EYFS pupils at Caythorpe Primary School are looking forward to improved weather so they can get out on the new bikes they built ready for Balanceability. The Enchanted Forest Class was joined by volunteer Mr Brockington, who used his expertise to help them put their bikes together.
Balanceability is becoming popular in schools across the country and is a new way of introducing children to cycling without having to use pedals or stabilisers. The objective is to develop dynamic balance skills and confidence before children are ready to use a more traditional bike.
The Balanceability programme is supported by Olympic Gold-medal winning cyclist Chris Boardman MBE, and he is quoted on their website saying:
“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.”
Mrs Locke, a Teaching Assistant at Caythorpe Primary, has been trained to deliver the Balanceability sessions and is looking forward to beginning the programme:
“I’m really excited because Balanceability isn’t just about riding a bike, it also teaches a variety of important skills. Improving physical development, supporting core strength and providing life skills through the programme align with our aim to deliver first-hand experiences to the pupils of Caythorpe Primary. Balanceability is a great starting point to help children learn how to ride a bike.”