Balanceability 

Balanceability is a nationally accredited learn to ride programme.

Level 1 

This course is aimed at 4-5 year olds who cannot already ride a bike.  
It aims to develop your child’s balance and co-ordination skills, whilst having fun on a balance bike.
All balance bikes and equipment are provided, it typically lasts 30-45 minutes and takes place inside.  
 
Future course dates:  
  • Thursday 23 February – 10-10.45am 
  • Thursday 16 March – 4.15-5pm
  • Thursday 13 April – 10am-10.45am 
 
Level 2
This course is aimed at 5+ year olds who cannot already ride a bike. 
Develop your child’s balance, co-ordination, gliding and stopping skills, ultimately achieving a key lifetime milestone – learning to ride their bike without stabilisers.
You must provide your own bike (with stabilisers removed) and helmet, the course is usually 30-45 minutes long and takes place inside.  
 
Future course dates:
  • Thursday 23 February –11am-11.45am
  • Thursday 16 March - 5pm - 5.45pm
  • Thursday 13 April – 11am-11.30am
All our courses take place at Upton Hill Centre. 
 
Limited places available on all courses, booking is essential. Costs £5 per child, per session. 
To book your place and to find out more email rachel.vann@malvernhills.gov.uk.

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Bikeability 

This is the nationally accredited 21st Century Cycling Proficiency. As a Bikeability Scheme Provider we are very excited to offer children the opportunity to work towards their Level 1.
 
  • Level 1 teaches the basics of balance and control in a traffic free environment.
All children MUST be able to ride a bike without stabilisers and MUST also bring their own bikes.
Level 1 (10 places available)
 
Future course dates:
  • 23 February – 12.00-13.30
  • 13 April – 12.00-13.30
For more information about prices or to reserve a place, email rachel.vann@malvernhills.gov.uk.
 

Children’s Cycle Training – FAQs 

What qualifications do your Instructors have?
Rachel Vann, our Balanceability and Bikeability Instructor is fully qualified and accredited. She is affiliated to British Cycling and Balanceability. She is also first aid trained.
 
Are your Balanceability and Bikeability Instructors DBS checked?
Yes Rachel has an enhanced DBS check and she is more than happy to share this with parents.
 
Does my child have to wear a helmet?
We recommend that all children who take part in our sessions wear a helmet.
 
Can I stay to watch my child or do I have to drop them off?
For the Balanceability session we recommend that all parents stay to watch and support their child.

As Bikeability Level 1 is slightly longer it is entirely up to the parent if they want to stay and watch. 
 
Will my child get a certificate?
All children who successfully complete their Level 1 Bikeability will be issued with a certificate.
 
Is there free parking at the training courses?
Most of our courses will be held at a venue with free parking. Rachel will let parents know before the course what facilities are available.
 
How do I need to prepare my child’s bike and my child for the training courses?
Rachel will let all parents know before the course how they can prepare, where you will meet and what to bring.
 
How do I know what skills my child has learned?
Any parent coming to watch their child take part in Balanceability will see first-hand what skills they have learned.

For Bikeability Level 1 and Level 2, Rachel will issue all children with a certificate which will detail what they have learned on the course and what they need to work on/improve. Rachel is also keen to chat to parents after any course about any further support she can offer.