Scottish launch at Angus College


BALANCEABILITY - the UK’s only accredited learn-to-cycle programme for children aged from two-and-a-half to six years of age was officially launched in Scotland recently at Angus College.

The innovative programme, which is supported by former Olympic Champion cyclist Chris Boardman MBE, was introduced at the college nursery.

Balanceability combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a programme of activity that builds confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills enabling young children to learn to cycle without ever needing stabilisers.

The programme was funded through the efforts of HND students who carried out cycling-themed fund-raising activities and is being run by final year HND students and sport and fitness lecturer Sarah Ramminger.

Dawn Hayes, whose son Luke attends the nursery, said: “The balance bike provides a fun way for Luke to learn to ride and is so much easier and less frustrating than having to worry about pedalling and balancing at the same time. I can’t believe how quickly he has been able to learn and how confident he is already now as a result.”

The programme is aligned with the government’s ‘Start Active, Stay Active’ policy. For information, contact Dr Ramminger on 01241 432802.