Case Studies and Testimonials
We have prepared some Case Studies which demonstrate how Balanceability has worked with a variety of groups. Click on the individual Case Study to read more.
Attending a Balanceability demonstration at Welton Primary School I was impressed with the potential opportunities it offers for younger children who would normally have to wait till year 6 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 - is well placed to promote more cycling for a wider age range.
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 5 when Bikeability is offered. Balanceability offers the perfect solution to this gap in skills development, I was extremely impressed when I saw it run at one one 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 and as a consequence when I run events at this school the level of cycling competency is very high right from Reception pupils throughout the school.
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.
Bike It Officer, Sustrans
Chris Boardman MBE
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.
Olympic Champion and World Record holder
Patricia Maude MBE
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
The recently published reports in July 2011 of both the Chief Medical Officers’ Report and the NHS ‘Physical Activity Guidelines for Children (Under 5 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
Lecturer in physical education at Homerton College, University of Cambridge