Balanceability for Schools

  • Balanceability provides an accredited Foundation Stage 'Learn to Cycle' programme for Reception and Year One children (also starting with pre-school children from 2½ years).
  • The programme is designed to help children gain the confidence and skills required to ride a pedal bike independently, getting them off to the best start in cycling and assisting their ability to participate in Bikeability at a later stage.
  • Schools are able to get set up with Balanceability by buying a Balanceability Pack which includes all the equipment, programme materials and training required to deliver the sessions as a sustainable programme. Balanceability can be run by teachers indoors or outdoors as part of the weekly regular PE activity and has been developed to fit into the school lesson planning.

For children, schools provide the most accessible, and sometimes only opportunity for regular, structured play, physical education, physical activity and sports. This is particularly true of those with financial and/or transportation challenges, and those with parents who lack the time to enable their children's participation due to work commitments (designedtomove.org).

Balanceability works directly with schools to promote the physical benefits of cycling for young children as well as providing a success-orientated experience. The programme offers children the ability to become competent cyclists at an early age through the development of balance and control. 

A recent study (MORI, 2011) concluded that 43% of children cannot ride a bike by the age of six. Whilst the government injects millions of pounds into the Bikeability programme for children aged seven and above, there has been no equivalent provision for Foundation Stage children to learn the basics until now.

We've got everything you need to get started:

  • Balanceability Pack (includes: Manual, Session Plans, Activity Booklets, DVD and Balance Bikes)
  • Balance Bag
  • Helmets
  • Pedal Bikes
  • Membership (for unlimited access to on-line resources)

Training

You can book onto an Instructor training day - based at either one of our ‘fixed site’ locations or at your school (minimum numbers would apply) – which will enable teachers to plan, organise, prepare and run the Balanceability programme within schools to the necessary standard in order to achieve the stated outcomes. We would fully encourage all teachers to book onto this Instructor training where possible.

The Instructor Training and Continuing Professional Development for teachers will ensure you and your teachers have the skills, confidence and motivation to deliver varied, fun and inclusive Balanceability sessions.

Training options

Teachers can book one of our training days based at a fixed location or alternatively we can arrange a training day at your school site (minimum numbers would apply). See 'Become an Instructor' for more details.

There is an optional one-day training course for teachers with structured outcomes which involves practical sessions with programme equipment and children.

How to order

Create a Quick Quote OR call us on 0333 241 2430 to discuss further. Once a quote has been received please arrange for a Purchase Order to be e-mailed to info@balanceability.com OR faxed to 01952 797465.

When your Purchase Order has been received an invoice will be sent back to you which also includes a delivery date.

I was impressed with the potential opportunities Balanceability offers for younger children who would normally have to wait until year six to receive any formal cycle training.

Attending a Balanceability demonstration at Welton Primary School, I was impressed with the potential opportunities it offered for younger children

Chris Revill Project Officer - Sport & Active Lifestyles Team

Working with schools as a Bike It officer, I have found that there is a real gap in cycle training for children below year five who can access a Bikeability course.

Balanceability offers the perfect solution to this gap in skill development. I was extremely impressed when I observed the course

Jim Imeson - Bike It Officer, Sustrans

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
Chris Boardman MBE - Olympic Champion and World Record holder

Balanceability offers children a great opportunity to become competent cyclists at an early age through the development of balance and control.

The Programme is made up of progressive learning experiences, with fun ways to learn to cycle on balance bikes. This

Patricia Maude MBE - Lecturer in physical education at Homerton College, University of Cambridge

I am delighted to work with Balanceability.

A child who enjoys riding a bike is more likely to cycle as an adult or even to become an

Laura Kenny (née Trott) OBE - The first woman to win four Olympic gold medals
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