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TriMark Club FAQ's

Find answers to frequently ask questions about TriMark Club Accreditation below:

Why are all clubs with juniors required to have achieved TriMark Club Bronze accreditation?

As juniors (those under 18 years of age) are at a vulnerable stage of their lives, it is important for clubs to have the right safeguarding protocols in place. As such, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that all those taking part in our sport do so in the safest and best environment possible. TriMark Club Accreditation is British Triathlon’s way of demonstrating a club has the right protocols and measures in place.   

A TriMark Bronze Club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all genders and ages, that want to be involved in the sport of triathlon. A TriMark Bronze Club has reached a level of accreditation that helps parents and carers identify the right club for their young people.

A TriMark Bronze Club will have achieved a number of set criteria in the following areas:

  • Club Management
  • Duty of Care and Welfare
  • Activity Programme
  • Knowing Your Club and Community

What Safeguarding Training do club coaches need to complete for TriMark Club Bronze accreditation?

Complete the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children training course.

What Safeguarding Training do club welfare officers need to complete for TriMark Club Bronze accreditation?

Club welfare officers must complete the following training requirements and renew each training course every three years:

  • Complete the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children training course*
  • Complete the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Time to Listen Training

As a pre-requisite for the Time to Listen training course, attendees need to have previously completed the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children training course. If you have taken alternative Safeguarding Training previously (within the past three years) and would like to know if this training can be accepted as a pre-requisite, please contact concern@britishtriahtlon.org.

What are the DBS requirements for club welfare officers?

Club welfare officers must hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, including a check against the bared list, with British Triathlon that has been issued within the last three years.

What are the DBS requirements for club coaches?

Club coaches must hold an appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with British which is suitable for the environment they coach in and has been issued within the last three years.

British Triathlon work in-line with government legislation which means that we offer two levels of checks.

The first is an enhanced check and is for anyone who is in regulated, direct, face-to-face contact with children under 18 years of age. You need to complete an enhanced DBS and barring check if you are in direct contact with under 18s:

  • Once a week or more
  • Four or more times in a 30-day period
  • Overnight between 2am and 6am

The second is a standard DBS check, and this is required for anyone in regular, face-to-face contact with children. British Triathlon determine regular contact as being at least once a month.

If you do not meet the above criteria, we are legally not allowed to complete a DBS check for you.

How do I get a DBS check?

To get a DBS check for your role you will need to request an application pack from British Triathlon by sending your request to dbs@britishtriathlon.org.

How much does a DBS check cost?

DBS checks are free to club volunteers who are members of a British Triathlon Home Nation. If a coach is paid for coaching delivery, then they are not a volunteer. Payment of reasonable expenses is acceptable for a volunteer coach.

Anyone who applies for a DBS check and is not a British Triathlon Home Nation member will be required to pay an administration fee for their check. Individuals who are paid for their role will need to pay to have their application processed regardless of whether they are a British Triathlon Home Nation member or not. Payment details will be included with the application pack.

British Triathlon have a partnership with Educare, can the club use EduCare courses as a safeguarding training?

The EduCare for Sport® training package is a fantastic platform for British Triathlon Home Nation members who volunteer in the sport through roles such as committee members, coaches, welfare officers to broaden their knowledge in a range of important duty of care topics.

However, if you are a British Triathlon Coach or Club Welfare Officer, please note that you must comply with the safeguarding training requirements set out above or check with British Triathlon before purchasing the EduCare for Sport® training package regarding the safeguarding training requirements which needed to be completed for your role.

If a club pays their coaches for planning and delivering coached sessions does this negate volunteer status?

Yes. If a coach is paid for coaching delivery, then they are not a volunteer. Payment of reasonable expenses is acceptable for a volunteer coach.

Do junior coaches require a DBS check?

If you are 16 years of age or older and coaching sessions where participants are under the age of 18, you will require an appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with British Triathlon which is suitable for the environment you lead in and has been issued within the last three years.

Do single discipline coaches have to be a member of a British Triathlon Home Nation?

No, single discipline coaches do not need to be British Triathlon Home Nation members. They do need to hold membership of the relevant governing body (British Cycling, Swim England, etc) and we will need to see evidence that their membership is current and that they are insured to coach.

Once we have completed TriMark Club Bronze, can we progress to TriMark Club Silver (ClubMark)?

We are currently reviewing TriMark Club Silver to make sure it is fit for purpose.  Once this review has been completed, all TriMark Bronze Clubs will be informed so they can progress if they wish too.

Does a club have to renew every year?

No. TriMark Club Bronze is valid for three years from the date of the award. However, we would advise that you keep details of the club committee/officers and active coaches up-to-date via the club management webpage here. These will also be checked when a club completes their annual affiliation. If you have lost your login and password, contact membership@britisthtriathlon.org for help.

Do inactive coaches need to be listed?

No. Only coaches who are active and coaching triathlon sessions at your club need to be listed.

What are the benefits and rewards of TriMark Club Bronze to the club and its members?

The main benefits are the support available to the club. These include:

  1. The club gains recognition as a safe and high-quality place to train and the club meets all British Triathlon policies, procedures and guidelines
  2. Potential to attract new members looking for a recognised supportive club
  3. Access to an asset pack with a TriMark Club certificate and logos for use on social media and club website
  4. Priority Access to the Regional Manager
  5. Support with funding bids

Can I use my DBS check from a different organisation (e.g. England Athletics)?

No. DBS checks need to be done through British Triathlon and not other organisations such as England Athletics.

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