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

England Athletics and funetics fast forward launch of funetics activity videos

Athletics and running play a vitally important role in our society and positively impact the lives of many people. We know that it brings people together, forging lifelong friendships and companionships and in providing a place of belonging and learning for many thousands of participants. Despite these unprecedented times, our commitment to enabling everyone to be active, through athletics and running, we will continue to be guided by our values and core beliefs, as well as by the support and ideas from the England Athletics family.

In support of 'Athletics and Running For Everyone @Home' to help us all be active during the Corona Virus movement restrictions, we have fast forwarded the launch of our new funetics activity videos. Originally planned for launch this Autumn as part of our public launch of our new funetics programm, the videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. 

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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.