Case Studies & Testimonials
Find out how Balanceability has worked with a variety of groups by clicking on each of our case studies below.
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 who would normally have to wait until year six to receive any formal cycle training. Not only does the scheme offer a logical step on the way to Bike-ability training, but it appears to equally support the requirements of the PE curriculum at Key Stage 1.
Balanceability also has the potential to fill a gap in current cycling and cycle training provision and dovetail into NGB schemes like British Cycling's Go Ride scheme. As an indoor activity it should offer leisure and community centres a great all-year-round fun activity and along with our local Avon and Somer Valley community schemes - plus the Sky Ride Bath - it is well placed to promote cycling to a wider age range.
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 at one of my Bike It schools, as were the teachers and parents. For many pupils, it gave them the confidence and enthusiasm to practice their cycling at home with their families. I have seen a very high level of cycle competency from Reception pupils and throughout this school when running my events here.
I have also noticed that
since the Balanceability training, more pupils come to school with
balance bikes rather than bikes with stabilisers, which I much prefer
because balance bikes develop the children's cycling skills much quicker
and are more fun to use. Parents were very supportive of the training
and it has helped me get them more involved with the Bike It project
which is fantastic.
Balanceability is the fundamental starting point for children’s cycling and an excellent opportunity to promote active lifestyles at the earliest possible age.
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 programme is a foundation for cyclists of the future, through which young children can practise and achieve the balance needed to ride a bicycle, but without the encumbrance of pedals.
published reports in July 2011 of both the Chief Medical Officers’
Report and the NHS ‘Physical Activity Guidelines for Children (under
five years), call for an increase in physical activity for most
children. The Balanceability Programme ably contributes to meeting the
physical activity guidelines for healthy development as well as
providing a success-orientated experience, helping to build up
children’s confidence and sense of achievement
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 Olympic athlete.