Cycling course for youngsters
THE UK'S only accredited learn-to-cycle programme for young children is being launched at the Woolwell Centre in Plymouth.
'Balanceability' is supported by Olympic Champion cyclist Chris Boardman MBE and is for children aged between two-and-a-half and six years of age.
Being launched at the Centre situated in Darklake Lane on Monday, June 11 and running for six weeks, the Balanceability programme combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a programme of activity that builds confidence, spatial awareness and balance skills, enabling young children to learn to cycle without needing stabilisers.
Chris Boardman said: "Balanceability is the fundamental starting point for children's cycling and an excellent opportunity to promote active lifestyles at the earliest possible age. I can see it also provides a natural lead into Bikeability for schools and I would encourage all schools to give children the opportunity to use balance bikes."
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The programme is being rolled out in Plymouth by cycling instructors Roy and Karen Wyle Smith, of EliteVELO, assisted by National U23 mountain bike champion Carla Haines.
The programme is aligned with the Government's 'Start Active, Stay Active' policy which calls for increased physical activity for young children. Balanceability has been awarded a Kitemark by the Professional Development Board for Physical Education and is in line with the curriculum guidance for Foundation Stage pupils.
For more information about the programme, call Karen on 07930 830537 or visit www.elitevelo.com.