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Fun athletics sessions from England Athletics, to help children learn, develop and practice running jumping and throwing.

Great news! Primary PE and Sport Premium is to continue at £320 million for the 2020 / 2021 academic year, as announced by the UK Government.

In addition, the DfE has also sanctioned any Primary PE and Sport Premium funding from the current academic year (2019-20), that schools were unable to use, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, can be carried forward to utilise in the next academic year.

 

The Premium is designed to help children get an active start in life, supporting primary schools to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision so that pupils experience the benefits of regular exercise – from becoming healthier both mentally and physically to improved behaviour and better academic achievement.

 

With our announcement we are launching funetics summer camps for August; and our plans to offer direct delivery of funetics in some schools from September; we couldn’t be more pleased to receive this great news. Now more children can now have access to fun athletics based activities and enjoy learning and developing with other children going forward.

NEW - funetics summer camps

England Athletics continue to explore creative ways in how we can support our member clubs stay active and get back on ‘Track’ as soon as possible. So we're very excited to tell you about a new offer coming soon in the form of fun Athletics Summer Camps for kids provided by funetics.

England Athletics is currently pulling together a support resource to help clubs run athletics summer camps in their local area through the summer holidays (if safe and feasible to do so).

We know that currently many tracks are not open and Government and England Athletics guidelines on social distance reflect the limited number of individuals who can train together. However, to keep one step ahead of an ever changing environment, we wanted to provide our athletics community with some useful tools and a programme to help re-engage (when safe to do so) with your communities and provide fun athletics based summer camp activities throughout the late summer period.

The government have mentioned on several occasions in recent weeks, the desire to help children catch up with missed educational time and one suggested way to achieve this is through Summer Camps. Through the Summer Camp Organisers' Manual, you will be provided with useful support and resources to help not only develop young people’s athletics skills, but also their wider development such as social and emotional skills, as well as provide Cross Curricular activities to help with their academic studies.

Look out for more information coming very soon, or contact us now for further information by emailing: [email protected]

Katarina Johnson-Thompson talks about her love of athletics and her supporting the launch of the funetics Home School Pack

Whilst filming recently - at home and doing the filming herself - as part of her funetics ambassador role; we were also able to speak with Katarina (via video conferencing) about how she started out in athletics at primary school and her thoughts on our new Home School Pack which has been designed by England Athletics to help parents and primary school aged children to home school during Lockdown.

Katarina also spoke about her the 'Design a Rainbow Medal for Key Workers' competition which she is spearheading with funetics. 

What is funetics?

funetics is a fun and inclusive programme, created by England Athletics to help 4-11 year old children across the country to learn, develop and practice running, jumping and throwing skills all year round, for a healthy confident future.

Helping children to have fun whilst getting active, funetics provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for children to develop fundamental movement skills and confidence to help support them in different sports in the future.

Why should children take part in a funetics programme?

England Athletics’ vision is for every primary school aged child in the country to be able to access funetics sessions to learn the fundamental movement skills of running, throwing and jumping via a trackable physical literacy-based course, reflecting the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2.

The UK Government's 'School Sport & Activity Plan' states all young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives and we believe funetics supports this ambition.

This programme has been devised so that all children aged 4–11 years can discover new physical confidence and raise their activity levels through fun, dynamic sessions. The guiding principles for the child-centred funetics programme are: 

  • Safe – all activities will be delivered with safety as a first priority
  • Encouraging – children will always be encouraged for their effort
  • Rewarding – children who demonstrate both physical skills and softer skills, such as team work, punctuality and determination, will be recognised and rewarded
  • Developmental – children will learn at their own pace through age-appropriate sessions
  • Child-centred – we always put the child at the heart of our
    programme development and delivery