Ruthin Tri Stars have been awarded insport Club of the Month for their continued work towards inclusion and for achieving insport Bronze Standard.
Ruthin TriStars is a junior triathlon club based in North East Wales providing children from the ages of 6 to 18 the opportunity to take part in multi-sport activities. The club has recently started an adult/senior club to provide opportunities for older athletes to also compete in triathlon.
We spoke to the club and asked why they wanted to get involved with insport to begin with?
“As a club we felt we had a lot more to offer to children and adults of all ages and abilities. Having a small number of members with special educational needs and disabilities we felt that we needed to be more informed not only from a coaching point of view but also from an audit point! insport has provided us with a framework that ensures we are able to move forward as a club and always offer best practice”
“insport really has made a difference to us; it’s early days but the positive impact it has had has been fantastic. The local and surrounding community are aware of our accreditation and have been hugely supportive, club members and parents are extremely proud of our accreditation, we have also gained a couple of new members which has also challenged the coaching team in a positive way. Our junior members are now more aware of disability in sport and are a credit to themselves in the way they have embraced changes within the club”
Disability Sport Wales Development officer for Denbighshire Brett Jones said “Its great for Ruthin Tri Stars to be awarded insport club of the month, there has been lots of hard work and developments happen at the club resulting in being awarded both their ribbon award and the bronze award very soon after down to the dedication of the coaches and wanting to drive the club forward in providing inclusive opportunities. I’m looking forward to supporting the club further and to see the hard work everyone at the clubs puts in as they move forward on their journey through insport and the benefits this will provide to the clubs overall development”
When asked what advice they would give other clubs thinking of going through insport they said: “As a club we believe in looking at the person and not the disability. Get involved with your local disability sport development officer and work through any challenges or questions you may have. As a club all of our coaches went on a disability inclusion workshop which was fantastic as it gets you thinking outside the box and opening up to new ideas. We would also recommend that you speak to other clubs that are involved in insport, as well as the athletes themselves because they are the ones that count.
“Moving forward we would really like to advance to the Silver accreditation in 2017. We would also like to offer more opportunities to children and adults with disabilities to take part in sport, and with the help of insport provide training for other clubs and coaches”
Michelle Daltry Partnership Manager said “Congratulations to Ruthin Tri-stars on winning the January 2017 insport club of the month award, it is great to see Triathlon clubs joining the Welsh Governing Body Welsh Triathlon in their journey to ensure that disabled people have a great experience of triathlon in local clubs. This award is recognition of the hard work and dedication of the club, its coaches and volunteers, congratulations from all at Disability Sport Wales.”
Good luck to Ruthin Tri Stars in their journey towards Silver and increasing inclusive opportunities for disabled people to take part in triathlon.