Burnley Leisure is gearing up to roll out a new bike programme to get local children enjoying the thrill of cycling from an early age.

Through a fun and safe introduction to riding a bike, the nationally accredited Balanceability programme aims to help young children learn that cycling and keeping active is a part of life.

Starting from January, children aged between two-and-a-half and 4 years will take part in a variety of fun activities that build confidence, special awareness and dynamic balance skills that will enable them to cycle without ever using stabilisers.

Sarah Darcy, Burnley Leisure’s Get in2 sport activator and Balanceability programme leader, said: “The programme offers children a great opportunity to become competent cyclists at an early age through the development of balance and control.

“The programme is made up of progressive learning experiences, with fun ways to learn to cycle on balance bikes. This programme is a foundation for cyclists of the future, through which young children can practise and achieve the balance needed to ride a bicycle, but without the encumbrance of pedals.

“The Balanceability programme also contributes to meeting the physical activity guidelines for healthy development as well as providing a success-orientated experience, helping to build up children’s confidence and sense of achievement.”

The Get in2 team is inviting families to bring along their children to free taster sessions and see how much they enjoy the programme.

The taster sessions will provide the opportunity to learn more about how the scheme will run, see the new equipment and speak to activity leaders about the programme benefits.

Taster sessions will take place at St Peter’s Leisure Centre on the following dates:

  • Saturday 25th November, 2nd and 9th December, 11am-noon
  • Wednesday 29th November, 6th and 13th December , 4-5pm

For more information, please contact Sarah Darcy 01282 425011 ext 3251 or email

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