British Triathlon has announced that it will be working with the UK’s leading provider of essential duty of care and safeguarding training, EduCare.
The partnership will see all the National Governing Body’s staff, including the Home Nations and the Triathlon Trust, commit to undertaking online training courses including Child Protection, Safeguarding Young People and Equality & Diversity.
In addition, all British Triathlon Affiliated Club Welfare Officers will be offered access to 14 different training courses, free of charge. British Triathlon qualified coaches and permitted event organisers are amongst those who will also be able to access training at a highly discounted rate.
Much of the course content has been produced specifically for the sporting landscape and EduCare is also adapting its Mental Wellbeing course specifically for sports clubs and organisations, which will automatically be made available to all staff early in the new year.
Andy Salmon, British Triathlon Chief Executive, said “As a national governing body, we have an obligation and a desire to ensure the highest possible standards around essential governance topics such as welfare and accessibility and, here at British Triathlon, we want to show we are leading the way in best practice.
“The support of EduCare will be invaluable in meeting these objectives.”
Keir McDonald MBE, founder of EduCare said “Safeguarding participants is vital and club staff need to know how to spot the signs of abuse, and equally importantly, how to report concerns.
“Governing bodies need to lead on this and EduCare already work with other leading NGBs to do so. We are delighted to be developing this programme with British Triathlon and trust that it will help deliver our ultimate mission to keep sport safe.”
British Triathlon and EduCare’s combined goal is to have successfully trained all British Triathlon Affiliated Club Welfare Officers by the end of 2018, whilst removing any knowledge gaps around some of the increasingly relevant topics covered within the training.
The partnership is seen as another point in recognition of British Triathlon’s proactive approach to good governance and being a respected NGB, following its commitment to becoming a Stonewall Diversity Champion in November and supporting the LGBTQ+ charity’s Rainbow Laces campaign.