NEW COURSE: FRIDAY AFTERNOONS AT THE BRUNSWICK CLUB, TWICKENHAM
Does your child have difficulty learning to ride 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 Friday afternoons for 4 weeks. Your child must be able to make all 4 sessions.
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 each half 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 only for 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 and Battersea. 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.
Here is some more information on the Pedal Project:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ACTIVITY WILL BE TAKING PLACE ON A NEW DAY AND A NEW VENUE FROM MAY 2019:
The Pedal Project course will be at:
Twickenham Brunswick Club for Young People
The Brunswick Club is a community centre in Twickenham tucked away behind Twining Avenue and Waldegrave School and quite near Squires Garden Centre.
Several buses stop nearby: the 267, 281, H22, 490, 290 and R70. It is approximately a 7 minute walk to Clarendon Crescent from all of these buses.
267 get off at the Prince Albert or Trafalgar Road / Prince of Wales
281 get off at the Prince Albert or Trafalgar Road / Prince of Wales
H22 get off at Willow Way or Sixth Cross Road
490 get off at Sixth Cross Road
290 get off at Fulwell/Sixth Cross Road or Fielding Avenue
R70 get off at Fulwell/Sixth Cross Road
If driving, when you get to the corner of Clarendon Crescent, there is a private driveway leading down to the club’s car park. Further instructions will be emailed to you after booking.
We are suggesting a donation of £32 for this 4 week course.
You can make the donation via our website, PayPal, by bank transfer or in cash.
If you are in financial difficulties, please let me know and we will allocate you a free bursary place.
Here are our bank details.
Sort code: 40-52-40
Account number: 00029487
Name: Me too & Co
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.
On the day:
Please try and arrive in good time for the course, so your child can acclimatise before starting. There is plenty of parking on site.
Please bring some comfortable clothes for your child, especially if they are coming straight from school. Some children find sitting on the saddle makes them sore, so please try to avoid skirts. We recommend soft trousers, jogging bottoms or leggings and plenty of padding!
We will ask the children to wear helmets and stress the importance of this. Please help with this as much as possible. We will provide special Me too & Co helmets which are for you to take away and keep. Please put a name label inside them for when you bring them back to each session! These helmets cover more of the head than traditional helmets, are lighter and also have extra padding inside which can be changed as your child grows. If your child has their own helmet and would prefer to wear this, you are welcome to bring it with you.
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 will provide tea, coffee and biscuits for waiting parents, water, breadstick and rice cakes for children. We will also have some toys for waiting siblings to play with in a separate room. 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.
We do not guarantee that we will get all children being able to ride a bicycle by the end of the course, but a good many do achieve this goal. We aim to be supportive and to help the children on their journey, whether this will end with them being fully fledged cyclists or with them just being prepared to sit on a bicycle for the first time. We celebrate all their achievements, in a low key way without overwhelming or embarrassing them!