Triathlon Ireland is committed to nurturing the grass roots of the sport and giving children the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon, regardless of their ability. We aim to work with clubs and race organisers to provide opportunities for our young athletes.
Sport can be a powerful vehicle for developing life skills such as teamwork, dedication and goal setting. In a positive sporting environment, children have the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, develop new interests and have a lot of fun with new friends.
Our aim is to ensure that children receive the most positive experience possible from sport, learn the fundamental skills before entering into more competitive sports and provide an opportunity for children to have positive life-long experiences in sport. And of course, to have as much fun as possible along the way!
The Irish Sports Council and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland published a joint Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport in 2000. This document ensures that young people are safeguarded in their participation in sport in Ireland and that their early experiences are positive and enjoyable, irrespective of their ability, gender, social class, race, etc.
Based on the above Code of Ethics, Triathlon Ireland have developed the Triathlon Ireland Safeguarding Children Policy docunent to provide a comprehensive resource for the triathlon community; staff, coaches, children, clubs and all volunteers, to provide guidance and direction for ethically and appropriately managing the involvement of children in all aspects of triathlon. It covers a number of areas, including but not limited to: the process of vetting individuals; codes of conduct; the supervision of children on trips and camps; parental consent requirements and what is, and is not acceptable behaviour when coaching and leading children's activities.
This document is regularly reviewed and updated by the Triathlon Ireland National Children's Officer, and approved by the Board of Management. (Draft attached subject to Board Ratification December 2011)
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If you would like find out more information, please contact our office on 01 276 4934.