We are very pleased to offer 2 more courses this summer term to help your children with additional needs learn to ride a bicycle.
Does your child have difficulty riding a bicycle? Have you tried stabilisers and everything you can think of? Or have you put off the dreaded task knowing it will be a huge challenge? Then why not book your child into our course that we are running in conjunction with the Pedal Project?
This course will be delivered by Ed Woodhouse of Pedal Project. Many of our families have used his services, so he comes highly recommended! One mum says:
“I can’t thank you enough for teaching A to cycle. Because A has Down Syndrome we knew we were setting you a huge challenge, as we don’t know any children with Down Syndrome that cycle without stabilisers, yet you were honest, positive and completely unfazed. When we saw him cycling after just three sessions I think the tears said it all! We are spreading the word about Pedal Project and urging other parents of children with disabilities to give it a go.”
The Pedal Project’s mission is to get as many children as possible enjoying cycling and to get children pedalling safely without stabilisers.
Cycling has so many benefits, particularly to both physical and psychological health, as well as the freedom it affords. But perhaps the greatest benefit of learning to cycle is the huge boost in confidence it gives - learning a new skill for life.
We are able to run two groups for six children each in our Pedal Project course. These will both be on Wednesday afternoons for 5 weeks. Your child must be able to make all 5 sessions.
Please note in the second course there is a gap of one week with no session happening on 20th June.
The dates of the courses will be:
19th September to 17th October
7th Nov to Wednesday 5th December
There will be 2 groups of children.
The first group will be from 3.50 to 4.50pm.
The second group will be from 5 to 6pm.
Children for the first group should aim to arrive by 3.45pm and for the second group by 4.50pm.
The minimum age to take part is 4 years old and the minimum height is 92cm. There is no maximum age but the maximum height is 160 cm.
The children will be taught in small groups of 6 children. Therefore there is a very limited number of places available on this courses, but we plan to run more courses again in the autumn term.
Your child needs to have the potential to be able to ride a bicycle. You as the parents are best placed to know your child’s abilities, but please do speak to Ed at the Pedal Project if you are not sure. Not all children are aware of dangers, so you, the parents, need to decide if your child will be safe to ride outside with the hazards of traffic etc once they have mastered the skill.
Bikes and helmets will be provided. Children are expected to wear a helmet and may not be able to take part if they can’t keep a helmet on, so please get your child used to wearing a bicycle helmet, if you can. Please also make sure your child wears loose comfortable clothing such as jogging bottoms and long sleeved tops. Skirts and open-toed sandals are not recommended.
The bicycles that will be provided are Islabikes, which are the best children’s bikes on the market. They are lightweight and all components are scaled down. The brakes in particular are excellently designed and easy to use.
We will use a variety of games to help the children learn balance and control.
This course is aimed at our children who have additional needs or disabilities, rather than their siblings. If your child is a sibling who does not have additional needs themselves, please do not book this course. Siblings are very welcome to take part in one of Pedal Project’s mainstream courses, which take place in Twickenham, Barnes, Battersea and Hampton. The price is £60 for 3 sessions of one hour each and Ed guarantees that he will get your mainstream children cycling.
We can’t guarantee that your children will learn to ride a bicycle successfully in the 5 sessions, but we will do our very best to help them and to allow them to enjoy it! The most important element is to build up their confidence, allowing our children the opportunity to gain a skill they might have thought they would not be able to achieve. We do not use stabilisers but start off using an Islabike without pedals and using it as a balance bike, first gaining speed and confidence and then learning to balance. When each child is ready, Ed adds pedals to their bicycle and shows them how to build on their skills.
The Pedal Project course will be at:
All Hallows Church
This church hall is off Whitton Road, which leads from Twickenham station to the A316.
There is plenty of free on-site parking. Access to the church hall’s car park which is at the end of Erncroft Way. Please do not park in Erncroft Way and please do not pull into the church’s own car park which is off the A316, as this is for weddings and funerals only!
All Hallows is 10 minutes walk from Twickenham railway station. From Twickenham station you can also get the 281 bus towards Hounslow and get off near Last Try Wines.
The 281 (Hounslow to Kingston) stops on the Whitton Road near the end of Erncroft Way, just a two minute walk from All Hallows.
Parents are asked to stay on the premises but are not expected to take part or be in the same room as the children, unless their child’s needs are such that this would be advisable. We prefer parents to wait in our waiting room, to allow their child to concentrate on the cycling without distractions. We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits for waiting parents and some toys for waiting siblings to play with. If you will be bringing your other children, please let us know their ages so that we can provide suitable toys for them to play with in a separate room from the cycling.
Here is some more information on the Pedal Project:
For this course we are asking for a payment of £40, which goes towards the cost of hiring the venue. Payment should be made when you book your child’s place.
We are able to offer free or subsidised places. If you are in financial difficulties, please book a place and then speak to us about a bursary place.
We would like to thank the Tommy Hollis Children’s Fund for subsidising this course and Ed Woodhouse from the Pedal Project for providing his time and expertise.
To book a place, please log into our website:
Book the time slot you would like, on this page
Make payment via the Paypal link (you do not need a Paypal account, all credit and debit cards are accepted).
Please note there are 2 stages to complete: the booking and the payment process which are done separately. Please log in to the website and BOOK YOUR PLACE before making payment.
If payment is made without a booking being completed, this unfortunately does not guarantee you a place.
We hope you and your child will find this course useful. Thank you for your interest and support.