'FUNS for everyone' challenges

'FUNS for everyone' challenges

Gabor Papp | 08/12/2009

‘FUNS for everyone’ is a programme which contains over 200 physical challenges organised to a circuit format with 12 stations and which also contains an integrated awards scheme.

‘What a fantastic course! Can’t stop thinking about it. Would like all the teachers to go on it throughout the year- it will totally change the way I teach my class this year!’ (Primary Link Teacher)

‘Just wanted to say what a fantastic day I've had. It's Friday night and unusually, I can't wait to get into school and try out some of the activities we have been doing on the course today. It is just what I need for my year 3's and I know they will enjoy it. It has also made me rethink how I teach in other subjects too and how I can make it more skills based and fun.’ (Primary Teacher)

 

‘Thanks for a brilliant course last week; the PLT's are still buzzing!’ (PDM)

 

‘…the responses have been fantastic, I've already had 3 heads emailing and saying how their staff came back buzzing from the training’ (PDM)

 

What is the aim of FUNS?

 

‘FUNS for everyone’ is a programme which contains over 200 physical challenges organised to a circuit format with 12 stations and which also contains an integrated awards scheme. The programme consists of a variety of colour coded cards, each structured around a staged series of challenges that introduce, build and develop the core FUNdamental movement skills - Balance, Coordination and Agility.

 

The programme operates on 6 coloured levels of attainment similar to the “grading” system for martial arts where yellow is the starting point and black the most advanced. At each colour level, 12 stations need to be successfully completed before the young people can move on. The challenges can be performed in a specialist learning environment or indeed any empty space and most require minimal equipment.

 

It is a programme which has been piloted and developed to fulfil four main aspirations:

 

To:

  • Engender and support the development of positive attitudes by young people towards physical activity.
  • Improve all pupils' core skills and confidence in PE and Sport, enabling greater access to the PE curriculum and Sport specific pursuits.
  • Support the identification, extension and development of gifted and talented pupils in PE and Sport.
  • Provide an effective assessment for learning tool.

 

Why FUNS?

 

FUNdamental movement skills are the building blocks that underpin the ability to play and be involved in many different sports and activities They also embrace talent development and long term athletic development (LTAD), which has been shown to create a more sustained participation in sport and maximises the opportunity for athletes to reach their potential. Even at the absolute elite end of world sport, sportspeople continue to revisit and improve their fundamental movement skills.

 

Who developed FUNS?

 

The FUNS for everyone programme has been developed by Ronnie Heath and John Parsons from Create Development.

 

Ronnie is the Lead Author of the ‘Funs for everyone’, ‘Raising The Bar’ and ‘Accelerating Abilities’ resources and former National Trainer for sports coach UK’s Multi-skill delivery. He continues to develop tutors, resources and courses for a variety of agencies. The winner of the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Coach Education for London’ in 2006, he became England Basketball’s Coach of the Year in 2007, following the rise of the Taunton Tigers ‘home grown’ Men’s team to National Division 1. He is now the lead consultant for Create Development and works both nationally and internationally.

 

John has a strong background in sport as a Performer, Coach, Coach Educator, Coach Development Officer and, most recently, as sports coach UK's Regional Manager for London. As part of his national role with sports coach UK, John lead on Long Term Athlete Development and FUNdamentals. John spent 4 years with Chelsea Football Club and went on to the United States on a soccer scholarship where he gained an MSc in Education and began his coaching career. John has coached at all ages and levels of Youth Football and is currently a UEFA 'B' Licensed Coach, an FA Coach Educator and a Senior Tutor for sports coach UK.

 

How can FUNS be included in the curriculum?

 

One of the key aims of the FUNS programme is to enable all children to acquire, develop and improve all pupils' core skills and confidence in PE and Sport, enabling greater access to the PE curriculum and Sport specific pursuits. The programme can be integrated into current schemes of work, delivered through a whole-part-whole method of teaching and also through warm-ups and Stations.

 

The programme is meant to be fully inclusive with all stations and activities differentiated. Early challenges are suitable for all Key Stage 2 children and some Foundation and Key Stage 1 children although some adaptation may be required. The later challenges are suitable for gifted and talented children at Key Stages 2 and 3 and may well be used by coaches to prepare and support young people for activity/sport specific pursuits.

 

In addition, many of the skills and attributes, both physical and non-physical, i.e. cognitive, social and emotional, developed through this resource are transferable skills that can enhance both the positive ethos and the academic success of a school. Such skill acquisitions include the ability to make decisions under pressure, personal management, the capacity to set targets and then work to achieve them, respect for others, sticking to rules, self-control and independent thinking. Thus, alongside enhanced physical intelligence, pupils develop emotional and social intelligences.

