road mountain biking, (family) road rides, and visits to Pendle Cycle track are organised intermittently through the year.
The run session is held on Tuesday evening 6:30pm till 7:30pm at the UAK track Keighley. We coach two groups, one for under 10’s (roughly) where agility, coordination and speed are developed through the medium of games and less formal running activities, and a group for older juniors where the emphasis is on developing an efficient running style and conditioning.
Coaching in both groups aims to build the confidence to participate in duathlons, aquathlons and triathlons. Participants are required to wear suitable shoes for running and clothing for the weather conditions.
Alternative running activities such as bike-run and open water swim- run brick sessions, and off-road group runs are organised on an intermittent basis
Joining the Junior Section
Prior to joining the junior section of the club interested juniors are invited to attend a trial taster session in each of the three disciplines to introduce them to the club, check it is an activity they want to participate in, and for coaches to identify any particular needs that need addressing prior to joining sessions.
For further information on joining the junior section of the club and attending taster sessions please email the Junior Section Leader at firstname.lastname@example.org