Amateurism in British Sport

It Matters Not Who Won or Lost?


Author: Dilwyn Porter,Stephen Wagg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136802908

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 212

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The ideal of the amateur competitor, playing the game for love and, unlike the professional, totally untainted by commerce, has become embedded in many accounts of the development of modern sport. It has proved influential not least because it has underpinned a pervasive impression of professionalism - and all that came with it - as a betrayal of i

Amateurism in Sport

An Analysis and Defence


Author: Lincoln Allison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136326715

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

View: 7964

We often decry "amateurism", yet one can do things "for the love of it" rather than for money. It can also show that an economic system which has more voluntary, unpaid activity is a more efficient system. This work examines amateurism's rationale, its history, ethics and economics.

A History of Sports Coaching in Britain

Overcoming Amateurism


Author: Dave Day,Tegan Carpenter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317686314

Category: History

Page: 208

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At the London Olympics in 2012 Team GB achieved a third place finish in the medals table. A key factor in this achievement was the high standard of contemporary British sports coaching. But how has British sports coaching transitioned from the amateur to the professional, and what can the hitherto under-explored history of sports coaching in Britain tell us about both the early history of sport and about contemporary coaching practice? A History of Sports Coaching in Britain is the first book to attempt to examine the history of British sports coaching, from its amateur roots in the deep nineteenth century to the high performance, high status professional coaching cultures of today. The book draws on original primary source material, including the lost coaching lives of key individuals in British coaching, to trace the development of coaching in Britain. It assesses the continuing impact of the nineteenth-century amateur ethos throughout the twentieth century, and includes important comparisons with developments in international coaching, particularly in North America and the Eastern Bloc. The book also explores the politicisation of sport and the complicated interplay between politics and coaching practice, and illuminates the origins of the structures, organisations and philosophies that surround performance sport in Britain today. This book is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the history of sport, sports coaching, sports development, or the relationships between sport and wider society.

Amateurs and Professionals in Post-War British Sport


Author: Dilwyn Porter,Adrian Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113530730X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 214

View: 9955

The pressures and demands of professionalism and commercialization have transformed Britain's sports. At the end of the 20th century sports have been packaged and marketed as mass entertainment for a national or even international audience. This volume explores different facets of this phenomenon.

Sport and the British World, 1900-1930

Amateurism and National Identity in Australasia and Beyond


Author: E. Nielsen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137398515

Category: History

Page: 257

View: 9146

This book provides a lively study of the role that Australians and New Zealanders played in defining the British sporting concept of amateurism. In doing so, they contributed to understandings of wider British identity across the sporting world.

Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport


Author: S. Wagg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230320813

Category: History

Page: 315

View: 6330

The conventional history of sport, as conveyed by television and the sports press, has thrown up a great many apparent turning points, but knowledge of these apparently defining moments is often slight. This book offers readable, in-depth studies of a series of these watersheds in sport history and of the circumstances in which they came about.

Sport and the British

A Modern History


Author: Richard Holt

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192852298

Category: Religion

Page: 396

View: 938

This lively and thoroughly researched history - the first of its kind - goes beyond the great names and moments to explain how organized sport has changed since 1800, and why it holds such a special place in the lives of Britons of all classes. Combining illuminating and entertaining anecdotes with scholarly insight, this fascinating survey will increase an understanding of the British obsession with sport among sports lovers and loathers alike.

The History of Sport in Britain, 1880-1914: Sport and money


Author: Martin Polley

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415231404

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 512

View: 3842

This five volume set is a comprehensive collection of primary sources on sports in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. At the beginning of the period few sports were regulated, but by the outbreak of the First World War organized sports had become an integral part of British cultural, social and economic life. Specialist Martin Polley has collected articles from a wide range of journals including "Blackwood's Magazine,"" Nineteenth Century," "Fortnightly Review" and "Contemporary Review," all of which reveal changing middle-class attitudes to sports. The five volumes cover the varieties of sports being promoted, sports and education, commercial and financial aspects, sports and animals and the globalization of sports through empire.

Barbarians, Gentlemen and Players

A Sociological Study of the Development of Rugby Football


Author: Eric Dunning,Kenneth Sheard

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780714682907

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 310

View: 8942

First published in 1979, this classic study of the development of rugby from folk game to its modern Union and League forms has become a seminal text in sport history. In a new epilogue the authors provide sociological analysis of the major developments in international ruby that have taken place since 1979, with particular attention to the professionalism that was predicted in the first edition of this text. Sports lovers, rugby fans and students of the history and sociology of sport will find it invaluable. Rugby football is descended from winter 'folk games' which were a deeply rooted tradition in pre-industrial Britain. This was the first book to study the development of Rugby from this folk tradition to the game in its modern forms. The folk forms of football were extremely violent and serious injuries - even death - were a common feature. The game was refined in the public schools who played a crucial role in formulating the rules which required footballers to exercise greater self-control. With the spread of rugby into the wider society, the Rugby Football Union was founded but class tensions led to the split between Rugby Union and Rugby League. The authors examine the changes that led to the professionalisation of Rugby Union as well as the alleged resurgence of violence in the modern game.

Paradise of Sport

The Rise of Organised Sport in Australia


Author: Richard I. Cashman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sports

Page: 242

View: 5724

Australia has long been regarded as a paradise of sport, but few have questioned why. When and how was this sporting paradise established? Who created it, and for whom? Richard Cashman's Paradise of Sport explores the rise of organized sport in Australia and advances many reasons why sport became so dominant. Australian society was deeply influenced by the games cult inherited from Britain. Strategically located land was found for sporting venues in the new cities, reinforcing sport's lofty status. Abundant waterways and superb beaches encouraged this fascination. Australia's prosperity after the Gold Rush led to an elaborate sporting culture which included grand stadiums, racecourses, gymnasiums, swimming pools and golf links. Sport represented a kind of social unifier, binding new communities, neighbourhoods, suburbs and country towns. Every paradise presupposes its hell. If Australia became a sporting utopia, it was more so for certain Australians: men rather thanwomen; Anglo-Celtic Australians rather than immigrants and Aborigines. Sizeable numbers of women and men came to resent the dominance of sport in Australia. Many intellectuals believe that Australians' preoccupation with sport has been detrimental. Richard Cashman disagrees and contends that sport is central to the business of being Australian. Believing that nothing will be gained by deriding or ignoring sport - the theatre of the masses - he contends that sport, like politics and business, needs to be scrutinized, historicized, and understood.