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An Education in Sport by Mark Clapson

An Education in Sport by Mark Clapson

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An Education in Sport by Mark Clapson

Competition, communities and identities at the University of Westminster since 1864.

In 1882 the noted educator, philanthropist and businessman, Quintin Hogg, brought his Young Men’s Christian Institute from Covent Garden to 309 Regent Street, London. It soon became known as the Regent Street Polytechnic (or, more usually, the Poly). A strong believer in the health-giving properties of sports, Hogg financed a new gymnasium and swimming pool in the Regent Street building, while in the suburbs of London he purchased tennis courts and sports pitches, and built a boathouse at Chiswick. By the time of Hogg’s death in 1903, athletics, boxing, cricket, cycling, fencing, football, hockey, tennis, rowing, rugby and swimming were among many sports at the Poly and Hogg’s sporting legacy has continued to thrive.

Dr Mark Clapson, Reader in History at the University of Westminster, draws upon the University’s extensive archives to celebrate a unique and ground-breaking sporting heritage that began in the nineteenth century, and is still very much alive today. His previous publications include A Bit of a Flutter: Popular Gambling and English Society, 1823-1961 (Manchester University Press, 1992) and Working-Class Suburb: Social Change on an English Council Estate, 1930-2010 (Manchester University Press, 2012).

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