Sport and British Politics since 1960

Sport and British Politics since 1960

Sport and British Politics since 1960

Sport and British Politics since 1960

Synopsis

The author has used his experience on the Sports Council, as well as his many years in the field, to record the development of sport in Britain and the direct relationship between sport and politics.

Excerpt

Within weeks of my retirement from the Sports Council where I had been Deputy Director-General for eight years following my ten years as Regional Director for the West Midlands, a number of colleagues and friends in the Sports Council, higher education and the media variously suggested that I should record the developments of sport in Britain during the time I had sat at the centre or close to it. They suggested that so much had happened since 1960 and the task should be done before the memory faded, people moved on and original sources dried up.

I was also becoming aware that students working for degrees at under-graduate and postgraduate levels, particularly in sports science, sports studies, movement and physical education, were reporting a dearth of resource material in the study of contemporary developments in sport in Great Britain. The paucity of literature in this field was brought home to me in a personal way at the West London Institute of Higher Education where the Principal, Dr. John Kane, a long-standing friend from our days together at Loughborough College in 1947-48, had asked me to lecture on British and international sport as a Visiting Professor.

I therefore felt that I had an obligation to give an account of what had transpired from the Deputy Director-General's perspective at the Sports Council and to set this in the wider context of sport and British politics. I have attempted to weave the main strands in the development of sport in Britain during the last thirty years into the text, avoiding the temptation to sensationalize matters by personal anecdotes which might well have been interesting in themselves but would have added nothing to the history of the period. In the preparation of the manuscript the selection of material to omit has proved more difficult than the decision of what to include. In describing the principal events that have affected the development of sport in Britain since 1960 my aim was to display the momentous changes that have taken place as a result of statutory and non-statutory action that have given opportunity to so many more at every level of attainment. This progress has brought undoubted benefits to many who seek enjoyment and

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