Stirling Satellite Centre
Stirling is British Triathlon’s northernmost satellite training centre. It exists alongside the National Performance Centre in Loughborough and the other centres in Leeds and Eastbourne.
The base at the University of Stirling has a state of the art pool, brand new gyms and access to the wide open Scottish landscape. It is coached by Chris Volley, who was previously the triathlon coach at Bath University.
Together with Loughborough and the other centres, Stirling delivers core coaching and support services to athletes through the central programme.
Stirling is located between Glasgow and Edinburgh, just about as far north as most triathletes could possibly want to go. The weather clearly suits local athletes though. Stirling’s finest have excelled around the world – local-boy Fraser Cartmell is a regular on the Ironman circuit and competes in the home events organised by the local club. Irish triathlon star, Gavin Noble, is also based locally.
Head Coach - Chris Volley
Before taking up position in Stirling as the Performance Development Coach, Chris Volley was at the University of Bath – a job he took over from Richard Hobson in 2005. He’s from the Isle of White, but loves the lifestyle in Scotland.
- 50 metre swimming pool with land conditioning room and an Omega timing system.
- Close proximity to Airthrey Loch, Denny Reservoir and the stunning Loch Lomand.
- The MP Jackson Fitness Centre - 50+ pieces of cardio equipment + five lifting platforms, various benches, bars and discs.
- 3 Sport Science laboratories - an athlete assessment laboratory, a research laboratory and an analytical laboratory.
- 400 metre, four lane Athletic track with an six lane straight with a porous rubber, non-slip surface.
- Join local cycling clubs including Stirling and Falkirk CC on regular basis
Key attractions in Stirling are the Castle, Bannockburn, the National Wallace Monument, the Church of the Holy Rude – all icons of Scotland’s royal and stormy past. The city has many more unexpected tourist sites from a jail to a working brewery. The museums and gallery experience spans archaeology to contemporary Scottish art.
The castle has been the backdrop for coronations and bloody murders. Now it’s a central feature of a stunning and inspirational landscape.
Stirling has a leading regional shopping centre as well as farmers' markets, speciality shopping areas and the Stirling Arcade. It’s an active city with its own football and rugby teams. To find out more, about things to do in and around Stirling, click here.
About the University of Stirling
The University of Stirling is Scottish University of the Year for 2009/2010 (Sunday Times) and is consistently ranked best in the UK for 'a good place to be'.
The University offers around 300 degree combinations with several academic departments rated top in Scotland for research.
Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands are all on the doorstep. Student can study and train on the shores of a loch, by an 18th-century castle, beneath rolling hills. The campus is medium-sized with 80+ nationalities represented and a great community feel. One in every five residents of the town is a student, and most importantly for triathletes, the University has been named Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.
For more information, visit the university website - click here.