Balanceability has won a major contract in the East Midlands, which will give 1,000 primary school pupils in Lincolnshire the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.
The programme, which is part of Telford-based TTC Cycling, has joined forces with sports charity Inspire+ to supply 24 schools in the area with ten by 14 inch balance bikes, ten helmets and all the training materials required to deliver the UK afPE approved Balanceability learn-to-cycle programme.
Colsterworth Primary School, Belmont Community Primary School and Uffington Church of England Primary School were amongst the first schools to receive their new bikes and will immediately start teaching Reception and Key Stage one pupils how to ride.
Samantha Wright, sales manager of Balanceability, said: “We work with thousands of schools across the country, with most of our relationships being held directly with individual Schools.
“This contract represents a new way of working with education.
“Through our partnership with Inspire+ we have provided a package to 24 schools involving 240 bikes.
“As a result, more than 1,000 young pupils will learn to cycle this year, but that’s just the start.
“These bikes will then be passed down to ‘new starters’ so they can learn this really important life skill as well.”
TTC Group acquired Balanceability in 2014 as part of ambitions to expand its training into new specialist areas.
In the four years that have followed, the company has steadily grown its coverage across the UK, winning contracts to supply balance bikes, resources and equipment to the general public, local authorities, schools and other public sector bodies.
Oliver Raisbeck, TTC’s cycling director, said: “We are excited to be working with Inspire+, sharing similar aspirations.
“Our capabilities and services are driven by the needs of today’s organisations to reduce on-road incidents and the wider social aims to improve health and wellbeing.”