Ex-Public school boys and amateurism

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  • Created on: 13-05-16 19:12

The role nineteenth century schools in promoting and organising sports and games:

Large numbers of upper and middle class school boys attended the elite public boarding schools such as Eton and Harrow

  • Had enough money to build specialist facilities
  • Could employ specialist staff
  • Professional coaches also employed
  • Boarding meant that there was lots of free time after lessons so the boys ended up playing for hours each day which raised standards
  • Built in vast grounds, allowing pitches to be levelled, squash courts to be built
  • House games captain would put up a lost to encourage everyone to be involved
  • Headmasters went out of their way to encourage participation
  • Gradually, fixtures between schools became more regular 

On leaving school, the young men took their passion for team games to university with them. When…


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