We feel that we now have a great Junior section to Ryton Tri Club. With help from some secured funding back in 2015, we now have an impressive qualified coaching team. As a trial, we planned an initial 12-week programme of coaching in the hope that this would become self-funding and would continue after the first 12 weeks. The sessions which started 1st August 2015 were very successful and we have gone from strength to strength: so much so that we now have a significant waiting list. The attendees are in the 8-13/14 age group. Coaches have attended an Emergency First Aid Course and they are all (with the exception only of a couple of parents who are helping out) are DBS checked.

We are able to offer the children the chance to advance through the club as they get older. When they reach the second year TS3 category they can move into the T3/Youth section. This session runs alongside the North East Academy and involves a Saturday afternoon coached swim 3-4pm followed by either track work or indoor S&C at the Leisure Centre.

We have continued to develop and reassess our coaching programme and events and along with this, our risk assessments for all processes within the club.

Our joining criteria has evolved since we started. We are not equipped to actually teach the children to swim. Our swim focus is to prepare children for triathlon in both pool and open water environments. We, therefore, will need proof that they have passed ASA Level 7 as a minimum and/or that they are swimming club members attending on a regular basis in a competitive standard squad with an understanding of lane etiquette.

Irrespective of this, all new recruits will undertake swim testing to confirm their ability to safely join in with the swim element of the session. This test will include aspects of the ASA Level 7 certificate plus the addition of a test in front crawl of 8 lengths over 8 minutes. This can be done with a rest each length or all in one go, whatever they feel comfortable with. Anyone who doesn’t meet these criteria, will be given feedback and an opportunity to re-test. Meanwhile, they would be able to attend the main part of the session.

This document gives a great deal more information on what we do.

How do I get involved?: Drop an email to Beth Swanston at rytontrikids@outlook.com

Becoming a Junior Member of Ryton Tri

Click here to download our Junior information sheet
Click here to download our Waiting List Application form
Click here to download our Junior Code of Conduct form
Click here to download our Parents’ Code of Conduct form

Triathlon Training Times

Club Junior Sessions

For full details of all triathlon training, please see the Junior Information sheet above.

Spring/Summer: Blaydon Leisure Centre

Training takes place for the main group from 3.30 to 5.30.  Swim training takes place from 5.00 till 5.30.

Autumn/Winter: Blaydon Youth Club

Training takes place for the main group from 3.30 till 4.45.  Swim training takes place from 5.00 till 5.30.

Junior Section: Blaydon Leisure Centre: 3.00 to 4.00 swim followed either by track, run or strength and conditioning exercises.


Contact Derwent cycling club for Go-Ride sessions at Whickham Thorns Centre.
Who meet at Hetton Lyons Park Saturday mornings 9am
Newcastle Pheonix Cycle Club


Check out Blaydon Harriers Who meet at Blaydon Leisure Centre on Tuesday and
Thursday evenings
Liane Brown, 07801 952 623, 16 Charles Court, Heaton, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE6 2SN

or your local Harriers

The North East Performance Academy

If you’ve wondered how you can get involved with triathlons and how you can become part of the Performance Academy, click here to find out more information on this process and you can download here.

The application form for the English Regional Academy can be found here.

North East Development Squad

The North East Development Squad take kids from age 9 to 14. For more information please contact Ian Simon at ian.simon@mail.com

For more information on triathlon in general, race calendar or how to progress contact Colin Gardener at colin.gardener7@outlook.com