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January 24th, 2013

Barbara Bell has recently met with other members of the European Sport Development Network to discuss plans to develop the network and plan future events.  Professor Andy Smith is leading the planning for ESDN 2013 Symposium at Edge Hill University.  Current ESDN chair is Chris Mackintosh, now at Liverpool JMU.  MMU is likely to host a future seminar in the planned series, which will draw together work in Health and Well-being and Sport Participation. Barbara is contributing to the development of a position paper for the group, and in European links.


November 29th, 2012

Second International Coaching Conference – First Call for Papers

Centre for Research into Coaching
In conjunction with Sports Coaching Review

Presents its Second International Coaching Conference

Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 June 2013
Wychwood Park Conference Centre, Weston, Crewe, Cheshire, UK

The organisers would be delighted to receive papers on any aspect of coaching theory, practice or history and will accommodate as many submissions as possible.

Particularly welcome will be papers that address the theme of Coaching Cultures, which might encompass such topics as:

  • Coaching within Sporting Cultures – international approaches to coaching, particular and peculiar coaching and cultural practices, coaching within marginal sports cultures
  • History of Coaching Cultures – traditional coaching cultures, the emergence of new cultural and coaching practices, the development of institutional control and the key figures involved in these processes
  • Coaching Cultures in Conflict – resistance and change, the coaching outsider as a cultural critic, coaching the counter orthodoxy and mavericks, madmen and outliers
  • Generating Cultures through Coaching Practice – coaching practice as cultural learning, coaching communities as the cultural guardians and the culture of the ‘elite’ coach.

Presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes of questions. Abstracts (250-350 words) should be forwarded as an email attachment to Dave Day on by 31 January 2013. Please format according to Sports Coaching Review guidelines.

Further Information
This conference is the second in a series of biannual coaching conferences, the first of which was held in 2011. Podcasts and presentations from that event can be accessed at A follow-up text is at

All presentations will be recorded and produced as podcasts on the Centre for Research into Coaching website. All presenters will be asked to contribute their presentation paper to a post-conference text and selected presenters will be invited to submit a full paper to Sports Coaching Review for publication in a special edition.

The conference venue has an extensive hotel incorporated within it and an 18-hole golf course. Details at The conference organisers have negotiated a special rate for delegates both for accommodation and for access to the golf course. Further conference details can be obtained from Dave Day at email address shown above.


October 17th, 2012

Autumn Workshop: British Society of Sports History

North West Region Sport and Leisure History Network

BSSH North-West Sport and Leisure History Network

Autumn 2012 Workshop – Saturday 24 November 2012

Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe, Cheshire

Workshop schedule
9.00 Registration and Introduction
10 – 10.50. Melanie Tebbutt (MMU)
Psychology and the Outdoor Movement in the 1920s
11 – noon. Diane Clements (Director, Museum of Freemasonry)
‘Devoted exclusively to Association Football’: New Light on Freemasonry and Football

Julie Moore (University of Hertfordshire)
Golf and the Common: The Hertfordshire Experience

12.15 – 1.15. Grace Huxford (University of Warwick)
‘The Finest Spectacle in P.O.W. History’: the 1952 ‘Inter-Camp Olympics’ and British
Prisoners of War in the Korean War

John Bale (Keele University)
Wilson of ‘The Wizard’: Asserting the Rural in Post-War Britain

1.15 – 2.15 Lunch  
2.15 – 3.05. Mike Huggins (University of Cumbria)
The Regional and Local History of North-West Leisure: A Historiographical Review.
3.30 – 5.00. Jeff Hill (DMU, International Centre for Sport History and Culture)
Leisure, Politics and the Conservative Party Hegemony in North-West
England, 1880s-1930s

Claire Robinson (University of Birmingham)
Pantomime and the Bankruptcy of Captain Bainbridge – 1889

Douglas Hope (University of Cumbria)
‘Pen and paper quizzes, games and dancing’: Holiday Making with the Co-operative
Holidays Association and Holiday Fellowship.

5.00 p.m. onwards Extending the Network – Informal meeting.

Costs/Registration (To include lunch): £25 per head
Postgraduates £15

Download a copy of the abstracts

Register online at

For further details contact Dave Day on 07785545193 or at

About BSSH Regional Sport and Leisure History Networks

The British Society of Sports History (BSSH) has prioritised the establishment of regional networks to further encourage the study of sport and leisure history and to promote regional histories of sport and leisure. Regional networks facilitate interaction with local archives and museums and organise
regular workshops to provide a regular forum to present and discuss new research.

If you would like to be added to the North West network’s mailing list, please get in touch with Samantha-Jayne Oldfield at


December 2nd, 2011

Sporting Lives is now available to buy online

Hot off the press

Sporting Lives is now available to buy online.

