Triathlon Academy

The Beaconhurst Triathlon Academy supports young people to pursue top level performance in triathlon and combine this with a first class education. Beaconhurst pupils have achieved great things in triathlon, competing in local, national and international events. We work closely alongside Triathlon Scotland and offer educational support for some of their most talented athletes.

“Triathlon Scotland are delighted to work in partnership with Beaconhurst to support and advise on the delivery of the Triathlon Athlete Development Framework to their pupils who are focused on developing their interest in triathlon. It is great to see a school put such a big commitment in to enabling young people to be fit and active alongside a solid education. We look forward to working with those pupils as they develop on the performance pathway or pursue other routes in the sport.” — Jane Moncrieff, CEO of Triathlon Scotland

Our geography is ideal for developing the skills of young triathletes. There are fantastic trail runs and bike paths in the local area which we use for training. Our pupils also train at the National Swimming Academy, at the University of Stirling.

What does The Triathlon Academy offer young triathletes?

  • Squad and individual sessions with Gordon Crawford
  • Specialised strength & conditioning training
  • International training camps in Spain
  • Competitive opportunities
  • Video analysis
  • Lifestyle management and performance support

The Triathlon Programme – A three tier system

The Beaconhurst Triathlon Academy takes the triathlete from their very first swim, bike and run, through the club and onto national programmes and beyond. The three-tier system allows each athlete to learn at their own pace, quantify development, set goals and achieve their true potential. 

  • Triathlon Scotland / National Programme Scholarship (Tier 1)
  • Beaconhurst Scholarship (Tier 2)
  • Regional / Development Support (Tier 3)

Tier 1 – This is for pupils who are competing at the highest level in their sport. Entry into Tier 1 is based on selection through the National Governing Body. These athletes are GB internationalists. Beaconhurst School offers up to 100% scholarship and a flexible academic curriculum for these athletes.

Tier 2 – This is for pupils who are competing at a national level and are Scottish internationalists. Players in this tier can gain up to 50% scholarship and will be provided with a performance programme. This will include early morning, after school and lunchtime sessions.

Tier 3 – This is for our pupils who are regularly competing in triathlon events. Pupils in this tier would take part in 4 training sessions each week and would also be a member of the local triathlon club.

Feeding into the Tiers

At the level below this there are 2 main developments:

  1. Development Squad

A small group of athletes will be selected to be part of the Beaconhurst Development Squad. This group will be provided with 3 squad sessions each week.

  1. Mini Development

A weekly triathlon club runs each week for pupils aged 8-10 years. This introduces pupils to the sport and develops key fundamental skills. Pupils who show special aptitude are invited into our development programme.

Meet the coach

Gordon Crawford — Beaconhurst Head Triathlon Coach

Gordon’s coaching profile speaks for itself, with a lifetime of experience in sports coaching at the very highest levels. He has 25 years experience of coaching athletics, and is a former Scottish National Event Coach for Endurance, National Team Coach and Manager. Gordon has coached triathlon for 17 years and has been a Team Coach for British Triathlon and Scottish Triathlon whilst having coached multiple World Champions, European Champions, British and Scottish Champions across all the age groups. He is a UK Athletics Level 4 qualified coach and a UKCC Level 3 Triathlon Coach.

Gordon is the former Triathlon Scotland Director of Performance. He was the Team Scotland Coach/Manager for the 2006 Commonwealth Games hosted in Melbourne and was the Head Coach for Triathlon Ireland from 2006-2008. In addition, Gordon was the Team Manager/Head Coach designate for the Irish Triathlon Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Gordon has worked with Triathlon Scotland, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, the Welsh Sports Council and British Triathlon. As a British Olympic Association accredited strength and conditioning specialist, Gordon has provided fitness and conditioning to Scottish Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, the Scottish FA, Motherwell FC and the University of Stirling.

Gordon is a former international athlete, steeplechase, cross-country/road and is a World/European/British Masters multi-sport Champion. Educationally, Gordon holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Stirling.

“My coach, Gordon Crawford, is very good at putting all the different elements of my programme together. As I have to train for three different disciplines, strength and condition.” — Catriona Morrison, multiple World and European duathlon champion and ITU Long Distance Triathlon Bronze medallist


“Every person is different, and triathlon is a unique sport because it has 3 elements and everyone has different strength within them; it’s good to have someone who knows how you operate and Gordon has a good feel for that.” — Fraser Cartmell, UK ironman/70.3 Champion and international triathlete

Get in touch

To discuss The Beaconhurst Triathlon Academy in more detail, please contact admissions@beaconhurst.com or call 01786 832146.