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Caythorpe pupils build bikes from scratch

Talented youngsters at Caythorpe Primary School have been building their own bikes in preparation for a new cycling programme.

Pupils in Reception are taking part in Balanceability, the UK’s first and only accredited ‘learn to cycle’ programme for children up to six-years-old.

The objective is to develop dynamic balance skills and confidence before children are ready to use a more traditional bike.

They were joined by volunteer Mr Brockington who used his expertise to help put the bikes together.

The programme is supported by Olympic Gold-medal winning cyclist Chris Boardman MBE, who described it as being the fundamental starting point for children’s cycling and an excellent opportunity to promote active lifestyles at the earliest possible age.

Mrs Locke, a teaching assistant at Caythorpe, has been trained to deliver thesessions and is looking forward to starting the programme.

She said: “I’m really excited because it isn’t just about riding a bike.Balanceability also teaches a variety of important skills including improving physical development, supporting core strength and providing life skills.

“The programme aligns with our aim to deliver first-hand experiences to our pupils.

Balanceability is a great starting point to help children learn how to ride a bike.”

Pupils made their own bikes. (6926095)
Pupils made their own bikes. (6926095)

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