Children pedal to success


Last term 90 children between the ages of four and six at William Westley, St Paul’s & Stapleford primary schools have been given the chance to learn to ride bikes without stabilisers thanks to the CSSPs balanceability programme.

During six weekly sessions delivered by the CSSPs project officer Lisa Woolfe the children have developed their static and dynamic balance on bikes without pedals; enabling them to later transition to pedal bikes in a safe and enjoyable manner.

Claire McDonnell, South Cambs Partnership Manager said, “Balanceability is the starting point for children’s cycling and an excellent opportunity to promote active lifestyles at an early age. It also supports the PE curriculum and is a natural lead into bikeability training which children do in years 5 & 6.

Balance bike training has been really popular in schools since we launched the programme over the partnerships a year ago. It has had a real impact on the children, helping them to improve their social skills as well as their balance and coordination. For many it has also given them the confidence and enthusiasm to practice their cycling at home with parents.”

I just wanted to let you know how amazing Balanceability has been.The children have loved it and we have seen a real change in the children in the classroom with both fine and gross motor skills.It is of course really all down to Lisa who has delivered it…she is AMAZING… organised…so positive…and always smiley and cheerful.
THANK YOU so much for giving the children this fantastic experience.

Paul Bryant, Headteacher, William Westley CE Primary School

Over the next two terms children at the following schools will be receiving training Chesterton Primary, Cherry Hinton, Great Wilbraham, Great & Little Shelford, Colville & Park Street. Further schools can book in training by getting in touch with the School Sports Partnership



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