A Suffolk independent school has become the first school to be awarded official accreditation by Triathlon England.
Ipswich High School’s Triathlon Club has been given the bronze TriMark, which recognises high-quality triathlon clubs, and helps to support sustain and maintain them.
Peter Taylor, director of sport at Ipswich High School, said: “Gaining this level of recognition for the school club is a testament to the dedication and passion of the team who run it, as well as the enthusiastic students who attend each week.”
The award means that the club is recognised by national governing bodies for being a supportive and fully inclusive club that follows a code of conduct, and has a qualified coach and a welfare officer.
The TriMark also evidences the commitment that the school has to develop well-rounded athletes who can excel at multiple sports.
The club, which uses the school’s 87-acre site and indoor swimming pool, currently has 18 members ranging from Year 5 through to sixth form students who train two days a week after school.
Gaining this level of recognition for the school club is a testament to the dedication and passion of the team who run it, as well as the enthusiastic students who attend each week
Head coach Emma Springham is the driving force of the club and one of only three women in the East of England to be qualified as a Level 3 coach.
Taylor added: “The TriMark Club accreditation is a three-tiered system with bronze being the entry level. The club is now working towards the silver TriMark and has its sights set on gold for the future.”