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Inspiring healthy lifestyles in Dumfries & Galloway

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A dedicated project is bringing triathlon to children in Dumfries & Galloway. 

The project got off to a fantastic start last September with the delivery of 4 mass-participation events across the Dumfries & Galloway region. Over 1,500 children from 62 local schools completed their first triathlon and had the opportunity to be part of a big sporting event.

Over the past year, the Triathlon Trust has worked with schools across the region to bring a range of opportunities for children of all abilities to give triathlon a ‘tri’, get more active and participate in regular physical activity, including taster events in local schools, weekly after-school clubs, Easter and summer holiday camps and a series of summer holiday mini-races.

Our partnership with the UK Space Agency brought astronaut Tim Peake's exciting Space to Earth Challenge themed activities to schools; the Space to Earth Challenge is Tim's challenge to the schoolchildren of Britain to swim, bike and run the distance from Earth to the International Space Station, a distance of 400km, as a group. We also delivered two space-themed activity evenings at Dumfries Museum.

Local Young Leaders have been able to take advantage of volunteering and coaching opportunities and will have the opportunity to gain their Triathlon Youth Leader Award through Triathlon Scotland in the coming months.

We're also taking our message about the importance of regular physical activity into the community with 'have a go' activities at community events where children and their families can join in a multi-sport challenge, and volunteers from the local community have helped support our events - always a very active, fun and rewarding day!

The first year of the project is proving to be a great success - we have reached over 2,400 children and a report produced by the D&G Health & Wellbeing Board found 90% of children who took part in our September mini-tris said they felt proud of what they had achieved, 61% of children who took part reported that they felt better at sport after completing their triathlon and 70% of the least active children stated they would try to be more physically active.

Autumn 2016 - After-school clubs will start up again in the new school term, with our 4 mini-tris events returning in September. See our events page for details.

Volunteers - We are always looking for volunteers to help support local activities, including one-off events and after-school clubs. No experience is necessary - just enthusiasm and energy! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact us at volunteer@triathlontrust.org

If you are a primary or secondary school in Dumfries & Galloway and want to find out more about our project, please contact Rebecca Bryson, Sport Coordinator on rebeccabryson@triathlontrust.org

With thanks to Triathlon Scotland, Active Schools teams across Dumfries and Galloway, and Dumfries and Galloway Health & Wellbeing for their support and to all of the volunteers who have helped at our events. This project has been kindly funded the Robertson Trust, the Holywood Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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