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Membership of British Triathlon has a wide range of benefits including:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Accident Legal Service
  • Endorsed for racing abroad



Do single discipline clubs need a BTF qualified coach and do they have to have BTF DBS checks if they already have them from their own governing body?

It is recommended, as best practice, that if you run triathlon specific sessions you should have a qualified British Triathlon coach within the club.  A club can use/employ single discipline coaches from swimming, cycling or athletics but they must be a member of their own NGB to be insured to coach.  If they are not a member of their own NGB then they must have suitable insurance to be able to coach in a club environment; this also applies to British Triathlon coaches.  The only coaches that must have a DBS are those that coach junior athletes on a regular basis (please see further information on British Triathlon’s website regarding Safeguarding.

Do commercial clubs still get the same insurance benefits?

All club types receive the same level of benefits including £15m Public Liability insurance.

Can a commercial club also be an event organiser and receive the same insurance benefits for events?

A commercial club can put on events to members of the public so long as that is not their primary function.  They must also ensure their events are permitted with British Triathlon and those taking part sign up to day membership if they do not hold British Triathlon Membership.  Further details on organising an event can be found on the Event Organisers Website.  This is continually being reviewed by British Triathlon and all clubs will be notified of any changes.

How many multisport events can a club put on during the term of its affiliation?

There is no current set number however if a club was putting on several events a year it might be deemed that you are a commercial organiser and you will be asked to separate the club from the events.  This will be continually reviewed by British Triathlon.

How many times can someone attend a club novice session or beginner session before they must become a club member.

This is limited to 3 sessions and must be adhered to otherwise the club will find it is not insured to run the sessions.

Does a closed club need a committee and have to go through TriMark?

A closed club is, by definition, is a club that is restricted, by invite only, to a specific group of people due to the characteristics of their work, employment or location.  A closed club could not fall into other club types such as a community or commercial club.  In most cases this would consist of HM Armed Forces, Emergency Services Clubs, University, Schools but in addition other clubs may be formed by a group of employees within a company not for commercial gain. They do not need a committee or currently need to go through TriMark.  However, there is no reason why they should not have a committee as this would allow them to apply for TriMark Club Accreditation.  For further information please speak to your Regional Manager.

Do any of the type/categories have a member size minimum or maximum

Regardless of club type or category there are no limitations on club size.

Can community clubs still pay their coaches?

There is no problem with a community club paying coaches what is considered the going commercial rate.  This is considered to be:

  • Level 1 - £10 to £15/hour
  • Level 2 - £15 to £25/hour
  • Level 3 - £25 to £35/hour.

Clubs and coaches should remember that this should be on a casual basis and both parties should seek guidance on their position with regards to the relationship between employer/employee regarding HMRC.

We are a community club but operate through a sponsored name – which category will I fall into?

If you are advertising or promoting a business through your club name you will be deemed as a race team and therefore a Commercial Club.

Can commercial clubs use ClubSpark?

Yes, commercial clubs will also be able to use ClubSpark and all its modules.

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