Sporting Lives is collection of short papers on the lives of men and women connected with the sporting world has its origins in a Sporting Lives symposium hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute for Performance Research in December 2010. The contributors come from different backgrounds and include some of Britain’s leading sports historians. The one thing they all have in common is an interest in sporting biography and an in-depth knowledge of at least one individual’s life course.

The work opens with a chapter from John Bale that outlines the career of sport scientist Ernst Jokl and explores the difficulty in writing biography especially given the many ‘layers of truth’ that permeate an individual’s narrative. This theme is evident in subsequent chapters on equestrienne Pat Smythe (Jean Willliams), the fictional athlete Alf Tupper (Jeffrey Hill), footballers The Reverend Hunt (Dilwyn Porter) and Patrick O’Connell (Robin Peake), football manager Frank Buckley (Neil Carter), athletics coach Alec Nelson (Ian Stone), swimmer Joey Nuttall (Keith Myerscough), Olympic innovator John Hulley (Ray Hulley), pedestrian entrepreneur George Martin (Samantha-Jayne Oldfield), and eighteenth century boxing entrepreneurs (Dave Day).

Taken together these papers highlight the richness and diversity of sporting lives as well as demonstrating that these stories can never be entirely finished but will continue to evolve as further sources are uncovered.


March 22nd, 2011

Centres and Peripheries – Malmo

Barbara Bell presented on her research into the impacts of Euro 2005 with an update on Women’s football in NW England  The paper contributing to the theme:  The Development of Women Sport: Separate but not Equal.  The event was part of a larger international conference which included multi-disciplinary perspectives of Football and Women’s Sport, hosted by the University of Malmo, April of 2010.  A paper is currently undergoing revisions for submission to a special issue of Sport in Society.


January 11th, 2011

Sporting Lives Symposium

Saturday December 4th 2010 Wychwood Park Hotel and Conference Centre, Weston, Crewe, Cheshire.

Jean Williams – Pat Smythe, (A or The) Great British Olympian

Jean Williams is a Senior Research Fellow in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture. After writing two books on women’s football A Game For Rough Girls (Routledge 2003) and A Beautiful Game (Berg 2007), she is now working on a research monograph called A Contemporary History of Women’s Sport (Routledge Research, 2011) and a history of British women Olympians. The paper discussing the life and career of equestrian Pat Smythe is based on that ongoing research.

Download: Audiocast (MP3)

Robin Peake – Patrick O’Connell: An Irishman Abroad (Football)

Robin Peake holds a Masters of Research from the University of Ulster where his thesis was entitled ‘Was Patrick O’Connell a typical professional footballer of his time?’ His undergraduate dissertation, for which he won the Donal Conway prize, used association football as a gauge to assess Northern Ireland’s involvement in World War Two. He has presented on Irish Sporting Migration and is a contributor in the forthcoming Sports Around the World encyclopaedia, though he hopes to make the transition into Ecclesiastical History for PhD study. Robin is a committed Christian and an avid Northern Ireland supporter, who provides audio commentary at Windsor Park for blind and impartially sighted fans and contributes regularly to the fanzine “Happy Days”.

Downloads: Powerpoint / Audiocast (MP3)

Jeffrey Hill – Alf Tupper: Tough of the Track

Jeffrey Hill is Emeritus Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies at De Montfort University where, until 2007, he was Director of the International Centre for Sport, History and Culture. His research interests include the cultural history of sport and leisure, and popular politics in Britain. He has published Sport, Leisure and Culture in Twentieth Century Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002) and Sport and the Literary Imagination: essays in history, literature, and sport (Peter Lang, 2006). Sport: A Historical Introduction is due from Palgrave Macmillan in late 2010. With Anthony Bateman he has edited the Cambridge Companion to Cricket for CUP (to be published March 2011) and he is also working on a study of popular politics and culture in north-west England from the 1880s to the 1930s.

Downloads: Powerpoint / Audiocast (MP3)

Keith Myerscough – The Life and Times of Joey Nuttall (Swimming)

Keith Myerscough is a Senior Lecturer and Curriculum Manager for Foundation Degree’s in Sports Studies, Sports Development and Sports Coaching at Blackpool University Centre, an Associate College of Lancaster University. Areas of interest include community sports development and coaching, comparative studies in physical education and school sport, and the historiography of rational forms of recreation. Keith began his career as a teacher of physical education within the State School sector before moving on to manage the UK’s first basketball/netball facility in Stockport, Greater Manchester. He returned to teaching in the FE/HE sectors in 1999.

Downloads: Powerpoint / Audiocast (MP3)

Dilwyn Porter – Rev K.R.G. Hunt: Footballer and Muscular Christian

Dilwyn Porter is Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University. He has written extensively on twentieth century British history and on various aspects of business history. His main work in sports history has focused on Cold War sport, especially football; national and regional identity and sport; amateurism in English football; and entrepreneurship in sports-related business. He was co-editor of Sport in History from 2004 to 2008.

