Member Stories

There are numerous ways that our Development Team can help you to get the most from their knowledge and to develop your club. Below are a few examples of clubs that have already benefitted from their expert knowledge!

Pentathlon Hereford

A start up pentathlon club - their development officer helped to develop a club and progress strategies to grow membership. This is their story...

There are many occasions when we wonder how we got to where we are today and Pentathlon Hereford is a story of somehow things pulling together in total bewilderment. It is not often this happens so it’s worth taking the time to remember.

It all started when a few Pony Club tetrathletes had a go at a Pentathlon training day in the West Midlands. This became a journey into the world of biathlon competitions and some fencing lessons and then an awareness that this type of coaching is not easy to access locally. After a short conversation with Rachael Handley, the Regional Development Officer from Pentathlon GB, the plans started to unfold and opportunity became reality.

The first step in creating Pentathlon Hereford was to work out what the club would stand for, why was it going to be successful and how we would deliver the coaching. We considered our location and found out that we could create an exciting environment at Lucton School with the total support of the school. Plans grew with the help of Rachael and we created 3 training days in January, February and March 2015 with the support of Pentathlon GB.

The days became sell outs, so the challenge was how to accommodate so many athletes and Pentathlon Hereford was born. The club has continued to grow with the help of Pentathlon GB and impressed many with the number of competitors at the 2015 National Pentathlon Championships. Now the club is looking at how it moves further into the future with a new set of challenges and opportunities to inspire local athletes to enjoy a fun approach to sport.

Teesdale Modern Pentathlon Club

Our team worked with this club to gain funding and generate new members to ensure sustainability.

This was an existing club that the Pentathlon GB Development Team were able to allocate satellite funding to base at Teesdale School, creating a training centre within the school that would remain associated with the club. Satellite funding has been allocated by Pentathlon GB to help clubs like this pool facilities in order to create a more sustainable and accessible opportunity for members. In order to generate interest within the school and to therefore support potential training sessions the club gained assistance in running a biathlon at the school to increase knowledge and accessibility. The support and additional facilities provided by an associated club provides the opportunity for the original 'hub club' (in this case Teesdale MPC) to pick up and then further develop new members once they have experienced one or more of the pentathlon disciplines. Although the numbers in the club weren’t as consistent as hoped this venture generated new membership into club sessions to help maintain sustainability.

King's Messenger - Kenilworth

The generation of this new club at a school resulted in help with competitions, funding and now supporting them to develop a sustainable structure.

There are many occasions when we wonder how we got to where we are today and Pentathlon Hereford is a story of somehow things pulling together in total bewilderment. It is not often this happens so it’s worth taking the time to remember.

It all started when a few Pony Club tetrathletes had a go at a Pentathlon training day in the West Midlands. This became a journey into the world of biathlon competitions and some fencing lessons and then an awareness that this type of coaching is not easy to access locally. After a short conversation with Rachael Handley, the Regional Development Officer from Pentathlon GB, the plans started to unfold and opportunity became reality.

The first step in creating Pentathlon Hereford was to work out what the club would stand for, why was it going to be successful and how we would deliver the coaching. We considered our location and found out that we could create an exciting environment at Lucton School with the total support of the school. Plans grew with the help of Rachael and we created 3 training days in January, February and March 2015 with the support of Pentathlon GB.

The days became sell outs, so the challenge was how to accommodate so many athletes and Pentathlon Hereford was born. The club has continued to grow with the help of Pentathlon GB and impressed many with the number of competitors at the 2015 National Pentathlon Championships. Now the club is looking at how it moves further into the future with a new set of challenges and opportunities to inspire local athletes to enjoy a fun approach to sport.

WS7.5

Helping the club to reach into their community and develop a sustainable structure.

With help from our Development Officers to organise development days at local schools, we were able to help this club increase its visibility and ultimately extend its reach into the local community. This has resulted in several year groups interested in the next training days and looking to further take up and train in the pentathlon disciplines. This help has increased the sustainability of the club through enhanced numbers and interest. The work of our team going forward will focus on developing a structure with local partners, helping the club to organise and maintain a weekly offer and therefore enhance retention.