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Keep on Tri-Athlon
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jul 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project will work with young people between the ages of 16-18 who are involved in the sport of triathlon and wish to develop a career in the sport industry. The Absolute Triathlon Club based in Nottingham, have forged a partnership with the Belgian partner to develop a practical mobility, which will develop employability skills in a triathlon training programme framework.Absolute Triathlon is involved in a national initiative to develop a pathway into Nottingham University which will host a centre of excellence for the sport. Since 2009 the club has engaged with young people, from the ages of 8 upwards through its junior section. Sharing both enthusiasm for, and commitment to the sport of triathlon, these young people have progressed with most now active as young adult members. Because of this work and contacts made by club coaches through their contracts with the British Triathlon Federation and Sport England we know that many of these young people aspire to a career in the industry, some as a coach, to others physiotherapy or psychotherapy appeals, further careers considered are sports management and marketing.To facilitate this and capitalise on their passion for triathlon 26 young people in two groups will travel to Belgium for a two week mobility hosted by the Belgian partner. Here they will work on the wider issues surrounding sport, for example health and well-being in sport means understanding nutrition. This and other issues will be covered by experts in a very practical orientated two weeks. Triathlon can be a lonely sport so work will focus on teamwork, effective communication and other employability skills, relating them to the sport industry. And of course the cultural events will include competitive triathlon racing against young local people, an international event, and the first for many of our UK participants.Such a visit should provide a practical illustration of the theory covered within their main educational programme; it will develop an intimate understanding of both the needs of a professional athlete and the sport in general. This will give the young person a better understanding of the careers available to them, the international opportunities within that field and a competitive advantage in trying to enter the industry.For the young person we envisage increased motivation and aspiration with 75% going onto a vocationally relevant degree at Nottingham University. We would also feel that a similar proportion will work in the sport industry.Impacts beyond the students, for the sport itself the project supports activity in building a triathlon based pathway and for other small participation sports in the UK showcases the need to build education programmes that service the need of young people seeking to engage with it as a potential career.
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