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Cycling - 26. March 2020.

BRITISH CYCLING LAUNCHES DAILY ACTIVITY TO KEEP KIDS MOVING DURING SCHOOL SHUTDOWN

British Cycling has today (Wednesday 25 March) launched a daily activity calendar to keep kids moving and help them to develop new skills, as millions across Britain adjust to life out of school.

Using British Cycling’s HSBC UK Ready Set Ride tool, the daily games and activities will be shared through the national governing body’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels at 11:00 each day, until Friday 24 April. They are suitable for children from as young as 18 months to eight years old, and many can be done without a bike – making them perfect for indoor play.

Launched alongside the Youth Sport Trust as a tool to help parents introduce pedalling to playtime, HSBC UK Ready Set Ride is split into three stages (Prepare 2 Ride, Balance and Pedals) which provide families with all they need to support children to start cycling.

 

The initiative was first launched following research by YouGov which showed that a third (33%) of all children cannot ride a bike.

 

British Cycling Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, said:

 

“The coming weeks and months are clearly going to be a challenge for parents and kids alike, but through our daily activities I really hope that we can help families to have fun and stay active together.

 

“While it’s true that the fabric of our sport – from elite racing to kids coaching – faces a period of unprecedented difficulty, I’m absolutely determined to ensure that we use the tools we do have at our disposal to make a difference wherever we can.”

 

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: 

 

“It is vital that we all take personal responsibility during these unprecedented times and play our part in helping to mitigate the impact on children of losing organised sport and activity both inside and outside of school.

 

“At a home level, it’s a really important moment to help parents manage children with lots of energy. Get them active for 20 minutes every couple of hours. Make sure they get their 60 active minutes a day. Being active is going to reduce their chances of being unwell. It will help them with remote learning. It will improve their concentration and it will make them feel better. It will help make being in the home a more pleasant and positive experience for everybody in the family.”

 

Luke Harper, Head of British Cycling Partnership at HSBC UK, said:

“The HSBC UK Ready Set Ride activities are perfect for indoor playtime or in the garden, and you don’t even need a bike to get started.

“The initiative is free to use for all, and is a tried and tested way to get your kids up and running on two wheels.”

 

The first activity, taking place at 11:00 tomorrow (Thursday 26 March), is Fingers and Thumbs, and the full calendar of activities can be found below. The full suite of games and activities can be accessed at any time here.

 

Calendar of activities:

 

Thursday 26th March

Fingers and Thumbs

Friday 27th March

Steady as You Go

Monday 30th March

Swipe and Swap

Tuesday 31st March

Jump

Wednesday 1st April

Step it Up

Thursday 2nd April

Twist and Pass

Friday 3rd April

Stamp and Slide

Monday 6th April

Wibble Wobble

Tuesday 7th April

Scoot, Stride and Glide

Wednesday 8th April

Speed it Up, Slow it Down

Thursday 9th April

Box the Lot

Friday 10th April

Criss Cross

Monday 13th April

Dot to Dot

Tuesday 14th April

I Spy

Wednesday 15th April

Limbo

Thursday 16th April

Pedal and Glide

Friday 17th April

Zig Zags

Monday 20th April

Corner Explorer

Tuesday 21st April

Pedal and Limbo

Wednesday 22nd April

Foot Down

Thursday 23rd April

Ups and Downs

Friday 24th April

Wave and Go, Figure it Out

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