Angus College announced as Scottish launch site for innovative Balanceability cycle programme
Balanceability - the UK's only accredited learn to cycle programme for children aged 2 ½ to 6 years old will be launched in Scotland on Friday 9th March.
The innovative programme, which has been supported by Olympic Champion cyclist Chris Boardman MBE, will be launched at Angus College in Arbroath.
Balanceability combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a programme of activity that builds confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills enabling young children to learn to cycle without ever needing stabilisers.
The programme for the College Nursery has been funded through the efforts of HND students who carried out cycling-themed fundraising activities.
The students, along with Sport and Fitness Lecturer Sarah Ramminger, will deliver Balanceability to the children over the summer term.
Dr Ramminger, said: “The final year HND students felt it was important to give something back to the younger generation and invest in the future. Balanceability will provide an excellent opportunity for the nursery children and enables the College to promote an active lifestyle and embrace the ECO committee ethos of the nursery.”
The programme is aligned with the Government's 'Start Active, Stay Active' policy which calls for increased physical activity for young children. Balanceability has been awarded a Kitemark by the Professional Development Board for Physical Education and is in line with the curriculum guidance for Foundation Stage pupils.
Olympic champion Chris Boardman MBE, 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."
For more information about the programme, please contact Dr Sarah Ramminger, 01241 432802.
PHOTOCALL – 10.45am, Friday 9th March - Angus College, Saltire Leisure Centre
Angus College nursery children will have their first Balanceability session with HND students and Dr Sarah Ramminger
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