The belief in the capacity of sport to positively develop both the individual and society has not been lost on UK governments. Most recently the thoughts, words and actions which comprise sport policy in the UK have focused on young people (Collins, 2010). The statutory requirement to attend school between the ages of 5 and 16 years, has afforded policy-makers the opportunity to shape the initial experiences of this priority and 'captive' group with the intention of encouraging habitual, lifelong participation in sport and physical activity through and beyond the school and extra-curriculum (Cale, 2000; Houlihan, 2000; Roberts, 1996).
Editor's comments - [ Although it could be argued that the catalyst for UK government interest and involvement in youth sport began 50 years ago with the revelation of a 'gap' between sporting participation in school and adulthood (Wolfenden, 1960), which led to the formation of the Advisory Sports Council (later GB Sports Council) in 1965 (Houlihan & White, 2002); this review is concerned with how and why the sport policy of the most recent generation of Conservative and Labour administrations has shaped the status of physical education (PE) and examines the somewhat blurred relationships with sport. ] Reference this?Gold, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Gold (2012)
Reference : Gold, J. (2012). The same difference: a review of Conservative and Labour government physical education and school sport policy between 1988-2010. Manchester: MMU
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