 

How will FUNS improve students' skills in other sports?

 

FUNdamental movement skills are the building blocks that underpin the ability to play and be involved in many different sports and activities, while even at the absolute elite end of world sport, sportspeople continue to revisit and improve their fundamental movement skills.

 

We are all aware of how regularly an athlete's opportunity to realise their potential and/or future involvement in sport is reduced because one aspect/area of their athletic profile is clearly underdeveloped. Indeed, one side of the body, or one arm or leg is often considerably weaker than the other. We know as teachers and coaches that an area of weakness will significantly limit the young people’s ability to fully express themselves in activities and sports and therefore result in under achievement and frustration. In many cases, it will also lead to short-term or even long-term injury.

 

Incredibly, it is often our most talented athletes who have the biggest differences in their development. They inevitably train more and although they have the opportunity to work on weaker areas, they regularly don't. This problem is also compounded by the pressure on the teacher or coach to look at short term success or the ‘win this Saturday’. All of us have observed the young, early maturing sportsperson achieving success on the sports field despite a very limited range of skills, in the knowledge that they are heading for a 'fall' the moment the awareness, size or the strength of the opposition catches up. The Funs for everyone Programme has an in built awards scheme that provides a positive incentive to young athletes to work on their weaker areas.

 

How many schools/kids are taking part in FUNS already?

 

The FUNS programme is being used in approximately 3000 schools as well as community sports environments across the country. The programme has been piloted successfully in many contexts including:

 

  • Curriculum PE to enable, extend or enrich existing programmes

  • Gifted and Talented development programmes

  • Support for physically immature children

  • Multi-skill Clubs and Academies

  • Integration into sport specific programmes

  • Pre-school and family learning environments

  • Reopening windows for older or mature performers reaching plateau or sport specific barriers

 

Is there a FUNS competition? If yes, what kind of?

 

The FUNS programme includes an integrated Awards Scheme which can quite easily be adapted into intra or inter-school based competitions, including virtual competitions.

 

The recommended rewards system underpins the scheme and provides an extrinsic and tangible marker of success. It operates on six coloured levels of attainment. At each level or colour band, twelve stations need to be successfully completed before the young people can move on. The band system is similar to the “grading” system for martial arts where yellow is the starting point and black the most advanced. As a colour is completed, this success is acknowledged and celebrated with the award of a coloured “band” to wear around the wrist.

 

What is your sports background?

 

Ronnie Heath was England Basketball’s Coach of the Year in 2007, following the rise of the Taunton Tigers ‘home grown’ Men’s team to National Division 1. John Parsons spent 4 years with Chelsea Football Club and went on to the United States on a soccer scholarship where he gained an MSc in Education and began his coaching career. John has coached at all ages and levels of Youth Football and is currently a UEFA 'B' Licensed Coach, an FA Coach Educator and a Senior Tutor for sports coach UK.

 

What other courses do you offer?

 

Create Development delivers high quality personal development opportunities for education, sport and business sectors. We provide creative and personalised programmes which accelerate individual learning and maximize people’s potential in the workplace.

 

Create Development is a market leader in the delivery and provision of resources for fundamental movement and multi-skills. In addition to the FUNS for everyone programme, we also have our ‘Raising the Bar’ and ‘Accelerating Abilities’ programmes and resources.

 

1. Raising the Bar

 

‘Raising the Bar is a groundbreaking resource…unrivalled in the field’ (Dr David Morley, 2009)

 

This 1-day practical course builds on the FUNS course and will enhances delegates’ understanding of multi-skills as a broad, balanced, child-centred approach to PE and Sport. Supported by an exciting new and innovative resource, it explores how to use multi-skills and multi-ability approach to develop the ‘whole child’, including their personal, physical, social, cognitive and creative abilities. The course is ideal for those delivering Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 Curriculum, Multi-Skill Clubs and Gifted and Talented Academies.

 

Using the original ‘FUNS for everyone’ programme as a spine, the new resource includes 3 x 8 module schemes of work, providing a menu of sessions and activities linked to the different abilities. In addition, recognising the importance of assessment for learning, the resource is built around a Whole-Part- Whole method of delivery.

 

2. Accelerating Abilities

 

This 1-day course provides an opportunity to explore a fantastic IT resource that makes it simple for teachers, coaches and students/athletes to track progress, set targets, celebrate success and inform future planning. The tool effectively links to reporting and transfer documents and simplifies the identification and development of talented students/athletes.

 

During this highly practical course delegates will experience and investigate exciting high quality delivery methods which both shift the responsibility of learning towards the student/athlete and accelerate their progress in P.E. and Sport. Accelerating Abilities supports teachers in planning lessons to meet the specific needs of the students/athletes.

 

www.createdevelopment.co.uk