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NEW IN 2019: Walton Junior Tri Camps

Having run extremely popular Junior Triathlon Camps in Cornwall for a number of years, we are bringing the swim, bike, run fun to Walton’s brand new Sports Hub at the Xcel Centre this year. The Summer Camps in July and August for children aged 8y to 15y (as of 31-Dec 2019) will get your kids active and engage their minds over the holidays.

Who’s it for?

With fantastic facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, brand new running track, multi-media classroom, fenced in bike training area and plenty of save outdoor spaces along the river to explore, your kids will look forward to an action packed holiday camp.

Delivered by our experienced British Triathlon coaches, the camps will suit both novices and those looking to improve their swimming, bike handling and running technique. Small groups split by ability per discipline ensure everyone gets the most out of the camps, whether they are looking for fun with their friends or set a new personal best at the next triathlon event.

Timetable

Our standard hours are from 9am-4pm, with the option to extend these hours from 7.30am-6.00pm if there is enough interest in wrap around care.

Take a look at what your child will be enjoying at our triathlon camps in an example timetable of a day at camp.

FAQ: YOUR QUESTIONS ASWERED

Welcome to our parent zone. Here you will find important information about the camp and the answer to the most frequently asked questions grouped in three sections. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, please send an email to intotri.team@gmail.com and a member of our team will be in touch to help.

Booking

Please book online via the ‘Dates’ tab on intotri.com/camps. You will be able to log into your existing intoTRI account or create a new one in the booking process. Payment can be made via paypal, debit or credit card.
Unfortunately, we can not except childcare vouchers or payment through tax free childcare at this point in time.
After you’ve made your booking you’ll receive an email confirmation with all your booking details attached. Please make sure you check your invoice and let us know right away if anything is incorrect. Responsibility for all booking details lies with the person who made the booking.
All sporting activities come with inherent risks which our coaches try to minimise as much as possible. If your child misses days due to illness or an injury, missed days cannot be taken at another time and there will be no refund.

My child at camp

We understand that parents can feel a little nervous when sending their child to a multi-day triathlon camp for the first time. Our caring staff will make sure that you’re quickly put at ease and your child is settled in smoothly. Staff support each individual child during their first time at camp by making sure they’re familiar with the venue, staff and how the programme works and what they should expect during their day. Buddy systems are used to pair children with a friend so everyone feels included. ‘Name’ and ‘Get to know you’ games are played during the registration period so children are immediately involved in a group activity. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the children settle in and make new friends.
All children attending camp need to be able to swim 50m unassisted, ride a bike and run 1 loop of the track (400m) without stopping. Don’t worry, the camp is geared towards both triathlon novices and those looking to improve their skills. Have a look at the ‘Grouping’ section for further details.
When you arrive at camp follow the signs to the registration area. At the registration desk, give the member of staff your child’s name. On the first day, the member of staff will go through the information you have provided at the time of booking and check over for any additional information that you have made us aware of. You will then be given a collection card which you will need for collection time.
Your children will engage in a mix of the three triathlon activities every day of the camp. We recommend children wear comfortable clothing and trainers. As many of the activities will take place outside, all children require a T-Shirt, long and sleeved top, shorts, trousers, ankle socks and a rain jacket as we will go out in most conditions. Swimming kit, including a costume, swim hat, goggles and towel should be brought in every day, although it may not always be needed. If you own flippers, please make sure to bring them along too. The majority of the cycling skill coaching will be done on a smoothly tarmacked, fenced off area at the Sports Hub with a couple of rides along the hard packed towpath. Kids should bring a roadworthy bike they are comfortable riding, whether that’s a city bike, mountain bike or road bike. All bikes can be stored at the Sports Hub overnight. Please provide and apply sun protection cream each morning, we ask that you show your child how to do this before they attend camp. Spray on sun lotion is a good option for younger children as the staff can do this for them and the children can then rub in themselves. Staff will remind children at break times to apply sun cream and help younger ones if needed. It is also a good idea to send a cap that shades the face. All children should bring a lunchbox to camp. As we do not have refrigeration facilities at the camps, we suggest you provide a small cool bag (lunch box size) containing a frozen carton of juice or a small ice pack. This will keep the contents cold until lunchtime. Please make sure all clothing is named and that your child brings home all items at the end of the day. It’s very difficult for us to locate lost property once children have left camp
We strongly advise that children don’t bring mobile phones*, watches, computer games, ipods and such like on to camp. There’s no real use for these items and they are often mislaid as children are busy and excited doing other things. Staff are trained not to put themselves in a difficult position by taking care of such items and we cannot accept responsibility if they are lost or stolen. *Mobile phones: Although we understand the need for older children who make their way to and from camp to have a mobile phone, they’re not allowed to be used once on camp, during break times or for photographs. They must be kept in personal baggage at the risk of the owner at all times. Please make sure your child is aware of this.
There’s no need for children to bring any money to camp unless you would like them to buy a snack or drinks from the vending machines
Please tell us anything we need to know about your child’s health when you make your booking e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, serious allergies and so on. In some cases we may need to send you some more forms and get additional information from you about your child’s needs. The more information you provide us with the better quality of care we can provide for your child. If your child needs medication at camp, you must let the staff know.
We’re parents too, so we understand your concerns, but don’t worry we’re well prepared. The leisure centre has qualified first aid staff who are trained to deal with accidents and illnesses. Fortunately almost everything we have to deal with are grazes on knees, nettle stings and so on. Should a child suffer a more serious injury or fall ill at camp you will be contacted immediately.
In fairness to others we can’t accept children at camp if they’re ill. Please let us know if they have recently had an illness or condition in case they are still infectious. If a child requires medication whilst at camp, please supply it in a well-labelled container and sign a consent form available at registration. If your child misses days due to illness or an injury, missed days cannot be taken at another time and there will be no refund.

Coaches & Grouping

Our triathlon camps are led and organised by experienced British Triathlon coaches with a strong background in junior coaching. All coaches are DBS checked and we always strive to have a mix of male and female staff on site.
We find that age is not a good metric by which to group children for our camps. Instead, participants are grouped with others of a similar ability for each of the three triathlon disciplines. This allows our coaches to tweak activities, drills and classroom sessions to give each group the best learning environment. With 30 children at camp on a given day, groups are normally up to 15 with a staff ratio of 1:10 to 1:15 depending on the activity.
No. Groups are determined by ability in a certain discipline. Your child may therefore swim with the improver group but cycle and run with the novice group or vice versa.
As long as both children reciprocate the request and are of a similar ability in a given discipline, we can usually accommodate this.

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