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

Katarina Johnson-Thompson and funetics announce the winners of the Rainbow Medal Competition which has been celebrating the great work of keyworkers during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

For winner and runner up names, photos of their medals and a quote from Katarina click here.

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. 

Click here for the full interview.

Click here for details of the Medal competition and funetics Home School Pack

England Athletics and funetics launch new free funetics Home School Pack for primary school children

England Athletics' funetics' team have developed an athletics and curricular based resource to help primary school children keep active and to support learning in a home environment.

The free-to-download funetics Home School Pack not only helps you teach the fundamental life skills of running, jumping and throwing but also gives children the opportunity to practice academic skills using sport as a foundation.

Click here to find out more

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.