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funetics ambassador - Katarina Johnson-Thompson talks to Athletics Weekly about funetics saying "I wish I'd had something like this when I first started."

Katarina Johnson-Thompson - world heptathlon champion and ambassador of our new funetics programme for primary school age children - graces the cover of the latest edition of Athletics Weekly.  She was interviewed by the magazine at a recent photoshoot for funetics at her home track in Liverpool.  There's a four page spread inside; she explained how she started out, her rise to Commonwealth heptatlon Gold, European gold for indoor pentathlon and her current training regime and World champion.

She also talks about her involvement with funetics - our new child-centred and inclusive funetics programme, which is specifically designed to help improve the physical literacy of primary school children. "She said, "I wish I'd had something like this when I first started - it might have saved me a lot of trouble if I'd learned how to throw a little sooner."

Our vision is for every primary school aged child in the country to be able to access funetics sessions to learn the fundamental movements skills of running, jumping and throwing via a trackable physical literacy based course, which reflects the recent government plans to address inactivity amongst children.  Together we can help strengthen the role of sport within children’s daily routine and our vision can become a reality across the nation.

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

funetics welcomes two athletics giants...

funetics is proud to welcome two of our sports' greatest competitors to help inspire children to take part in fun athletics and get more active.

Commonwealth Heptathlon Champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson has agreed to be our funetics ambassador and the funetics’ insole partner, Enertor, brings with them the support of the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.

 

Calling all providers - apply now for a funetics licence and help improve the physical literacy of children.


We are recruiting local dynamic providers to deliver the funetics programme within school and community locations across England from September 2019. Coaches, teachers and parents will be able to access and track each child’s progress digitally as they learn fundamental movement skills and are encouraged to undertake higher activity levels for a healthy future.

Find out more here.