Part One

Introduction and Foreword

The planned four parts of the story of ‘Harlow to K2 and Beyond’ are being published in phases. Part One (Chapters 1, 2 & 3) is now available on this website. Part One largely covers the period up to 1975. Parts Two, Three and Four (covering Chapters 4 to 12) will be published in sequence over the coming year…

Part One: The dawn and early development of the indoor sports centre

Part One provides a picture of organisational, sporting, and political activity, mainly from the 1950s to 1974/5. This period set the scene for the advent and establishment of the indoor community sports centre across the UK in the following decades. It records the pioneering stages of centre developments in this period, in terms of the buildings, organisations, and people.