Balancing act

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Like everything else, it’s easy when you know how. But for children, learning to ride a bike can be tricky - and for parents, teaching them can be hard work.

Now help is at hand in the shape of “Balanceability” classes, which are now being offered by Fenland District Council at the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech.

Balanceability is the UK’s first and only accredited cycling programme for children aged 2-6. It aims to instil the basic skills needed: balance, stability and co-ordination.

It consists of six half-hour sessions and uses “balance bikes” and other equipment such as miniature road signs and traffic cones.

The bikes are just like ordinary ones except that they don’t have pedals or chains. Being pedal-less, they do away with the need for stabilisers.

The first course has just come to an end, with the second due to start on November 12.

Councillor Pop Jolley, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for leisure, dropped in on one of the first classes. He said: “It was great to see the children in action and picking things up so quickly. This is clearly a fun, safe way to learn and cycling is one of the healthy activities we’re really keen to encourage, so the earlier people get started the better.”

Sarah White, one of FDC’s leisure team who run the sessions, said the first course had been a great success. “We first tried Balanceability out in an intensive, six-day course over the summer and now we’ve just come to the end of our first six-week course,” she said.

“In that time out of the 14 children who have tried it, 10 have learned to ride, which is a fantastic result given that some of them are really young. We’ve got another course starting next month and we’d welcome any families who want to give it a go.”

· Each Balanceability course can include up to 10 children. The next one runs each Tuesday from November 12 until December 17, with another scheduled for January 7-February 11. The cost is £28.20. For more details and to enrol, call FDC’s leisure team on 01354 622399 or email leisureservices@fenland.gov.uk