All posts by: Joanne Smith-Wood

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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 […]

Sport for All

Over the years ‘Sport for All’ has become widely accepted in the UK as a generic slogan for broad aspects of sports activity. In the UK it may have originally arisen from The CCPR theme in the early 1960s of ‘Opportunities for All’, and pursued, as we see in Chapter 1, through the Wolfenden Report […]

Personal recollections and reflections of Bryan ‘Griff’ Jones

Historically…the personal recollections and reflections of Bryan ‘Griff’ Jones …the UK’s first known ‘Dual Use’ Sports Centre Manager …and the first UK manager of a leisure centre with a leisure pool Manager – Breeze Hill School Sports Centre 1966-68 Director – The Grove Sports Centre, Balderton, Nottinghamshire 1968-71 Manager – Bletchley Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes […]

Cambridge Parkside Pools

Author: Ian Cooper, Director of Leisure Services, Cambridge City Council (1992 – 1999)   1. Introduction 1.1. This case study highlights the difficulties of replacing major public sports facilities in an era when commercial partnerships were all the rage and trusts were in their infancy. The Cambridge facilities discussed have several unique elements and it […]

Leisure Centres in Northumberland

Northumberland provides an example of how publicly provided leisure centres came to be developed in an area with a two tier structure of local government. Northumberland is the northern most county in England. It is primarily rural with a long coastline on its eastern edge. The county has a relatively weak economy compared with other […]

A review of the BBC Sportstown programmes

A report compiled by Bernard Warden Sports organiser for the programmes Sportstown started in 1973 with a request and meeting with Alan Hart the then the Head of Sport for the BBC to discuss an idea he had about an inter Sports Centre competition.  The meeting was to discuss an idea to highlight Sports Centres […]

Chapter 6 UK Leisure Pools identified: 1974-1999

This list covers the majority of leisure pools identified in the Project research, but not all, we assume.   ENGLAND 1974 Bletchley (February) Rotherham (March) Whitley Bay (April) (freestanding) 1975 Colchester Leisure World 1976 Oasis, Swindon 1977 Concordia Cramlington South Shields (freestanding) Northgate Arena Chester Putteridge Luton 1978 Crowtree Sunderland Broxbourne 1979 Thornbury Bristol 1981 […]

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