Castle Triathlon Series is attempting to get triathlon taught in schools as a regular part of P.E.
The race organiser, known for holding regular kids’ events has launched a ‘Tri-Knights programme’ that aims to help primary schools promote triathlon to pupils, while at the same time supporting the National Curriculum for Physical Education.
Created with input from leading sport and educational experts, Tri-Knights is the first-of-its-kind curriculum-linked triathlon resource for schools.
Using a series of work sheets and lesson plans, the hope is to bring tri to life with practical help for PE teachers on how to teach the world’s fastest-growing sport in schools.
The resource is completely free and available to download from the Castle Tri Series website and features:
- Support for staff with curriculum-linked activity sheets and lesson ideas for each discipline
- The promise of assemblies hosted by elite triathletes
- Guidance from Castle’s qualified coaches and teachers
- Recommendations of places to train
The news comes on the wave of a big boost for triathlon amongst kids with Ironkids being rolled out by Ironman.
The sport is also on the up in general terms with British Triathlon recently reporting a notable growth in participation figures, with the number of race starts increasing by 18% to 174,293 in 2013 and the numbers of events up 11% to 993 in 2013.
The number of youth entrants in the Castle Triathlon Series has increased exponentially as well. The Hever Castle leg of the Series in Kent saw its number of youth entrants double to 1,300 in 2013 to make it the world’s largest triathlon. 2,500 youth triathletes are expected in 2014, with the 2015 plan being to host a youth weekend of racing featuring 5,000 young multisporters.
Professional triathlete Catherine Jameson endorses the Tri-Knights programme saying:
“Introducing triathlon into schools is a brilliant new initiative. Tri is not only great fun but you make lots of amazing new friends and you can take part simply for fun or to challenge yourself. I only wish I could go back to school and get involved in triathlon at a young age.”
If you’re interested to learn more or to make your school aware of the project, then email firstname.lastname@example.org.