March 15, 2015
Children learn to crawl before they walk...and walk before they run...So, why expect a child to progress from riding a tricycle and/or bicycle with stabilisers, to riding a bicycle without? The opportunity to master the key aspects of static and dynamic balance is essential.
Balanceability is the UK's first accredited 'learn to cycle' programme for children aged 3 to 6 years old. The programme is a structured course and run by our Fully Qualifies Coach Elese Ward. It is currently available at ystrad Sports Centre, Rhondda every Saturday Morning
Balanceability combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a schedule of fun activities that build confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills enabling young children to cycle without ever needing stabilisers.
A balance bike is a lightweight, pedal-less child's bike which facilitates balance and propulsion. Children run along whilst seated, push off the ground to create forward movement and use a combination of their feet- and hand-operated brake to slow down and stop safely.
Balanceability is run at ystrad Sports Centre by our Qualified Coach Elese Ward. Elese has extensive experience in working with Children and the classes are designed to be fun and enjoyable
Much like booking swimming lessons, children attend structured lessons that incorporate fun activities to help children develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness and bilateral co-ordination. Children are able to transition to riding a pedal bike in a safe, rewarding manner and are set on the way to enhancing their physical literacy.
The Course is a 6 week program with Level 1 aimed at ages 3 up to 4 and Level 2 Ages 4 upwards.
To Book a 6 week Space simply Drop in to The Bicycle Doctor Cycle Shop, porth. Courses Cost £45 for the full 6 weeks
The Balanceability programme is supported by Olympic Gold-medal winning cyclist Chris Boardman MBE, who 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."
"After only 4 lessons with you, Oliver is now riding his bike.... Amazing xxx"
"The best group and teacher around"
"Cracking course. Really gives kids the confidence to ride and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommend wholeheartedly"
Fabulous course! You have achieved what I honestly believed was impossible.. And in the process, given me one of my proudest mummy moments!! Thank you! X