The FA Launches New App to Kick-Start Children’s Play and Learning
The FA and McDonald’s have today launched an innovative app to help increase five to eight year olds football participation, fun and learning
Available free of charge, The FA SuperKicks app targets parents and coaches of children of any ability. With a focus on rewarding play and learning, the app is a valuable tool to encourage education and participation.
The app is packed with over one hundred active and educational challenges, from football challenges like ‘defend your gate’, ‘cross the sea’ and ‘scoring zone’,
Each activity has an easy to follow video guide, with the star of the app called ‘Kicker’ - a football shaped character - acting as the child’s coach and mentor, providing encouragement throughout the challenges. Activities are across three levels of attainment and can also be played by one or two players for collective learning.
To encourage continual development in a fun environment, children’s participation will be recorded and rewarded with animated badges, with achievements unlocking customisable features and ‘Super Points’ earned for attempting selected challenges.
The app was unveiled at the launch of McDonald’s participation-based Fun Football programme. The FA SuperKicks app, informal coaching sessions, Fun Football Festivals and Activity Book will all form part of a pledge between The FA and McDonald’s to deliver five million hours of fun football to 5 to 11 year olds by 2022.
Steve Day, Head of Development at The FA, said: “Based upon The England DNA foundation phase, The FA SuperKicks app has been designed to help children have fun, develop their active lives and a love of football but also stimulate the learning of skills and abilities, which will be useful in all areas of their life. We hope this proves a valuable tool for parents and coaches and helps inspire a lifelong relationship with the game.”
Beatrice Thirkettle, Hertfordshire FA Football Development Officer, said: “SuperKicks is a great way for children to build their love of football, with exciting challenges for them to complete that will test their skills and improve their abilities.
Parents know that phones and tablets can offer great learning experiences for children, but worry that time spent on them might mean they are not being as active as they would like. It’s great that this app combines the best of both, encouraging kids to get out and play and helping develop the footballers of the future”.
The FA SuperKicks app is now available to download in the iOS and Amazon app stores, by following the links below