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The contribution of the independent school sector to Team GB August 20, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education.
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Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools


We would like to recommend an excellent article by Malcolm Tozer, editor of our 2012 book Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools.

Malcolm has a contributed an article to this month’s edition of The International Journal of the History of Sport examining the contribution of privately educated athletes in Great British teams competing in the Summer Olympic Games of 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

The piece is titled ‘One of the Worst Statistics in British Sport, and Wholly Unacceptable’: The Contribution of Privately Educated Members of Team GB to the Summer Olympic Games 2000-2012 and it can be viewed online by following this link.

Malcolm’s research is a continuation of an online-only chapter that accompanied the release of our book, which looked at this issue considering the 2012 Games. This piece, and a record of all current and former independent school pupils who have represented their sport at international level, can be found at the website www.peandsports.co.uk.

The education of our top sportspeople became a leading issue surrounding the London Games and we were delighted to see Malcolm quoted extensively in the national press, as well as writing a number of articles.

His book, which was published before the Olympics, provides a holistic look at PE, sport and games at our independent schools. It includes contributions from leading names such as Jonathan Edwards, Sir Clive Woodward and Baroness Grey-Thompson, with a foreword by HRH The Princess Royal.

To order a copy of Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, please visit our bookshop.

For the eBook version, follow this link to Amazon Kindle.