Once you have determined that there is demand for a triathlon new club and have people around you who are ready and willing to help get this new club off the ground, it’s time to consider the following steps.
A club’s constitution typically outlines the club's purpose, lists all its rules of operation, and sets out the rights and responsibilities of members. Triathlon WA have created a constitution template which complies with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 and which clubs are welcome to use. Request a copy of the template if you have not already received it from us.
While it’s not compulsory for clubs in Western Australia to incorporate, keep in mind that incorporation can protect individual members in certain situations and give your club its own identity. This may be useful when it comes to entering into contracts, operating bank accounts, applying for government grants and so forth. Also, please note that incorporation is a requirement of affiliation with Triathlon WA.
Clubs elect a committee in order to provide general oversight of club operations. At a minimum you should consider filling the roles of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. You will need to hold your first meeting (and possibly a second meeting) in order to get agreement on the club’s objectives, examine and agree upon the club constitution, set membership fees and formally elect office bearers.
Once the club is incorporated, a committee is in place, a constitution is agreed upon and other details such as club address, contact details and bank account are finalised, you may be ready to look at affiliating the club with Triathlon WA. An online form needs to be completed and an affiliation fee paid.
You will need to think about what your club’s annual fees will be for the your membership types. Membership types may include: Adult, Junior (12-19), Junior (5 -11) and Social. Remember, when someone joins your club they will also be joining Triathlon Australia at the same time. For a breakdown of the Triathlon Australia membership fees for the current season, please contact Triathlon WA.
To familiarise yourself with what other WA clubs are charging please click here.
Note, the fees you see listed there are the total of the TA fee listed above and the club fee.