What is funetics?

funetics is a programme which provides fun athletics sessions to help 4-11 year old children learn, develop and practice running, jumping and throwing all year round.

Created by England Athletics

funetics is a fun and inclusive kids athletics 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.

What is funetics?

Developed for all children aged 4-11 years, funetics reflects the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2 to inspire all young pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

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.

Watch 3 short videos presented by Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Our guiding principles

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

Trackable and physical literacy based

funetics leads the way with a focus on better understanding, progression, reward and recognition. funetics is the first primary school kids athletics programme to offer long term trackable physical literacy against a skills-based competency framework.

The curriculum has been developed using existing resources and material from all over the world and has been reviewed by many of the UK’s leading coaches and world-renowned coaching names.

Where are funetics sessions held?

funetics sessions are typically held at primary schools through breakfast clubs, curriculum lessons and after school clubs, as well as in community venues such as England Athletics Clubs.

Our kids sports and athletics programmes typically run for a block of 6–12 weeks. Each week will involve your child taking part in fun activities which include:

  • Fun and engaging warm up and cool down activities
  • A minimum of two activities focused on either running, jumping or throwing

The support of two athletics giants

funetics is proud to welcome two sport legends to inspire children to get active through fun athletic development schemes and in doing so support your sell-in to schools and community groups.

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

Want to know more?

If you would like to find out more about us or our kids athletics programmes, please complete the contact form and a member of the funetics support team will be in touch with you shortly.