The Early Olympics

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The Olympic Games



  • The Ancient Olympics were festivals combing sport, religion and music that took place throughout the Mediterranean region
  • In England in the early 1600,s, Robert Dover founded the Cotswold Olympic games- inspired by his studies of Ancient Greece
  • The games were stopped in 1852 due to rowdiness and dangerous activities
  • In 1980 they were revived and are now celebrated each June in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

In Invitation to Shropshire:

  • William Penny Brocks was a doctor who devoted much of his life to the people of Much Wenlock
  • In 1850, he founded the Wenlock Olympian Games aiming to promote the moral, physical and intellectual improvement of the inhabitants of the town and the neighbourhood of Wenlock
  • He also had a broader, more ambitious vision of establishing an international sporting festival
  • In 1889, Brooks invited De Coubertin to visit the games

The Idea Germinates:

  • The invitation was accepted and De Coubertin also visited the English public schools
  • De Coubertin wanted the philosophy of these schools for the young people of France

De Coubertin’s Vision:

  • De Coubertin attended the Much Wenlock Games in 1890 and witnessed an impressive opening ceremony as well as Athletics, Football, Cricket and traditional country sports such as quoit-throwing
  • He was inspired and he and Brooks had an ambition to reinvent the Ancient Olympics in Athens
  • Brooks died aged 86, just four months before the realisation of the shared vision
  • The Wenlock Games are still held in July each year, attracting Athletes from all over the UK


Principles, aims and philosophy of the modern Olympic movement:

The Olympic Charter:

States that’s the fundamental principles of the Olympic Games are:

  • “To contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and


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