The live-action, animated series will star Arsenal's Rachel Yankey and a team of animated footballing canines, Footy Pups.

CBeebies green-lights new sports show for kids, Footy Pups

A new live action and animated series dedicated to teaching children basic sport skills is making its way to CBeebies.

The popular children’s channel has commissioned Dot to Dot Productions to inspire children to take up sport and exercise, in the new series, titled Footy Pups.

Hosted by one of England’s most capped footballers, Arsenal’s Rachel Yankey OBE, the show aims to ‘put the fun back in to kids’ football and celebrate the game that’s about passing, thinking, developing skills and playing as a team.’

Each episode will see Yankey teach a different skill to a group of children and a five a side team of animated canines called the Footy Pups. Each episode will follow the pups on a short animated adventure, as they compete against a league of animal rivals, including hippos, ducks and more,

The show, aimed at children aged three to six, is scheduled to air this spring.

Alan Robinson, head of development at Dot to Dot Productions, said: “Through Footy Pups’ adventures and Rachel’s simple, fun practice drills and games, young players and viewers alike will learn skills for all sports and for life: imagination, co-ordination, concentration and team-work.”

Ken Benbow, controller of CBeebies, added: “As a passionate football fan myself, it’s great to be inspiring the next generation of players by bringing Footy Pups to CBeebies.

“Rachel is a brilliant coach and presenter and I know our audience will love following the adventures of the Footy Pups while learning football skills at the same time.”

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