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Bikeability at Bolton Wanderers gets kids on their bikes

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Published: 29 August 2013
Report: Eddie Allen


This summer, children from in and around Bolton had the chance to get involved with a Bikeability programme, held at the iconic Reebok Stadium – home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

Bikeability is Cycling Proficiency for the 21st century and is designed to give young people the skills and confidence to cycle on today’s roads. Children attending the two-day holiday programme achieved Level 1 and Level 2 Bikeability awards, which were delivered by British Cycling qualified instructors.

The first day of the programme focused on Level 1 Bikeability, with children covering basic bike handling skills, such as braking, balance and steering, all in a traffic-free setting. On day two, trainees moved into an on-road environment, which helped them to begin to develop the skills to negotiate quiet roads and basic junctions.

"The aim of Bikeability is to provide children with the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on the roads"

John Mills, Director of Coaching, Education and Development at British Cycling.

John Mills, Director of Coaching, Education and Development at British Cycling, said: “This is the third summer holiday programme we’ve hosted at Bolton Wanderers Football Club. The aim of Bikeability is to provide children with the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on the roads.

“We hope to see the children get on their bikes instead of the bus when they go back to school in September!”

In addition to gaining new skills and confidence on their bikes, the children also took time out for a tour of the Reebok Stadium. The children were presented with certificates and they all received a goody bag full of Bolton Wanderers Football Club goodies.

For more information about Bolton Wanderers FC Juniors, please visit http://www.bwfcjuniors.co.uk.

For more information about Bikeability, please visit http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/cycletraining.