Club’s commitment backed by a funding boost of £10k

Alnwick Tri Juniors with their cheque from Sport England.
Alnwick Tri Juniors with their cheque from Sport England.

A successful triathlon club for young people in north Northumberland is thrilled to have received more than £10,000 investment from two sports funding bodies.

Alnwick Tri Juniors have been awarded £9,935 from Sport England through their Small Grants Programme and £600 from Sportivate (through the Sports Development Team at North Country Leisure).

The club has ambitious plans for the funding, which includes the purchase of trisuits, swimming aids, wetsuits, first-aid kits, safety boats for open-water training, strength and conditioning sessions, spin-biking sessions and turbo trainers.

In addition, they are now able to fund five Level 1 coaching courses.

Coach Ian Simon said: “The club is committed to making triathlon available to young people across north Northumberland; we appreciate that triathlon is an expensive sport which can pose a significant barrier to participation.

“We plan to use the funding to provide training and some of the equipment necessary to participate before the youngsters purchase their own equipment.

“Crucial to the future of the club is continued investment in coaches and this funding will provide the necessary courses to ensure sustainability.

“All of our junior triathletes have excelled themselves during this racing season, in particular, three of our Tristar 3 (13 to 14-year-old) boys have finished the season ranked fourth and we are looking forward to even more exciting times ahead.

“We would like to thank everyone involved at Sport England and the Northumberland Sports Development Team for their help and support in the funding process.”

The club started in 2013 with just two members and has expanded rapidly to become a thriving, dynamic club with a waiting list.

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