During the Covid-19 restrictions England Athletics have given free access to Parents for their Funetics Programme videos.   These can be found by following the link below.

Scroll down the page and select the video you want to view from the list – there are 20 to choose from which can be done either in the home or the garden, depending on the space you have available.   As the videos show these are activities that parents and children can do together.

There is quite a variety there and they are being added to quite frequently.    This is one of the initiatives that England Athletics are making free to athletes and clubs so please remember to support them by paying your Gateshead Harriers membership and England Athletics Affiliation fee.


Our coaches hope to be back running sessions as soon as the Government and Governing Body relax the restrictions.

England Athletics and Katarina Johnson-Thompson launches Rainbow Medal competition and free funetics Home School Pack

We recognize you as a member of our community, but you may also be a parent, teacher or carer looking for different ways to help inspire primary school aged children to get active and learn at the same time during these challenging times?

By way of our Athletics & Running For Everyone @Home campaign aimed at supporting adults to keep active at home; we have recognised that much of our work with young and emerging athletes and our RunTogether community can also help parents, carers and teachers who are currently home-schooling primary-school aged children.

So, we have created a Home School Pack as a resource to help primary school aged children learn and stay active at home.

Available to download for free, the Home School Pack is based in part on our new funetics programme, which provides fun athletics sessions to help primary school children learn, develop and practice running, jumping and throwing all year round and reflects the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stages 1 and 2.. All you need to do as a Run Leader is set this up.

Superhero key workers rainbow medal competition with Katarina Johnson-Thompson:
Included in the Home School Pack is a competition for primary school children to design a ‘Rainbow Medal’ to recognise the amazing superhero key workers who live amongst us and keep us safe in these challenging times.

The competition is being headed up by funetics ambassador and World Heptathlete and Commonwealth Games Champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson who says: “We’re asking children to use all the colours of the rainbow in their medal design to celebrate all of the amazing, superhero key workers up and down the country. To enter the competition children, or their parents, can share a picture with us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #BetterTogether, or via email to support@funetics.co.uk. Myself and the funetics team will be picking and rewarding some of the best entries with fun prizes over the next few weeks.”