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Pedal play training is helping children in North Lanarkshire to get on their bikes

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Young people in North Lanarkshire are pedalling a path to qualifications that will help them teach pre-school children how to cycle.The foundation apprenticeship scheme is giving more than 40 young people the opportunity to undertake “Play on Pedals” training at Jigsaw Family Learning Centre in Muirhead.The aim of the programme is to help children learn to cycle, progressing them from a balance bike to a pedal bike without the use of stabilisers through a series of fun activities which improve balance and control.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android When the training is successfully completed it will also qualify them to teach pre-schoolers about the parts of a bike, how to fit a helmet correctly and the basics of looking after bikes.Play on Pedals training has strong links to the curriculum for excellence and boosts confidence and provides transferable skills which can be used towards future careers.Lyndsay Cane from North Lanarkshire Council told us: “We are delighted with the enthusiasm which the young people have shown and our pre-school children have really enjoyed working with them. "The fun that comes with cycling is something these youngsters will remember their whole lives.“This exciting apprenticeship programme gives our pupils the chance to work in a fun teaching environment and will

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