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Junior Training

Welcome to the MedwayTri Junior training page. We understand that the future of our club, the sport of triathlon and how we operate as a community lies with our children. The values and experiences that Juniors learn and enjoy at MedwayTri will help shape the people they become. We hope to find talented sports stars right here in Medway, but more than that, we want to help our Junior members to have fun and understand the value of sport in building a healthy and responsible community.

MedwayTri enrols Juniors from the age of eight years old as this is the first age at which Juniors are allowed to compete under the BTF rules. To see what the club has to offer, why not come along to one of our training sessions to get a taster? To choose a training session within the Junior training schedule, click here.

For the full training schedule, click here.

Junior swim sessions

As swimming is an early development sport, at MedwayTri, we firmly believe in regular, targeted swimming sessions to build on technique, overall fitness and endurance. In addition to the mixed group sessions in which Juniors of sufficient ability are allowed to participate, there are two specific Junior swim sessions per week, overseen by the dedicated Junior Swim Coach. The first takes place on a Tuesday at Cobham Hall School swimming pool and is divided into specific lanes by ability: one hour for Junior Stroke Development and Junior Intermediate Level 1 and two hours for Junior Intermediate Level 2 and Junior Advanced; and the second is based at Strood Sports Centre where Junior Intermediate Level 2 and Junior Advanced swim for one and a half hours. The swim level and lane allocation of the Juniors is assessed, determined and set by the Junior Swim Coach.  Book a place on one of these sessions.

Junior bike skills sessions

Based at Gravesend Cyclopark, this hour long session allows our younger riders to develop cycling skills and build strength to enable them to compete and eventually join the Advanced cycling sessions or even the Junior weekend ride. Book a place on one of these sessions.

MedwayTri training for juniors

Junior track sessions

Our track sessions are split into three groups:

Tristart and novice junior sessions - these sessions are designed as 'learn to run' sessions with the idea being to ensure that the children focus on the enjoyment of running rather than the training aspect. With the correct structure, enjoyable games can develop skills and strength in young junior athletes without exposing them to the pressure of training. With younger children, this is the best way to develop them as runners.

Teenagers and competing juniors - Juniors at a certain level are able to maintain concentration and have the physical capabilities to carry out interval-based sessions. As with the adults, these sessions need to be a mixture of easy, moderate and hard intensity, without being too long in duration. Continuous Fartlek sessions are as beneficial for junior athletes as they are for adults. At MedwayTri, we ensure that these junior athletes get exactly the intensity and distance required to develop them as runners.

Adult sessions - some of our Juniors have the maturity and physical capability of training in the adult sessions. At MedwayTri, we determine when the junior athlete can achieve this, either part or full time.

The track session is held once a week. To book a run session, click here.

MedwayTri training for juniors

Junior group ride

A Junior group ride, lead by one of the club coaches, takes place on a Saturday morning (subject to change, dependent on the season) and is open to experienced Juniors. Leaving from Capstone Park, this road ride is approximately 40 - 50 km and is open to Juniors subject to the following minimum standards:

  1. Be able to ride between 40 to 50 km
  2. Be able to maintain an average pace of 24km/hr
  3. Have completed a road safety assessment with their school or other organisation
  4. Be trusted by their parent to ride safely on the roads when given safe leadership and instruction
  5. Wear a high vis vest

Those who want to join this ride must sign up on the website to attend, which in turn, means they have agreed to the statement below, as well as the club's waiver:

'Children must be proficient road cyclists and deemed by their parents to be capable of riding on open roads safely. Ride leaders will give adequate safety instruction and lead juniors in a safe manner, but if you decide to send your child on this ride you must be confident in your child's ability. Remember these are open roads and the ride leader can not be held responsible for any injury if you send your child on this ride.'
Sign up here to the Junior ride (dependent on seasonal scheduling).

Pay per session cost

Session Adult Child
Swim (pool) £6.00 £6.00
Swim 2hr (pool) N/A £8.75
Swim (open water) £5.00 £5.00
Bike (cyclopark) £5.00 £3.80
Run (track) £3.80 £2.70
Strength (studio) £4.40 £2.20
Turbo (studio) £4.40 £2.20

Weekend group rides and cross country session are free to all members.

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