Balanceability is an accredited ‘learn to cycle’ programme for children aged 2½ to 6 years old and is the fundamental starting point for children’s cycling and an excellent opportunity to promote active lifestyles at the earliest possible age.
The programme combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a variety 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 that 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.
Donegal Sports Partnership piloted the pre-school programme in 2018, with the support of the Donegal County Childcare Committee and since then through our qualified instructor base, we have taught over 300 children to ride a bike!
The schools programme is delivered over 6 consecutive weeks, with 2 sessions weekly. Each week the instructor will incorporate fun activities to help children develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, bilateral coordination and enhance their physical literacy. Upon completion of the programme, children will be able to transition to riding a pedal bike in a safe environment.
In response to the current pandemic, with parents and children spending more time together at home, we thought…why not put the time to good use! Our fully qualified tutors have adapted the programme for parents to follow at home, and prepared a range of easy to follow, step-by-step videos for parents to complete in their own time. They will also receive a parents resource booklet, a weekly tracker and regular support & guidance from a qualified Balanceability Instructor, through a private facebook group.
If your Pre-school is interested in hosting the Balancability Programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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