Legacy engagement

Birmingham Commonwealth Games legacy engagement

The funetics Birmingham Commonwealth Games legacy programme aims to attract a whole new audience for the national rollout of funetics.

Aimed at local athletics clubs, organisations, groups (faith, uniformed) and local operators who are respected and embedded within Birmingham and beyond; our vision is to super charge local delivery by empowering local communities to launch their own funetics programme at a venue, time and location to suit their communities needs.

We will provide training, equipment, resources and ongoing support – providing confidence, competence and aspiration for local community members to engage at a hyper local level.

We want to dispel the myth that all athletics needs to be delivered in formal athletic settings. Our community offers allows partners to deliver in local settings such as parks, open spaces, leisure, community or faith settings.

We understand that naturally gifted athletes will be found, and so, we will always have a local athletics track and field club within 25  minutes' walk time wherever possible to signpost these athletes to.

Through community partners

Since the hosting of the Commonwealth Games  in Birmingham Summer of 2022, we have continued to develop our ongoing offer and activation and will be providing concentrated effort and support to Birmingham City, The West Midlands and our twenty core cities until November 2023.

Our services include:

Training:  for Community Leaders, Volunteers, Primary School Teachers and Athletic Coaches

SHARESHACK: We have developed a brand new resource activites @home (for families) a fun resource allowing families to borrow activity cards (underpinned by YouTube videos to demonstrate how children can engage) and an equipment bag. Families can enjoy the funetics activities at their local park or at home; and to experience funetics for the whole family.

funetics Holiday Camps: Delivering all year round through all the school holidays, funetics athletics camps will be organised in parks, schools, and community venues near you, most will be free to access, and if you are eligible, lunch will be provided.

funetics Sports Days: Let us take the hassle out of the organisation of primary school sports day. We have a dedicated resource for all primary school PE Leads – the Sports Day resources provide schools with a full plan to lead, deliver and score a sports day.

funetics community satellite hubs: We are creating local community athletics hubs where a track and field club is not accessible. This is an opportunity for athletics to be hosted somewhere close to children's home or school, at an affordable price, without compromising on quality of delivery.

We will complement the Birmingham 2022 "Summer of 2022" campaign (which included music, sport and entertainment experiences in Birmingham such as the "Summer of Fun" and the "Community Games etc.) with activation through our legacy community partners (Shareshack and Active Streets).

Through clubs

We will upskill leaders and coaches within clubs and provide access to funetics kit bags and the digital platform free of charge. Activators will support clubs to gain traction in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

We very much want to see our track and field clubs truly connect with the communities they serve, and open their facilities to engage with wider members,

We propose that each track and field club host a family fun day for all each summer, to showcase their club and facilities and encourage new junior members.

We will upskill their workforce, both coaches and leaders to welcome wider members into their club

We will invest in training of their workforce by upskilling assistant coaches

Digital engagement

We will continue to invest in the funetics digital platform and the development of digital avatars in a fully inclusive way to help children and young people experience activities when and how they and their friends want.