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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 […]

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 […]

Women in Sports Centre Management – not just as good as but better than…

From a short background of teaching in London I saw great opportunity following local government re-organisation in the mid ‘70’s to join an industry which promised huge growth. My first step was to be appointed Leisure Research Officer at one of the Greater Manchester (GM) local authorities. Identifying and mapping all leisure and cultural facilities […]

AFC Bournemouth – a concept ahead of its time

In 1970 AFC Bournemouth, an aspiring third division soccer club were getting some gates of 15,000 plus with seating for only 4,000 spectators in an elderly stand. A completely new stadium project had been conceived and approved by the local planning authority despite some initial planning difficulties in the local community (resolved by an intervention […]

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