All posts by: Joanne Smith-Wood

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Sports Centre Management Recruitment and Professional Sports & Recreation Bodies: The Historical Background

1. Three Principal Sources for Centre Management Recruitment Initially centre managers came mainly from three principal sources (Physical Education, Baths Management and the Military Services). From the mid-1970s, as the number of sports centres rapidly grew, and demand and interest increased, the sources for managers broadened. 1A Physical Educationalists PE teaching was the largest source […]

National Sports Centres

By John Birch   The early years 1945-1970 Although established for a different purpose, National Sports Centres have played a part in the development of the indoor sports centre.  The first two National Sports Centres, Bisham Abbey and Lilleshall were based upon large country houses.  Bisham Abbey, the first Centre to be opened, in 1946, […]

The National Lottery – a personal contribution by Derek Casey

The 1980s had seen a slow but clear reduction in the investment in sport both at a local and national level. This is well documented in other contributions. From the late 1980s there had been increasing discussion about the possibility of introducing a National Lottery in the UK partly based on the success of other […]

Derek Casey

Derek Casey was born and educated in Scotland. In 1978-79, as a Scottish Sports Council Officer together with Mike Hornby, he was closely involved in ‘A Question of Balance’, a major survey of Scottish Sports Centres (see Chapter 6 – 6.2.1). Later, as the Chief Executive of the Sports Council and Sport England from 1994 […]

The Sports Council Award for Sports Centre Management

The Sports Councils’ Management Award was a national competition organises initially by The Sports Council from 1976 through till the 1980s, and subsequently into the 1990s by the four UK Sports Councils, to identify and promote good practice in the management of sports facilities. The Award was run as a partnership between the Sports Councils […]

Geraint John

John is an architect by profession. He was Head of the Sports Council’s Technical Unit for Sport for 21 years and lead author of the Council’s ‘Handbook of Sport and Recreation Building Design’ which influenced the development of many centres. He was also a leader of the Standardised Approach to Sports Halls (SASH) project. He […]

Mike Collins: 1943-2014

Mike studied at Oxford University, where he obtained a B.Litt. (1964) and MA (Urban Geography) (1970). From 1966 to 1970 he was a town planner for the London Borough of Haringey, and he obtained a Diploma in Town Planning at the Central London Polytechnic in 1970. In that same year he moved to work at […]

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