Play on Pedals joins in Playday 2015

Play on Pedals joins in Playday 2015

Playday, the national day for play in the UK, is on Wednesday 5 August 2015, and Play on Pedals will be celebrating this summer at Kelvingrove Tennis Courts with free and fun balance and pedal bike drop in training for young children.

Increased traffic, fear of accidents and public spaces designed without children in mind sometimes mean that children today don’t get to play out where they live as much as previous generations. This year’s Playday campaign – Play more… is calling on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play more. As well promoting children's right to play, the campaign is highlighting that playing more is crucial for children's health, well-being and happiness. 

Play on Pedals is a Glasgow based project, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery which delivers cycle training to pre-schoolers. Its aim is to enable more children to become confident and active on their bikes and use the spaces around them to enjoy cycling with their families. Now in its second year, the project has reached over 1500 children across the city, providing training to nursery staff and access to balance and pedal bikes and second hand bikes donated through organised amnesties.

Polly Jarman, Development Officer for Play on Pedals, said: ‘Through Play on Pedals we see children discovering new skills and abilities through having fun on bikes. They are making new friends and discovering new adventures while also learning about lots of important things like Health and Wellbeing. They are also taking their experiences home and encouraging parents to get out and about on their bikes also. We support play for all ages!’

Families can drop into the Kelvingrove tennis courts from 1-3pm on Wednesday 5th August and have a free go on the balance and pedal bikes available, with experienced instructors there to answer any questions.

More information about the Play on Pedals project can found at www.playonpedals.com

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