Downloads: Powerpoint / Audiocast (MP3)

John Bale – Ernst Jokl (The ‘Father of American Sports Science’)

John Bale is Emeritus Professor of Sports Studies at Keele University. He has authored several books and numerous articles on various aspects of sport. He has a particular interest in written and visual representations, exemplified by his Imagined Olympians (University of Minnesota Press), Roger Bannister and the Four Minute Mile (Routledge), Running Cultures (Routledge) and Anti-Sport Sentiments in Literature (Routledge). He is currently writing a book on Lewis Carroll and his engagements with sports.

Download: Audiocast (MP3)

Ray Hulley – John Hulley (Olympics)

Ray Hulley DMS is a retired senior Home Office official with a management services background in Prison, Police, Fire, Immigration, Magistrates’ courts and Forensic Science Services. He has been a family historian for over 30 years and he has written several articles for the Guild of One-Name Studies, the North Cheshire Family History Society and the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society journals as well as a book covering the history of a Hulley family. He was granted a Fellowship by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society in May 2001 for his voluntary work at the Public Record Office in London and at The National Archives at Kew. He has been working on John Hulley’s founding role in the 19th century Olympic movement since 2001.

Downloads: Powerpoint / Audiocast (MP3)

Neil Carter – Frank Buckley (Football)

Neil Carter is a senior research fellow in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Leicester. His book, The Football Manager: A History, was published by Routledge in 2006. He has published more recently on the history of sports medicine and was the editor of Coaching Cultures published in 2010 in which he contributed an article on coaching in British athletics. His book on a history of Sport and Medicine is due for publication by Bloomsbury Academic in 2011.

Downloads: Powerpoint / Audiocast (MP3)

Ian Stone – Alec Nelson (Athletics)

Ian Stone is a Professorial Fellow at Durham Business School, and St Chad’s College, Durham University. He is Director of the Policy Research Group at the University and also a Research Fellow at the UK Commission for Employment & Skills. His academic interests are entrepreneurship, business enterprise and labour markets. He has undertaken a large body of research for government departments and agencies, and acted as policy advisor both in the UK and overseas. While his work over the years has included the role of sport in regional development – and his PhD was in history – Ian’s involvement in this project arises out of fortuitous contact with Dave Day while researching the life of his great uncle, Alec Nelson. He intends one day to write the definitive work on management failure over the long-term, based upon Newcastle United’s experience.

Downloads: Powerpoint / Audiocast (MP3)

Dave Day – Figg, Taylor and Broughton: Boxing Entrepreneurs

Dave Day is a senior lecturer in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Manchester Metropolitan University where his research interests focus on the history of coaching practice and training and the biographies of coaches and trainers. While his recent published work has been on swimming with a short biography of 1912 Olympic coach Walter Brickett and a paper on nineteenth century swimming professors in London he is currently engaged on illuminating the lives of early nineteenth century pedestrian trainers and the pugilist trainers who preceded them.

Downloads: Powerpoint / Audiocast (MP3)

For information on this symposium please contact Dave Day on Mobile: 07785545193
Bookings and registration



December 20th, 2010

ESDN 2010

Barbara Bell and Ian Atkin presented at the ESDN Symposium Sport for sport: theoretical and practical insights into sports development, hosted by University of Hertfordshire in September.   Barbara Bell was one of the session co-ordinators and is currently involved in the editorial aspects of the proceeedings, which will be published in conjunction with the LSA .  The event was well supported by UK and some European delegates, including professional and academic colleagues, with international level of keynotes, including Fred Coalter, Vassil Girginov and Kevin Hylton.


January 28th, 2010

New website launched

The Institute for Performance Research (IPR) are excited to launch the new website and microsites.

The new site provides information about our research for sport and the contemporary arts. Our two research centres (Research in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity (SEPA) and Performance and Screen Media (PSM)) have their own groups microsites, please visit our IPR groups section for further details.

We hope you will enjoy the site.


January 27th, 2010

Forthcoming Books and Chapters

Bill Taylor, Dave Day and Ryan Groom have been invited to contribute to a significant new book, edited by Wade Gilbert, Paul Potrac and Jim Dennison , “The Handbook of Sports Coaching”

Barbara Bell is contributing a chapter based on personal and professional reflections on the Summer of 2012 and the rhetoric versus the reality of Olympic legacy, to a new book by Mark Perryman, “how was it for us: critial reflections on London 2012″


January 27th, 2010


Barbara Bell and John Daniels both presented at the inaugural European Sport Development Network symposium in Nottingham, Sept 3-4, 2009. Jamie Daniels also contributed a poster to the event, attended by about 30 delegates including contributers from Germany, Finland and Japan.