We are very proud of our elite triathlon training programme here at Myddelton College.
Wales Sport Awards winner and specialist triathlete coach Royden Healey comes to us from the Welsh Triathlon Regional Academy to work with our promising youths and juniors.
Royden was awarded Denbighshire community coach of the year in 2014. In 2015, he was a finalist at the National Sports Coach awards and followed this up by winning the, Sports Wales Community Coach of the Year for 2015.
With dedicated triathlon training four times every week, Myddelton triathletes benefit from top level coaching and high performance training across all three disciplines. Royden concentrates on building up strength and conditioning and bike fitness as well as advising on nutrition and bike maintenance.
Selection is in line with British Triathlon’s regional academy selection policy for the swim, and run, and British Cycling’s test protocol (Dustbins) for the bike.
Royden says:“Here at Myddelton, we believe physical activity is vital to the holistic development of young people, breaking down barriers and helping them feel good about themselves, physically and mentally.
“Our triathlon programme fosters their physical, social and emotional health and well-being. The benefits reach far beyond the impact on physical well-being. We concentrate on their long term development, ensuring that they do the right things at the right time specific to their own individual needs.
“We work through key areas such as; Learning to train, learning to lead, intelligent training, informed choice, and intelligent racing.
“From a coaching point of view, continual engagement is key. Making the sessions fun (and beneficial) ensures the athletes want to come back for more, achieve more, and remain on the programme.
“From an athlete’s point of view, it’s about making new friends, having fun, learning new skills, developing existing skills, learning to be a team member, learning about fair play, and improve self-esteem. The values they learn through sport will remain with them throughout their life.”
The selection policy at Myddelton College is quite simple. We look for a willingness to learn new skills, to interact within a group, and a positive attitude. Obviously some talent is required whether it be in swimming, cycling, or running, with this in mind we have positioned our selection policy in line with British Triathlon’s regional academy selection policy for swim, and run, and British Cycling’s test protocol, Dustbins for the bike.