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Balanceability

Balancability

MSP are delighted to offer ‘Balanceability’ the UK's first and only accredited 'learn to cycle' programme for children aged 2½ to 6 years old.

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 in their school years.

Within this program, 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 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."

MSP provide all the equipment including the balance bikes and helmets along with a qualified tutor to deliver the program at your school.

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.

Impact Zone

Here at Ermine Primary Academy, we see a great importance in engaging all of our children, from nursery to year 6, in a range of sports and physical activity.

the past few weeks the first two groups of ten children have learnt how to put on their helmets, how to pick up and walk safely with their bikes, and this week, how to mount their bike, move along the course on it and most importantly, how to stop safely. Each of the sessions follows a carefully structured lesson plan and coaches Dan and Lee, from Multi Sport Pro, deliver these excellent sessions with passion. All of our FS2 children will get a chance to do the course throughout the academic year. The children have loved going off with the coaches to the astro pitch (weather dependent) or into the big hall and taking part in the Monday sessions.

As soon as some of the children arrived on Monday morning one asked ‘is it biking day?’ and then replied with ‘YES! That is my favourite day of the week!’ when told it was, another joined in with ‘I am going to get a big boy bike with no stabilisers for Christmas as I am learning to ride all by myself’ and then a final added ‘ I didn’t know that I could even ride a bike. But I can!’ All such positive comments from the youngest of our children and all showing such pride in their new found skills and talents. Well done all of you. We are really proud of you and thank you to Multi Sport Pro.

Ermine Primary Academy

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